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Website Forestry & Land Scotland (FLS)

Job title: Wildlife Ecology Student Placement
Responsible to: Wildlife Ecologist
Department: Forestry and Land Scotland, Environment Team
Location: Inverness
Duration: 12 weeks, 37 hours per week; early June until end of August 2020
Salary: Approximately £1400 per month

Placement Ref: EQU/2020/005

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is an executive agency of the Scottish Government and is responsible for looking after and managing Scotland’s national forests and land, which cover approximately 9% of Scotland’s total land area.  The work we do is extremely varied and goes far beyond what many people think of as traditional forestry. As well as sustainable timber production, you’re just as likely to find us protecting important archaeological sites, working with local communities, or making it easier for visitors to enjoy the great outdoors.

Biodiversity conservation is a key objective for FLS and ecologists are employed to help deliver this statutory obligation.  Working alongside the FLS Wildlife Ecologist, you will be involved in several applied ecology projects and the work will involve a mix of data handling and field surveys.  Current projects involve species such as capercaillie, red squirrels and wildcats, as well as several invertebrate species such as wood ants.  It may be possible to design the placement to accommodate the particular interests or ambitions of the student.

A full UK driving licence is desirable for the student to undertake fieldwork, but is not essential for a placement focussed on data-handling.  The ability to work alone in forests and remote areas is essential.  This placement is suited to students with some ecological fieldwork experience (including voluntary work) and preferably at least three years under-graduate study in any of the following degree disciplines:

  • Data science
  • Ecological and Environmental Sciences
  • Forest Sciences

We are looking for a student who is a self-starter and who can work with minimum supervision to take projects forward.  You will also have good communication and interpersonal skills, as you will be required to communicate with a range of FLS staff and external stakeholders.

How to Apply

Students should complete the online application form via the Equate Scotland website and attach a cover letter and a CV as separate documents, in PDF version and hit submit.

Please also make sure you note the placement reference number that you are applying for (highlighted in bold) as you will need this to complete the application form.

Closing Date:  14th January 

Placement Ref: EQU/2020/005

  1. Basic purpose of the placement and its primary objectives
  • To assist the FLS Wildlife Ecologist with a range of applied ecology projects.
  1. Main duties:
  • Undertake ecological field surveys.
  • Organise and prepare existing data sets for analysis.
  • Carry out literature searches.
  1. Knowledge and skills required:
  • At least three years under-graduate study.
  • Studying towards a degree in Ecological or Environmental Sciences, Forest Sciences, Data Science or other relevant degree.
  • Experience of ecological fieldwork and/or data handling.
  1. Person skills:
  • Ability to work on own initiative with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work in outdoor environments
  • Good data handling skills
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Confident and professional manner
  • Proactive team player
  1. Working conditions:
  • The posts will be based at the FLS office in Smithton, Inverness, IV2 7NL.
  • Flexible working arrangements are available.

Person Specification

Job Title:                              Wildlife Ecology Student Placement

Placement Ref:                 EQU/2020/005

 

 EssentialDesirable
Education/Qualifications Three years undergraduate study or equivalent.

 

On track for a good honours degree.
Experience Ecological fieldwork.

Data handling.

Species conservation work.

 

Skills/Personal Requirements Ability to work on own initiative with minimal supervision

 

Ability to work in outdoor environments

 

Good data handling skills

 

Good communication and interpersonal skills

 

Good attention to detail

 

Excellent organisation skills

 

Confident and professional manner

 

Proactive

 

Team player

 

 

 Full UK driving licence