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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Job in Scotland: Senior/Principal Ornithologist (Specialising in Offshore) Edinburgh, Glasgow


The website details:

The RPS Group is a planning and development, energy resources and environmental consultancy with over 4,700 staff worldwide. 

We are the UK's leading provider of specialist ornithological support to the renewables industry, on and offshore. Combined with our work across a wide range of other sectors, we are a strong, diverse and sustainable ecology business, with room to build a long-term career at the forefront of ecological consulting. At RPS, you will have the opportunity to work in a stimulating environment, to deliver some of the most important renewable energy projects in Europe.

Our workload for developers, conservation bodies and government agencies continues to expand and with strong further growth already secured for 2014 and beyond, we are looking to appoint two new colleagues – at Senior/ Principal level. Both posts have an emphasis on the marine environment.

Our ethos requires candidates to be innovative in their approach, with the practical experience to support all clients, whether developers, or regulatory bodies. In return, we provide a competitive salary and benefits package.

Job title: Senior/Principal Ornithologist (Offshore)

Location: UK office (preferably Glasgow/Edinburgh) 

There may be some flexibility in location (including England) for the right candidate/s 

Typical activities will include: 
• Contributing to the technical delivery of our wide range of renewable and other projects;
• Writing/contributing to Environmental Impact Assessments and Habitats Regulation Appraisals; 
• Undertaking data analysis and statistical assessment of bird data, and producing technical reports based on these analyses; 
• Providing high quality technical support to all our clients.
• Liaising with other technical specialists across various UK offices; 

We are keen to hear from motivated and enthusiastic marine ornithologists with a selection of the following technical capabilities: 

• Knowledge of the application and consent process for offshore wind farms in the UK; 
• Knowledge of legislation and policy in relation to the conservation of birds and designated sites for birds;
• Technical writing skills, with experience of writing EIAs and HRAs, particularly for the offshore renewables industry;
• A thorough understanding of bird ecology;
• Practical understanding of relevant literature and guidance on seabird interactions with offshore renewable developments
• Previous experience of conducting ornithological studies and surveys, particularly in relation to seabird species;
• Statistical analysis skills, with a knowledge and ability to interpret and present data appropriately
• Experience of other sectors, away from marine/offshore, would be advantageous; and
• Project management and tendering.

As well as these technical capabilities and expertise, you will also need:
• To be a good team worker, reliable and able to rapidly establish a high degree of trust and rapport with all clients and stakeholders;
• Have strong communications skills; confident and articulate in all communications i.e. face-to-face, telephone and written communications;
• Be self-motivated, self-disciplined with the ability to work to tight deadlines;
• Have good attention to detail; maintaining and enhancing our high standards of delivery, quality and accuracy;
• Be highly computer literate and experienced with standard MS Office applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook);
• A degree in a relevant subject and a post-graduate qualification or equivalent experience.

For enquiries, please contact Martin Scott -


We are an equal opportunities employer.

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