Senior Seabird Officer

Organisation: The National Trust for Scotland

Salary: £36,523 - £40,238 PRO-RATA, PER ANNUM

Location: Highlands and Island (WFH available)


The Senior Seabird Officer coordinates and undertakes both practical “on the ground” conservation work plus scientific and policy work. The post will coordinate the Trust’s work on seabird biosecurity, monitoring and liaison with academic partners and help develop and deliver policy and advocacy position on seabirds and associated marine ecology. They also help develop our member and supporter engagement, media, and education work in relation to seabirds. The role is part of the wider Trust nature conservation network of ecologists and policy staff at HQ and experienced rangers on our island and cliff properties, including those who undertake seabird monitoring. The Senior Seabird Officer will raise the profile of the Trust’s role in seabird monitoring and site management on national forums and projects in relation to seabirds.


• To develop, oversee and coordinate the Trust’s seabird biosecurity programme.
• To liaise with boat operators, harbour operators, contractors, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and other relevant stakeholders to encourage and facilitate biosecurity best practice in relation to Trust Islands.
• To develop, oversee and coordinate the Trust’s seabird monitoring programme, involving NTS Rangers, volunteers, and contractors. Occasionally there may be a requirement to be involved in similar related work for other (non-seabird) species which occur on islands.
• To collate the Trust’s seabird data and share with external data interests, including the Seabird Monitoring Programme, the Seabird Census, RSPB, Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Nature Scot. Occasionally you may be involved in similar related work for other (non-seabird) species which occur on islands.
• To be the “species lead” for seabird conservation at the Trust, coordinating, guiding and delivering conservation programmes for relevant seabird “priority species” and the seabird’s group as a whole. Develop links with other conservation stakeholders to facilitate this.
• To be the point of liaison at the Trust for academic partners undertaking seabird research on Trust islands and cliffs. To encourage and support such work and interpret and disseminate the results in relation to the Trust’s conservation work. In some cases, where appropriate, the seabird officer may commission or undertake scientific work yourself or coordinate other Trust staff to do so, with support from external academic partners.
• To stay abreast of the latest external developments and information in relation to seabird biosecurity, monitoring, conservation, and policy.
• Coordinate an NTS “Seabird forum” group, for both internal and external stakeholders.
• Support the NTS Ecology team with seabird related advice at the Trust.

Application Deadline: Friday 22/04/2022