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Oferta compartida por Cristina

Marine Ornithologist


ID 2023-5355
Closing Date 27/08/2023
Salary GBP £33,520.00/Per Annum
Category Science
Hire Type External / OGD


The Scottish Government has set a target to generate 50% of Scotland's overall energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030. Large-scale deployment of offshore wind farms (the ScotWind offshore wind leasing round) and other marine renewables are a key part of meeting this target so understanding the environmental effects of this essential.

Scientists within the Renewables and Ecology (RE) team of the Scottish Government’s Marine Directorate provide scientific expertise and advice on the potential effects of marine renewables on key environmental receptors (marine birds, marine mammals, marine fish, fisheries, diadromous fish, benthic habitats and species, and oceanography).

This expertise and advice are underpinned by a scientific evidence base focusing on the environmental effects of marine renewables. RE scientists both identify evidence needs and develop and deliver research to address priority knowledge gaps. This evidence base is used to provide advice on marine energy developments, marine conservation, and climate change. This has included providing expertise on seabirds in relation to the recent Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreaks, seabird ‘wrecks’, and the identification of potential management measures to improve seabird conservation prospects.

The evidence base is delivered through a combination of external commissioning, building collaborations with specialists and stakeholders, and in house science. We collaborate with science, policy and planning colleagues across the Marine Directorate, as well as universities, research institutes, NGOs, consultancies and industry to deliver high quality, relevant applied research that is used in real-world decision-making. Critical knowledge gaps that risk effective planning and consenting are addressed through Scottish Government’s Scottish Marine Energy Research (ScotMER) Programme. There will also be opportunities to take part in scientific cruises on the Marine Directorate’s research vessels.

A key environmental receptor for the Marine Directorate is seabirds, and we are looking to build our team of scientists by recruiting additional ornithologists.

Information about the Role

We are in a global climate emergency. Would you like to play a critical role in producing scientific advice to help mitigate climate change while ensuring environmentally sustainable use of Scotland’s seas?

You will play take a key role in delivering marine ornithology research and advice within the Marine Directorate. As part of the RE team of scientists, you will help identify and address priority knowledge gaps and deliver applied research to fills these gaps. This includes contributing to the ScotMER programme, scoping and designing research projects, undertaking research activities, providing science input and oversight of the commissioning and delivery of research projects, developing strong collaborations including PhD supervision, seeking external funding to support research and other means of delivering high quality research. Currently, we are developing projects to tag and monitor seabirds at Scottish colonies and are participating in research to understand how seabirds and their prey are affected by offshore wind farms, PrePARED: ( ).

A key part of the role will be the provision of specialist advice and technical guidance on marine birds to Scottish Government’s Licensing Operations Team (MD-LOT) and policy and planning colleagues in relation to the assessment of environmental impacts of marine renewable developments. Critical to this will be the development of the scientific evidence base underpinning the advice via the ScotMER Programme and the Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Ornithology Working Group.

You must ensure that you are familiar with the best available science through maintaining a comprehensive understanding of best practice and detailed up to date knowledge of marine bird ecology and assessment methodologies.

You will help to maintain and further develop good working relationships with relevant stakeholders, including NatureScot, JNCC, RSPB, academia, consultants, and industry. You will represent the Scottish Government at national and international forums. This is a varied and highly rewarding post in a technical field of scientific excellence, and the post holder must successfully manage a range of competing priorities often to very tight deadlines.

Support the Senior Marine Ornithologists in ensuring that advice within Government is based on the best available science and practice by identifying knowledge gaps that are key constraints to advice provision and initiating, scoping and delivering applied research (externally commissioned, in house or collaborative) that addresses these
Help to identify and pursue opportunities for delivering relevant applied research, e.g. through external collaborations, securing external funding, PhD supervision, and other means
Contribute to the preparation of scientific advice and guidance on seabirds to LOT and policy & planning colleagues within Scottish Government. This will principally be in relation to marine renewables but may also relate to other marine construction activities, marine conservation and other policy areas
Represent MS at external meetings regarding these issues
Maintain good communication with Marine Directorate colleagues and external stakeholders

Science Framework Competencies:

Analysis and Use of Evidence

Communications & Engagement

Improving Performance


Essential Criteria & Qualifications

Minimum of a relevant BSc (Hons), or equivalent relevant work experience

Essential Criteria:

1. A good understanding of seabird ecology, threats and conservation.

2. Experience of ecological research and an ability to critique scientific methods and results.

3. The ability to work independently with good organisational skills and effectively prioritise work and manage projects.

4. Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to explain scientific concepts to varied audiences.

Location: Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ / Marine Lab, Aberdeen, AB11 9DB / 5 Atlantic Quay, Glasgow, G2 8LU / Longman House, 28 Longman Rd, Inverness IV1 1SF

This post will be offered on a location flexible basis (one of the four above locations), with virtual and Hybrid working being the current arrangement. Occasional travel to Team and Stakeholder meetings will be required.

Interview and Assessment: Dates to be confirmed

Minimum time in post:

You will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of three years unless successful at gaining promotion to a higher Band or Grade.


How to apply:

To apply for this post, you will need to provide the information requested below via the online application process.

You must fully complete and submit an online application via the website before the closing date using evidence based examples to demonstrate your knowledge/skills (300 words). Remember, your answers should be clear, concise and reflect what actions you undertook. You may want to use the STAR(R) approach to respond to each criterion.

Additional information:

For further information, please download and review the “Person Specification” which you will find below.

Person_Specification_Marine Ornithologist_24.02.23

Science Specialist Competency Framework

The post is a full-time role, but staff with different working patterns are invited to apply, and we will assess proposed working patterns against the business requirements for this post.

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