Ecological Assistant (FIF11722)

Fife Council

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  • Reference: FIF11722

Job Description

Contract Type: Temporary for 2 years

Interview Date: Week Commencing 5 November 2018

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Fife has one of the most extensive and most visited countryside networks in Scotland. It has a rich diversity of natural heritage and many areas with special conservation status. Amongst these are Wildlife Sites, recognised as locally important places for wildlife.

This position is an exciting opportunity to take a key role in the survey and assessment of these Wildlife Sites to provide up-to-date information on their value for biodiversity, whilst gaining practical experience.

You will use and build on existing knowledge and skills and develop new competencies throughout the project, enabling you to deliver outcomes that will directly contribute to the recognition and protection of important areas and promote positive management, to the benefit of local communities, visitors and biodiversity.

You will have a lead role in all aspects of the project; from liaising with experts, to adapt methodologies for a local context, as well as with farmers and landowners; to carrying out habitat and wildlife surveys, digitising the results and presenting reports and recommendations regarding designation.

The role will involve assessment of a large number of sites covering a diverse range of lowland, coastal and upland habitats over the survey season and will require significant periods of time working alone in the field.

The Individual

This post is supported by Workforce Youth Investment(WYI) programme which is part of Fife Council’s Pledge to Young People, which means that the applicants will be restricted to those aged between 16 and 24 and currently resident in Fife.

We are looking for someone who is self-motivated, capable of organising a demanding and varied workload and interested in developing their ecological knowledge and experience. Communication skills and computer literacy will be important. A strong customer care focus is essential.

You must be educated to SCQF level 7 which includes HNC or Advanced Highers or equivalent in an ecological related subject and have a working knowledge of typical species and habitats.

A strong interest in wider countryside issues would be welcomed.

Training and support will be delivered to help develop the correct candidate.

You will be expected to make site visits to undertake survey and assessment. Due to the location of the sites with many being in remote areas, the ability to travel independently throughout Fife and walk through rough terrain is required.

For further information please contact: Richard Smith - Team Manager Access and Biodiversity Or Lindsay Bamforth – Information Officer Fife Nature Records Centre

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