Project Development Officer - Ecologist

Expiring today

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh
£30,000 pa
23 Aug 2019
20 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Project Development Officer - Ecologist
£30,000 pa
35 hours per week
Fixed term until: May 2021 (approx. 19 months)


Our client is seeking an experienced, confident urban ecologist with the skills to lead the development of the ecological change theme for one of their projects. This is an opportunity to put nature at the heart of a pioneering programme designed to find sustainable ways to manage and fund parks and open spaces in Scotland’s capital city. 


For over 50 years, our client has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas. They are proud to have the support of more than 40,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 20 local (volunteer led) groups. 


The Edinburgh’s Thriving Green Spaces project is one of eight urban areas to share in £11 million worth of funding from the Future Parks Accelerator to secure the future of the UK’s parks and greenspaces. Aligned with the Edinburgh 2050 City Vision, the aim of the project is to create a sustainable strategy that will ensure parks and greenspaces’ are enhanced, protected and cared for into the future. It will establish a sustainable funding model that enables our client to resource a greenspace service relevant for 21st century urban living and take a lead on delivering many of the capital’s aspirations on place-making, health, sustainable energy, active travel, and biodiversity. 


Our client is looking for a motivated experienced ecologist to work as part of the team embedded in the City of Edinburgh Council.  You will have a good understanding of urban ecology and ecosystem services. Working with key stakeholders you will deliver an ecological coherence map that brings together habitat networks, ecosystem services and opportunity areas.  You should be able to bring stakeholders to create consensus and contribute to the development of strategic plans. To deliver this successfully you must be an excellent communicator who is able to collaborate with a wide range of partners and stakeholders.  As part of the project team you will support the other staff and partners to integrate the learning from the ecological change theme into the overall strategy. This will include leading and supporting others to carry out research, analysis, testing, consultation, communications, and reporting on selected project actions and pilots. You will have excellent analytical skills and use information technology to interpret and analyse spatial data.   


Working with a wide range of partners you will have the opportunity to influence how the city develops and explore new ways of working. As part of a motivated passionate organisation you will be supported by a network of staff and be part of the Living Landscape team who are delivering ground-breaking projects across Scotland.