A new operational role has been created within RSPB Scotland Surveying Dept for a Rural Surveyor to provide professional rural surveying services to support the delivery of peatland restoration on RSPB reserves, by implementing legal and financial due diligence work, risk management, and acquisitions.
RSPB, via its Peatland Restoration Programme, wishes to restore c 7,000 ha of peatland on RSPB reserves for biodiversity and climate benefits, in line with our corporate strategy, ‘RSPB’s Strategy to 2030.’
Whilst the focus will be on the RSPB reserves across Scotland including the islands, there will be occasions where we will be working on or facilitating work on, land owned by 3rd parties. This area of work is growing in importance as part of the Scottish Government’s efforts to combat climate change. The role is an opportunity to be at the forefront of delivering peatland restoration, managing land to address climate change and deriving benefits from the financial returns from emerging carbon markets to invest back into peatland restoration.
The Peatland Restoration Programme will be financed via the sale of carbon credits, finance from corporate partnerships and substantially, Scottish Government funding via the Peatland ACTION Fund. A pipeline of Peatland restoration projects on RSPB reserves is being developed.
An understanding of the current thinking around climate change and Peatland Code, would be advantageous.
Key activities will include:
You will need to take an innovative approach to applying rural surveying professional skills to delivering peatland restoration objectives. As a growing area of work for RSPB, the work programme will be challenging, interesting and rewarding work. You will be encouraged to be out of the office, providing professional advice to staff, to minimise risk and optimise financial returns for the RSPB Scotland nature reserves. You will demonstrate initiative, motivation and flair, and be a talented individual who understands the needs of the modern Scottish rural land holding.
You will be part of our Scottish Surveying Team of 8 Rural Surveyors in Scotland plus one Building Surveyor and a Grazing Advisor. We work closely as a team with a strong team ethos, with enthusiasm and dedication and share professional expertise, knowledge and information at regular Surveying Dept meetings. RSPB has a clear programme of supporting and paying for CPD. We work throughout Scotland and maximise opportunities for individuals to use their expertise wherever it is required. The Rural Surveyors have a strong support team which allows the Surveyors to concentrate on delivering the professional work, and to see projects through from beginning to end.
What we need from you
We are looking to conduct interviews for this position on the 13th July 2022. For further information please contact [email protected]
As part of this application process, you will be asked to complete an application form including evidence on how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience listed above.
The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.