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Graduate Job Ecosystem and Biodiversity Graduate

Vacancy Type: Graduate Job
Employer: Scottish Natural Heritage
Reference: SNH01
Salary: £15,982 pro rata per annum  

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EXPIRY NOTICE: This job has now expired and will not be accepting any more applications.

Closing Date - 26 May 2013

Location - Highlands and Islands, Inverness and surrounds

Salary - £15,982 pro rata per annum

Job summary

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) offer a 7 month graduate placement for a graduate to examine some examples of recent river restoration and quantify some of these other 'ecosystem services' that the restoration actions will have enhanced or restored. This placement is based in Inverness.

Job Description

In recent years there has been a considerable amount of river restoration activity undertaken in Scotland. This has mainly been driven by conservation or other environmental benefits. Examples include the removal of barriers to fish migration such as weirs during the Conservation of Atlantic Salmon in Scotland LIFE project and similar work now directly funded by SEPA and fishery trusts. Such work also has other benefits, most notably to local fisheries where the restoration of habitat and/or fish access leads to larger fish populations and, hence, fish that are available for exploitation.

This project would seek to examine some examples of recent river restoration and quantify some of these other 'ecosystem services' that the restoration actions will have enhanced or restored. The placement will prepare the results for presentation in accessible ways including the SNH website and presentations/slides/posters that can be shown at suitable events.

The key objectives of this role are:

•        To understand and simply quantify ecosystem services provided by river restoration

•        To express those benefits in an accessible means including case studies on the SNH website, powerpoint slides and posters.

•        Research Methods to be used: Desk study.

At its simplest this project could just use basic statistics applied to the known or projected results of restoration projects, allied to an understanding of river ecology. However it is hoped that the graduate will be able to apply some of the methods that SEPA are currently finalising in their draft of the economic characterisation report for the Scotland River Basin Management Plan (due to be sent to SNH in the coming months).

Key Deliverables:

•        At least four completed case studies describing, in relatively simple terms, the ecosystem services benefits arising from river restoration projects.

•        Produce pages on SNH website to host case study information.

•        Powerpoint slides displaying the methods used and results from the above case studies.

•        A poster presentation describing the methods used and ecosystem services benefits from specific river restoration projects.

•        An article promoting the results from the placement in an appropriate publication (e.g. SNH magazine, River Restoration News etc).

Skills / Experience

Essential criteria

•        Disclosure Scotland

•        Good organisational skills and an ability to work to deadlines ensuring that workloads are planned, prioritised and managed effectively

•        Good analytical and problem solving skills, with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail, and a track record of using data to make informed judgements

•        Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences, both written and verbally, using the principles of Plain English

•        Good motivation and the ability to work well as a member of a dispersed team and individually

•        A willingness to travel within Scotland

•        Sound IT skills (Microsoft Office, Excel, internet, email).

•        Getting things done in the day-to-day working environment

•        Getting things done with and through others

•        Planning and doing the work, solving problems, making decisions

•        Realising your potential, learning and developing, working with change

Desirable criteria

•        Awareness of river conservation issues

•        Understanding of both the public and charitable sectors in relation to freshwater and/or fisheries and/or conservation management in Scotland

Qualifications

You must have graduated at degree or postgraduate level from a higher level education institution within the past 4 years.

Degree or equivalent in an environment related subject.

Additional Info

Start date: 1 July 2013

Interview Date (this date may be changed due to unforeseen circumstances): 15 June 2013

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