Project Development Officer (Ecologist)

Scottish Wildlife Trust

£30,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 23rd September 2019   6 days left

35 hours per week
Fixed term until: May 2021 (approx. 19 months)

We are seeking an experienced, confident urban ecologist with the skills to lead the development of the ecological change theme for the Edinburgh’s Thriving Green Spaces project. This is an opportunity to put nature at the heart of a pioneering programme designed to find sustainable ways to manage and fund parks and open spaces in Scotland’s capital city.

For over 50 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas. We are proud to have the support of more than 40,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 20 local (volunteer led) groups. The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities. The Trust manages a network of 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement. The Trust’s flagship Edinburgh Living Landscape initative has brought together partners who share the long-term vision that nature should be at the heart of the city’s future.

The Edinburgh’s Thriving Green Spaces project is one of eight urban areas to share in £11 million worth of funding from the Future Parks Accelerator to secure the future of the UK’s parks and greenspaces. Aligned with the Edinburgh 2050 City Vision, the aim of the project is to create a sustainable strategy that will ensure parks and greenspaces are enhanced, protected and cared for into the future. It will establish a sustainable funding model that enables us to resource a greenspace service relevant for 21st century urban living and take a lead on delivering many of the capital’s aspirations on place-making, health, sustainable energy, active travel, and biodiversity. To achieve this, we will harness the enthusiasm, skills and wherewithal of communities and partners, exploring new ways of working together that allows our green spaces to grow, thrive and adapt over the next three decades. Our work will focus on six change-categories, which collectively have the potential to revolutionise our green spaces: Community; Ecological; Commercial; Technological; Governance; and Sharing.

We are looking for a motivated experienced ecologist to work as part of the team embedded in the City of Edinburgh Council. You will have a good understanding of urban ecology and ecosystem services. Working with key stakeholders you will deliver an ecological coherence map that brings together habitat networks, ecosystem services and opportunity areas. You should be able to bring stakeholders to create consensus and contribute to the development of strategic plans. To deliver this successfully you must be an excellent communicator who is able to collaborate with a wide range of partners and stakeholders. As part of the project team you will support the other staff and partners to integrate the learning from the ecological change theme into the overall strategy. This will include leading on and supporting others to carry out research, analysis, testing, consultation, communications, and reporting on selected project actions and pilots. You will have excellent analytical skills and use information technology to interpret and analyse spatial data.

Employed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and working with a wide range of partners you will have the opportunity to influence how the city develops and explore new ways of working. As part of a motivated passionate organisation you will be supported by the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s network of staff and be part of the Living Landscape team who are delivering ground-breaking projects across Scotland.

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Closing date for applications: 10am on Monday 23th September 2019
Interviews will be held at Waverley Gate in Edinburgh on Wednesday 2nd October 2019

The Trust’s policies and practices support flexible working, and secondments will be considered on application.

The Trust is committed to equal opportunities and diversity in the workplace.

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