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Operations Officer

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 17/03/2013
Company Name Scottish Natural Heritage
Contact Name
Website Further Details / Applications
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C Grade: £19,629
Hourly rate if appropriate
Geographical Location
Tayside & Grampian
Specific Work Location
Other Location
Contract Type
Contract end date if temporary
Working hours per week
Post this role will report to
Operations Officer
Person to report to Isla Martin
Job Purpose Summary
The post holder will contribute to the full range of SNH’s operational activities in Tayside and Grampian Area, as priorities demand. This will include working as part of a team to ensure the conservation of the plants, animals and geological interests for which sites have been designated, and promoting nature conservation & biodiversity in the wider countryside.
Special pre-requisites that are required for this role are detailed below:
Disclosure Scotland
Detail of pre-requisite required (if applicable)
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
Protect the natural heritage through appropriate management of special areas: 

Contribute to the delivery of favourable condition of protected areas by identifying and addressing reasons for unfavourable condition. 

Monitor the condition of designated sites. 

Respond to casework affecting designated sites, including consultations from planning authorities, SEPA, Forestry Commission Scotland , Marine Scotland etc. and to applications for consent from land managers. 

Manage research projects as required. 

Act as a case officer in delivering Rural Development Contracts under the Scottish Rural Development Plan (SRDP). 

Maintain and enhance the diversity of Scotland’s habitats, species, and landscapes: 

Respond to statutory planning consultations including renewable energy projects. 

Provide advice on casework related to protected species, particularly bats. 

Work with partners and the public to promote biodiversity through a range of initiatives. 

Promote responsible access to the natural heritage and improve opportunities for public enjoyment and understanding: 

Provide responses to requests for information from the public, land managers and public bodies. 

Personal & SNH Management: 

Contribute to the effective operation of the Tayside & Grampian Area team including annual business planning and attendance at team meetings 

Implement SNH’s customer care policy. 

Keep corporate databases up to date. 

Undertake measures necessary to ensure personal health and safety at work. 

Undertake necessary training. 
Competency 1 - Technical and Specialist Skills & Knowledge - Essential criteria
Degree or equivalent qualification in an environmental discipline, or equivalent practical experience in nature conservation or a related subject area 

General knowledge & experience of nature conservation issues 

Awareness and understanding of nature conservation designations 

Ability to work well both as a member of a small team and individually 

Ability to use desktop IT systems and databases proficiently 

High standard of written and oral communications in dealing with a wide variety of stakeholders and the general public 

Flexibility and a willingness to learn new skills and take part in all aspects of Tayside and Grampian Area’s work 

A full driving licence or the ability to call upon suitable alternative means of transport 
Competency 1 - Technical and Specialist Skills & Knowledge- Desirable criteria
Specific knowledge of habitats and species, and nature conservation issues, in North East Scotland. 

Understanding of public access to Scotland’s outdoors. 

Understanding of the planning system and nature conservation legislation 

Experience of project management 

Experience of rural development contracts 

Experience of environmental impact assessment 
Competency 2 - The Working Environment
Getting things done in the day-to-day working environment

Competency 3 - Working with People
Getting things done with and through others

Competency 4 - Activities and Operations
Planning and doing the work, solving problems, making decisions

Competency 5 - Managing Self
Realising your potential, learning and developing, working with change

Proposed Start Date
29 Apr 2013
Interview Date (this date may be changed due to unforeseen circumstances)
3 Apr 2013
Closing Date
17 Mar 2013
Contact details for further information on this vacancy
For further information regarding the post please contact Isla Martin Tel: 01224 266500 email: isla.martin@snh.gov.uk 

For further information regarding the application process please contact Nikki Hossack, HR Services, Scottish Natural Heritage, Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness IV3 8NW Tel: 01463 725182 email: recruitment@snh.gov.uk
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