Senior Environmental Advisor – Perth / Inverness

  • Location: Inverness Perth
  • Category: IMS
  • Salary: Competitive
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BEAR Scotland manage and maintain over 2500km of Scotland’s trunk road network including 1400 trunk road structures in the North West of Scotland for our client Transport Scotland. We have recently been successful in retaining this contract until at least 2030. To help deliver this contract we are looking for a number of Environmental staff at a variety of levels to join our existing team.

In this role, you will support the NW Environmental Manager to ensure all environmental obligations relating to the Network Maintenance Contract (NMC) are managed to ensure compliance with all statutory requirements and BEAR Scotland’s quality (environmental) management system. This role will be based in our Inverness or Perth depot, the option of hybrid working is available.

The role includes:

  • Support and advise the project teams on all aspects of the environment, whilst in parallel managing environmental requirements on schemes delegated to you.
  • Support the rest of the environmental team and provide leadership and direction to junior staff.
  • Promote environmental best practice at all stages of engineering and construction projects.
  • Engage and collaborate with environmental stakeholders and regulators.
  • Liaise with contractors and specialist consultants to ensure timely completion of environmental deliverables.
  • Write reports which communicate complex environmental issues in a clear and concise manner.
  • Prepare applications for protected species derogation licences, Controlled Activities Regulations (CAR) licences, marine licences, etc.
  • Have a thorough understanding of Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA) legislation, experience preparing Statements to Inform Appropriate Assessment (SIAAs), and be able to advise and assist junior staff on the HRA process.
  • Plan and undertake ecological surveys and site visits across the NW trunk road network.

Role requirements:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in ecology and/or environmental assessment.
  • A degree in environmental sciences, ecology, or related field.
  • Surveying and work experience in the UK regulatory framework, including protected species licensing and hold at least one personal protected species licence issued by NatureScot.
  • Understanding of environmental impacts associated with infrastructure developments.
  • Ability to apply knowledge in a practical manner to infrastructure schemes.
  • Good communication skills and strong team-working capabilities.
  • Ability to work independently and take responsibility for delegated schemes.
  • Strong organisational skills, attention to detail, and time management skills.
  • Ability to manage a challenging workload which is subject to change at short notice.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Full Member of CIEEM or other relevant professional body.
  • Hold a full and current driving licence.

The below additional qualifications are highly desirable but not required to be successful in the role:

  • Hold a bat licence issued by NatureScot.
  • Be qualified to carry out climbed bat inspections of trees or structures.
  • Hold a valid CSCS card and have experience acting as an Ecological or Environmental Clerk of Works on construction sites.
  • Experience in aquatic habitat surveys/assessment and fish rescue.

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