Ecologist/Assistant Advisor (Scotland)

  • Type of appointment: From July 2024, permanent. Full time (37.5 hours per week).
  • Reporting to: Head of Advisory, Scotland
  • Location: Home-based, Scotland
  • Salary: £25k-27k PA
  • Start date: July 2024
  • Closing date: 18 June 2024
  • Interview date: 24 June 2024

We are seeking a dedicated and passionate graduate ecologist to join our team. The successful candidate will assist in the design and implementation of ecological surveys, and the analysis of ecological survey data. We welcome applications from candidates with demonstrable skills in ecological survey techniques, particularly those with experience in working in upland habitats. Candidates should hold a degree in a relevant field, for example, Ecology, Zoology, Conservation Biology, and should ideally have experience completing habitat surveys and a working knowledge of GIS and analysis with R. The successful candidate will be required to travel throughout the UK but predominantly within Scotland.

Job purpose

To carry out ecological surveys throughout Scotland in order to help develop and implement conservation strategies that promote biodiversity, enhance habitats and ensure the sustainability of game and other wildlife populations in Scotland.


The successful applicant will work with key partners and stakeholders, which include:

  • Universities and research institutes.
  • NGOs e.g. BTO, Wildlife Trusts, BASC, SGA, SL&E.
  • Government departments and arms-length-bodies e.g. NatureScot.
  • Private estates and landowners, farmers and gamekeepers.
  • Farmer clusters and Environmental Farmer Groups.

Our vision

To be the leading NGO in applied wildlife research in the UK, providing scientifically sound evidence to inform workable long-term conservation management solutions. Key to success will be developing collaborations, inspiring innovative thinking and growing profile and capacity through successful projects.

Key accountabilities and responsibilities

  • Conduct field surveys and monitoring of various wildlife species and habitats.
  • Collect, manage, and analyse ecological data using statistical software and GIS tools.
  • To help to manage and report on data collected by practitioners as part of GWCT’s Best Practice with Proof initiative.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to report progress/outputs to internal and external committees.
  • Work closely with other GWCT staff, landowners, and external stakeholders to ensure the successful delivery of conservation projects.
  • To work with and inspire land managers to create and manage a range of habitats for wildlife.

Person specification

Specific skills, experience and knowledge

  • A degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field (Ecology/Zoology) - Essential
  • Database management (experience of designing, implementing, and maintaining databases) - Essential
  • Experience using GIS - Essential
  • Strong report writing ability - Essential
  • Excellent organisational skills including the ability to manage a diverse and busy workload, plan effectively, prioritise and work to deadlines - Essential
  • Ability for lone working in challenging outdoor environments - Essential
  • Good British wildlife identification skills (specifically botanical and ornithological ID) - Essential
  • Excellent IT skills and ability to carry out statistical data analyses in relevant software e.g. R statistical software - Essential
  • Understanding of current agricultural and land management policy in Scotland - Desirable
  • Experience of engaging with landowners, farmers, and gamekeepers - Desirable

Personal qualities

  • Ability to collaborate in a small team - Essential
  • Able to communicate clearly to a variety of audiences - Essential
  • Flexible and willing to travel throughout Scotland - Essential
  • Comfortable with lone working in remote environments - Essential
  • Ability to work well under pressure, meet deadlines and give particular attention to detail and accuracy - Essential
  • Able to identify new workstreams - Desirable


  • Good first degree in a relevant subject area - Essential
  • Experience in completing habitat surveys - Essential
  • Valid UK driving licence - Essential
  • 4x4 driving experience - Desirable
  • Membership of relevant professional societies and associations - Desirable

How to apply

Please send cover letter and CV to Dr Nick Hesford, Head of Advisory, Scotland:

Closing date for applications: 18 June 2024