1020-310 Marine Mammal Ecologist - D Grade - June 2024


1020-310 Marine Mammal Ecologist - D Grade - June 2024


Oracle, Kiltyrie, Perth and Kinross

  • Full time
  • Temporary
  • Remote working

Posted 3 weeks ago, 28 Jun | Get your application in now before you miss out!

Closing date: Closing date not specified

job Ref: 99e3d144dbc044438832deecc472fec4

Full Job Description

This is a full-time temporary role within NatureScot's Sustainable Coasts & Seas Activity. Working closely with other NatureScot staff, the post holder will provide specialist advice in respect of marine mammal ecology to our marine energy team and other NatureScot staff on the marine mammal impacts from marine industries / activities, including but not limited to: marine energy (renewables / oil and gas), aquaculture, cables and ports and harbours. The successful post holder will engage with NatureScot case leads as well as industries, Crown Estate Scotland, Local Authorities, Port Authorities and relevant Directorates in Scottish Government. Advice will be required in terms of all phases of development activity including Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Habitats Regulations Appraisal, as well as European Protected Species Licencing for both development and research purposes.

The post will provide a specialist role in delivering high priority work associated with the delivery of offshore wind projects and other marine industries projects in Scottish waters. It will also lead or provide input on NatureScot work on research, policy and guidance in respect of marine mammals and their interactions with industries, and support the delivery of UK and Scottish Government and Industry led projects.

The post will also have specific responsibilities to lead and oversee NatureScot's work on marine renewables research through initiatives such as ScotMer, ORJIP and OWEER. The post holder will be responsible for the delivery of guidance and advice - both internal and external - to help developers and their consultants through all stages of development from pre-application to decommissioning. There will also be requirement to represent NatureScot on Scottish and UK groups, reviewing the increasing demands on marine space to inform NatureScot's advice on marine spatial planning policies relating to marine industries and the protection of marine mammals. The post holder will also contribute to evolving work to identify and prioritise specific site-based and wider seas conservation measures for marine mammals focusing on those that provide the most benefit in terms of biodiversity gain and facilitating climate change adaptation and resilience.

The post holder will also be required to contribute to the wider work of the marine energy team and both the Sustainable Coasts and Seas and Marine Ecosystem Activities, including the potential to work as a Duty Officer on a rota for responding to marine pollution incidents., 1. Provide constructive, solution-focused advice and support for NatureScot marine industries casework advice. This will include proposals arising from marine energy leases, fisheries, oil and gas, ports and harbours, seabed pipelines and cabling infrastructure. This requires an understanding of marine ecology and the likely interactions and effects on marine mammals and their prey from infrastructure or activities in the marine environment.
2. Lead on the use of statistical packages and modelling including R and spatial modelling for marine mammals. In particular, the role will be required to advise on the use of tools and techniques associated with population modelling such as (DePONs, iPCoD, CRM and PBR) used in Environmental Impact Assessment and Habitats Regulations Appraisal processes.
3. Provide a support role for understanding of underwater noise propagation and modelling across all marine industries.
4. Represent NatureScot on research project steering groups and external working groups relating to marine mammal ecology and development and refinement of tools.
5. Contribute to thinking and advice on marine ecosystems, including marine mammals and their prey species and opportunities for biodiversity net gain associated with development as well as compensation measures for Habitats Regulation derogation cases.
6. Promote awareness of NatureScot and our marine mammal work through social media, press releases and the NatureScot website.
7. Act as a Duty Officer for marine pollution incidents, participating in the cover provided by NatureScot through an agreed rota system. (This can require work outside of normal working hours - weekends and evenings)., Whether working at home or in an office, or travelling to meetings and site visits, as a NatureScot you will contribute to our Net Zero plan, for example through positive carbon travel choices.

This work is high profile and fast-paced, and we are seeking an experienced and resilient individual with the confidence to manage and multi task across casework demands, contribute to strategic work and deliver high quality outputs.

The post holder will be an appropriately qualified and experienced specialist with a good understanding of Scotland's marine environment, policy and legislation relating to its sustainable use and management. The post holder should have up-to-date knowledge and understanding or marine mammal populations (both for seals and cetaceans), conservation issues, and impacts and mitigation options related to human activities., 1. A degree in a relevant subject plus relevant post-graduate experience or work experience
2. A sound understanding of the marine ecology, habitats and species of Scotland
3. A clear understanding of nature conservation and planning legislation including EIA, European Protected Species (EPS) and HRA relevant to Scotland's seas and marine species
4. Knowledge and experience of coastal and marine industries, relevant to Scotland, including offshore wind and aquaculture and the potential interactions of these activities with marine mammals
5. Understanding of techniques & methods applicable to monitoring marine mobile species
6. Ability to analyse, interpret and manage scientific information to provide informed, clear and solution focused advice.
7. Good interpersonal skills including excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and excellent team working skills
8. Experience of developing and maintaining positive working relationships with stakeholders, such as agencies, organisations, developers or government
9. Knowledge of NatureScot's priorities and processes and an awareness of the political environment in which NatureScot operates.
10. Ability to plan and manage workloads, work to deadlines and adapt to changing priorities while balancing a high volume of reactive work


  • Proof of right to work in UK

  • To undertake a Disclosure Scotland application.

  • Although Gaelic language is not a prerequisite it is a desirable skill in support of our commitment to our Gaelic Language Plan.

    NatureScot offers some great benefits to reward and support you whilst you are working for us. Our benefits package includes the civil service pension scheme, a generous holiday leave allowance plus flexi time, and employee discount scheme. Visit the NatureScot website for further details.