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Marine Mammal Ecologist

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 21/07/2013
Company Name Natural Power
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Telephone +44 (0) 1644 430 728
Website Further Details / Applications
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Company Overview

Natural Power is a leading independent renewable energy consultancy and products provider offering consultancy, management and due diligence services across the onshore wind, offshore wind, wave, tidal and biomass sectors.  We have built a successful ethos for delivering environmentally rewarding projects that allow Clients to reach their economic objectives.

The Opportunity


Due to the continued success of the Ecology and Hydrology department, we are looking to recruit a Marine Mammal Ecologist to be based in either,Falkirk,NewcastleorDumfriesand Galloway.  You will primarily be responsible for providing marine mammal technical advice and guidance on Renewable Energy projects.  More specifically you will work in conjunction with Project Managers, providing specialist information to assist with the overall consenting and construction phases of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy projects. 

Duties and responsibilities associated with this role include:

  • Prepare and provide written technical reports;
  • Prepare and provide scoping reports and EIA marine mammal chapters;
  • Compile information for Habitat Regulations Assessment;
  • Provide input into survey recommendations, design and data analysis;
  • Liaise with survey team, providing input into organisation where required;
  • Liaison with clients, landowners and statutory consultees throughout projects;

 Qualifications and Experience

You will hold a degree or equivalent in a biological, environmental or ecological discipline and be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge in the ecology and identification of a wide range of marine species both in the UK and internationally (marine mammals, benthic habitats, fish etc).  Prior experience gained within a similar ecological and or environmental consultancy would be highly advantageous.  Ideally you will have experience in the following: 

  • The renewable industry and client requirements
  • Compiling EIA chapters, preferably for offshore renewable EIAs and the overall planning system.
  • Writing marine mammal technical reports, preferably for offshore renewable projects
  • Understanding of the issues surrounding marine ecology for offshore construction projects, and mitigation measures
  • UKand European legislation in relation to protected habitats and species
  • Habitats Regulations Assessments
  • Project management skills
  • Organising and conducting offshore ecology surveys (including boat-based surveys, aerial,GPStracking and passive acoustic monitoring techniques and mitigation) 

You will be highly meticulous, organised and self-motivated with and ability to work unsupervised to strict deadlines with an often conflicting workload.  You will possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal with an ability to build and develop relationships with key stakeholders involved in projects.  This role involves frequent travel, as such; you will require a fullUKdriving license. 

Further Details 

Salary offered will be dependent on your experience and fit for role.  Further to salary benefits include; generous holidays, group personal pension scheme, childcare vouchers, bike to work scheme, discounts on related companies, life assurance, critical illness cover and income protection as well as a weekly barbeque. 

The position is based at eitherFalkirk,Newcastleor from our Scottish headquarters, The Green House in ruralDumfriesandGalloway.  For a more accurate location, please use the following postcode DG7 3XS.  The office is located on an 11,000 acre estate of beautiful Scottish forest and is ideal for those wishing to take advantage of the outdoor pursuits that the location provides.

The Ecology & Hydrology department within Natural Power is made up of a diverse range of ecologists and hydrologists with considerable technical experience and expertise from having worked on renewable projects for over twelve years.  We offer a positive working environment; relaxed, yet professional which is exemplified by our informal dress code.  Further to this we provide excellent support mechanisms and opportunities to develop your knowledge and career. 

If you feel that you have the skills and experience that we are looking for, we would like to hear from you.  Full details are available on our website where you can apply online by uploading your CV and cover letter; this should clearly set out why you are suitable for the role.  Please include information such as; your notice period, availability to interview, current salary, expected salary and where you saw the vacancy advertised.


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