[MARMAM] Job opportunity - Marine Ornithologist / Offshore Survey Manager

Paul Gill Paul at ess-ltd.co.uk
Mon Oct 6 08:22:53 PDT 2008

Job Vacancy - Marine Ornithologist/ Offshore Survey Manager

Environmentally Sustainable Systems Ltd (ESS) is a well established UK-based 
consultancy operating primarily in the offshore ornithological survey 
and assessment market. With experience on over seventy offshore and 
onshore renewable energy projects, we are diversifying into emerging 
offshore and terrestrial markets, including wave and tidal, housing, 
commercial and other terrestrial developments. Due to expansion in 
the offshore wind, wave and tidal sectors we are currently seeking a 
highly experienced marine ornithologist with good knowledge of marine 
mammals to lead offshore survey and assessment work including marine 
ecological impact assessment studies and ongoing monitoring. The post 
will be based in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Candidates must possess:

· Expert knowledge of UK seabirds and ideally marine mammals.
· Proven track record in organising and leading offshore 
· Project management and report writing skills.
· Experience of GIS and databases.
· High level of organisation, adaptability and ability to work 
in a team.

- Please find an outline of roles, responsibilities, and criteria 
below application details

We offer a competitive salary with attractive training and 
development prospects and strong commitment to environmental 
excellence, the highest H&S standards and the pursuit of high quality 

Interviews will take place in Edinburgh in late October 2008.

Closing date for applications is 14:00 14th October 2008 

To apply for the above post please fill out the application 
form at http://www.ess- ltd.co.uk/ information/ recruitment. php (please 
use as many pages as necessary and expand boxes to fit your 
requirements) , and send along with a covering letter to paul at ess-
ltd.co.uk or by post to:
Paul Gill (Director), 
Environmentally Sustainable Systems Ltd, 
70 Cumberland Street, 
EH3 6RE.

The Job:

Roles and Responsibilities:

1. Managing seabird and marine mammal surveys.
2. Co-ordinating and liaising with offshore contractors, 
boat skippers and clients.
3. Data coding, summarisation and presentation in 
interim reports, using database and macros.
4. Data searches, evaluation, analysis and 
5. Producing maps using ArcView GIS.
6. Writing offshore reports.
7. Writing offshore tender documents and quotations.
8. Financial management of offshore projects
9. Quality management, health, safety and environment 
risk assessment.
10. Attending client meetings, conferences, seminars and 
11. Assisting other Project Managers where appropriate.
12. Tracking bird and marine mammal survey and research, 
biodiversity assessment and EcIA.
13. Tracking offshore markets and targeting work 
14. Developing effective stakeholder networks & 
15. Contributing to systems for continuous improvement and 
problem prevention
16. Undergoing Safety and Professional Training as appropriate
17. Reporting directly to Director

The Person:

Essential Criteria:

· Must have expert seabird and good marine mammal 
identification skills.
· Educated ideally to degree level or above (at least diploma 
or equivalent) in a relevant discipline
· Proven track record in organising and leading offshore surveys
· Project Management and report writing experience with 
attention to detail
· Proven track record in delivering high quality outputs to 
agreed deadlines to meet project execution and deliverables within 
· Ability to work well under pressure and be able to use own 
initiative in a self motivated fashion
· A genuine concern for environmental issues, and a sympathetic 
interest in renewable energy.
· Capacity to understand clients needs and design cost-
effective solutions to meet these.
· Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, 
Access, and GIS (preferably ArcView*).
· Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills
· Capacity to rapidly grasp, evaluate and present complex 
information from a variety of sources.
· Good communication skills both verbal and written
· High level of organization and adaptability

Desirable Criteria:

· Expert marine mammal identification skills and practical 
knowledge of survey techniques
· Knowledge and experience of biodiversity assessment and/or 
ecological impact assessment. 
· Masters degree in a relevant discipline.
· Practical experience in ESAS seabird surveying techniques.
· Up to date Personal Sea Survival Techniques/BOSIET/ HUET 
· First class customer care, networking and telephone skills

Paul Gill MIIEM
Principal & Director
70 Cumberland Street
Edinburgh EH3 6RE
Tel: 0131 556 9119
Fax: 0131 556 9118
E-mail: paul at ess-ltd.co.uk 
Website: http://www.ess-ltd.co.uk 
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