Ecologist (Seabirds and Island Biosecurity)

Organisation: The National Trust for Scotland

Salary: £27,834 - £30,750 pro-rata, per annum & EBCU £3,800 per annum

Location: Balnain House

This role enables the delivery of high priority projects which, together, deliver the Seabird and Island Biosecurity actions in NTS’s ‘Plan for Nature’. These projects are the prioritised list of work for which NTS has identified a critical need to conserve its seabirds and garner wider societal support while we do so. The role fills both skill and capacity gaps in our current workforce by providing a flexible mobile team to carry out operational, research and communication work across our seabird places.
The post-holder will:
• Carry out a list of high priority research, operational work and communications projects to progress NTS’s seabird conservation actions across its seabird sites. These include our work to recover seabirds affected by avian influenza, research to understand how to manage visitor pressure on seabirds, citizen science methods to monitor seabirds, developing new technology to improve biosecurity on seabird islands, and specific work on NTS’s identified priority species: Leach’s storm petrel, Fulmar, Puffin, Razorbill, European storm petrel and Great Skua.
• Present work in clear, accurate, scientifically robust, engaging and timely ways so that conservation evidence can be fast-tracked for use in managing our sites and garnering wider societal support for seabird conservation.
• Liaise frequently with the wider seabird ‘community of interest’ at NTS (The senior seabird officer, nature conservation team, rangers, operations managers, marine policy colleagues, communication and fundraising staff) to share information about your work and capture their input into it.
• Demonstrate the highest standards of welfare for wild seabird populations while collecting data to inform their conservation.
• Work to agreed standard operating procedures while working in island and clifftop environments.

Application Deadline: Sunday 25/02/2024