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Natural Heritage Officer

Reference REF NO: SIC03651  (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Salary Additional Information £37,024.72 - £38,588.55 PER ANNUM, PERMANENT, FULL TIME, 37 HOURS PER WEEK
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 22/08/2019
Company Name Shetland Island Council
Contact Name Suzanne Shearer
Email suzanne.shearer@shetland.gov.uk
Website Further Details / Applications
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Are you an ambitious natural heritage professional looking for both a fresh career challenge, and a better quality of life?

Here at Shetland Islands Council we have a job for someone just like you. Working as a Natural Heritage officer Development Plans & Heritage team, you’ll play a vital part in shaping life in Shetland - with opportunities to assist in in the delivery of planned sustainable growth both on land and in the sea, ensuring the protection of our stunning natural environment as well as planning for the long term future of the islands.

Decisions you make could impact your neighbour, your doctor, the staff in your local shop.  You’ll make a difference within a community that you’re living in and you’ll get to see firsthand the impact of decisions made within the role. You will have the opportunity to promote the awareness, maintenance and enhancement of the natural heritage in Shetland  working with a wide variety of stakeholders as well as members of the public.

Shetland is not like many other rural island communities. In fact, you can probably forget everything you think you know about it: yes, it is remote; yes, we do enjoy outstanding scenery and wildlife; yes, we get almost 24 hours of daylight in the summer.

But there is more to Shetland than this. Positioned at the heart of the North Sea oil boom since its inception in the 1970s, the islands play a central role in the UK’s oil and gas sector and are now at the forefront of global energy sector - not to mention some of the richest renewable energy resources in the world.

As a result, Shetland enjoys extremely high standards of living: fantastic schools, a state of the art cinema and arts centre and unparalleled access to sporting facilities are all things Shetlanders enjoy. You’ll also find superb roads, frequent bus services, reliable inter-island ferries and frequent flights to Scottish and English cities and, increasingly, superfast broadband.

We’re not just offering you a job, we’re offering the chance to grow your career and your interests, and become part of a community which will give back as much as you put into it. There really is no better place to live and work.

The main focus of the post will be supporting the Development Plan team in the preparation of the Local Development Plan through the formulation of policies and guidance and taking the lead on the Strategic Environmental Assessment, Managing the Shetland wide network of Local Nature Conservation Sites, but there will also be opportunities to get involved in other aspects of planning such as Masterplanning, Placemaking, Local Place Plans and Locality Planning.

We’re looking for someone who’s motivated, enthusiastic and highly organised, with excellent written, numeracy and verbal communication skills. You will be educated to degree level in a relevant qualification such as, but not limited to Biodiversity Management, Conservation Biology, Environmental Management, be able to analyse and interpret data, prepare reports and briefings, take part and lead on topic groups and manage projects.

Relevant experience of working within Local Authorities, statutory agencies of non-governmental organisations  would be an advantage in this role.

  • A relocation package applies to this post
  • We will pay interview expenses from within the UK

Please follow this link to apply and for further information go to www.shetland.gov.uk

Additional Information

  • The grade of this post is K
  • Rate of pay shown in the advert is inclusive of Distant Islands Allowance of £2,157 per annum (pro rata)
  • Permanent Full Time post for 37.0 Hours per Week, 52.18 weeks per year 
  • You must have the ability to travel throughout Shetland at short notice and where public transport is limited
  • We are happy to talk flexible working

During the application process you are required to give the names of two persons not related to you, who we can contact to provide a reference to support your application.

This post is based at 8 North Ness, Lerwick

For further details relating to this post, please contact:  Suzanne Shearer, Team Leader on 01595 745858 or email suzanne.shearer@shetland.gov.uk

If you have a disability which prevents you from applying online, please call 01595 744032.

Closing date: 22nd August 2019.

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