Position: Ecology Advisor
Salary: Negotiable
Ref: 523415_1585130671
Job Type: Permanent
Published On: 25/03/2020
Contact Name: Jenna Jackson
Client: SSE plc

Base Location: Glasgow or Perth

Salary: Competitive depending on skills and experience + excellent benefits + car/cash allowance

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time | Flexible working patterns available

About the Department

SSE Renewables is the UK and Ireland's leading renewable energy company. Our aim is to be the largest and most efficient developer of onshore and offshore wind in the UK and Ireland. We drive new growth by identifying, developing, building and operating high quality assets in GB, Ireland and internationally. In order to contribute to a low carbon future we have committed to treble our current Renewables output by 2030.

What is the Role?

As Ecology Advisor, you'll provide support to the Ecology Manager who is responsible for managing the ecological requirements across a portfolio of development and construction projects, with a primary focus on onshore and offshore wind farms, primarily in the UK and Ireland.

You'll support the preparation and review of Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA), Habitat Management Plans (HMPs) and Monitoring Plans/Strategies (particularly with regards to ornithology). You'll also undertake related liaison, negotiations and meeting attendance with regulatory bodies and consultees e.g. SNH and RSPB, as well as providing advice and guidance to relevant SSE Project and Consent Managers, ensuring consistency of approach between projects.

In support of the above, you'll also be expected to support the scoping and preparation of tender documents, assessment of tender submissions and for the commissioning and management of external consultants. You'll provide input to government consultations and onshore/offshore sector related conferences, working groups and workshops, representing SSE interests at all times.

In addition, you may be required to provide support to other SSE projects and be involved in all stages of projects from early development to construction, commissioning and operation, ensuring SSE meet with all environmental legislative requirements and any commitments made by SSE via planning submissions and consents.

What do I need?

We are looking for someone with extensive relevant experience, who is educated to degree level in Ecology or Environmental Science, as well as being a member of CIEEM/IEMA or other relevant environment-related professional body. We'll also consider applicants who are actively working towards membership or are able to demonstrate the necessary skill to achieve membership. Individuals with other environmental degrees will also be considered providing you have relevant experience and knowledge, in particular knowledge on ecology and ornithology, can be demonstrated.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills will be essential, and you must be proficient in the use of common software tools (Word, Excel etc). You'll pride yourself as being a strong team player with a keen interest in continuous professional development and be willing to take on new challenges.

Our Benefits

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Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online however to discuss any adjustments you may require to submit your application please get in touch with Well let you know the outcome of your application after the closing date.

This role is open to internal and external candidates.

Please be aware if you are successful, you'll be required to complete our pre-employment screening process before joining SSE.

Please also be aware that interviews will be conducted by telephone or other virtual platform.

About SSE

We all have different skills here at SSE and that's what makes us stand out. We all take pride in a job well done and share the belief that an inclusive culture is key to our success and vision for the future. Above all, safety is at the heart of everything we do at SSE and we live by the mantra 'if its not safe, we don't do it'.

SSE is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.