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Policy and Advice Officer - Renewable Energy - Ornithology

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Reference 1104421  (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
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Town/City Aberdeen
Salary Additional Information (Starting salary - £23,253)
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 14/08/2009
Company Name Scottish Natural Heritage
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Description
The purpose of this post is to provide SNH with specialist policy, guidance and scientific advice on ornithology arising from renewable energy developments, wind, wave and tidal, in Scotland's seas. This is an exciting opportunity to work at the developing edge of new ornithological expertise and is likely to develop very transferable skills.  As part of  Scotland's Climate Change programme, SNH supports the drive towards reducing reliance on fossil fuels with the provision of carefully sited renewable energy installations, and is working with the Scottish Government, Local Authorities other agencies and developers to this end. SNH provides advice on new sites and technologies on land and at sea and extensions to existing sites.  In response to increased requests for information, SNH needs to appoint more staff to prepare advice and guide development in the marine environment.    Working with the renewables team, the post holder will be responsible for overseeing the publication of advice, ensuring guidance is up-to-date and easily accessible on the SNH website, keeping records of installations, preparing new policies and guidance for operational staff.  There will be opportunities to identify and manage new research and survey at this cutting-edge.  The post holder will represent SNH in meetings with industry and government. He/she will work closely with SNH's local teams to ensure they have current advice and that this is delivered promptly using a consistent approach. The post is is based in the team of SNH species advisers, which includes six other ornithologists, but will work closely with the renewables team, the coastal and marine ecosystems unit, the planning team and those working on rural development policies and strategic directions.  This is an exciting opportunity for an ornithologist who wants to make a real contribution to enabling renewable energy and help to protect Scotland's internationally important breeding and wintering bird populations.  Aberdeen is chosen as the location for this post to allow close liaison with the JNCC teams who are based there.
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