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Vacancy Project Officer - Environment
Town Forfar
Employer Angus Council
Vacancy type Full Time Job
Reference number Pro6831
Form of employment Full Time
Salary / Rate £34,852.00 - £39,729.00
Hours Not specified
Published 13/01/2022
Closing date 28/01/2022


Based at Angus House, Orchardbank Business Park, Forfar.

Are you passionate about the environment? Do you want to join a team delivering urban and rural nature-based projects in Angus? Can you contribute to the Angus response to the ecological and climate challenges faced in North East Scotland?

We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic, and experienced individual to join the Angus Council Environment and Climate Change Team. In this varied and interesting role you will work with communities, elected members, regional partnerships, and Angus Council corporate teams.

You will use your expertise to work towards the protection and restoration of nature, supporting the delivery of nature-based solutions at landscape and development scales. Specifically, you will play key role in identifying and assessing feasibility of potential projects, advising on implementation, and carrying out impact monitoring.

It has never been clearer that nature and healthy ecosystems are critical to the sustainability of our communities, to our health and our wellbeing and to our response to climate change. We want to enable people to experience the direct health benefits of nature, protect and enhance the biodiversity of Angus and ensure its benefits for communities in the long term.

If you would like to know more about the role please contact Kelly Ann Dempsey at or telephone 07771 973 280.


  • Responsible for coordinating the development of the Council-wide approach to environment / biodiversity in line with Council and Government policy and targets.        
  • Undertake activities which will challenge and assist the Council in its approach, including developing strategy and policy, researching best practice, and completing mandatory and committee reporting.    
  • Keep up to date with current ecological best practice, science and innovation providing professional land use planning guidance and advice to staff and communities.  
  • Assist in the delivery and monitoring of the Tayside Local Biodiversity Action Plan 2016-26, supporting the engagement of Angus council staff and Angus communities in its delivery.    
  • Identify new and innovative nature- based solutions to address the ecological and climate crisis supporting the green recovery. Seek and progress funding opportunities for climate initiatives in conjunction with the Team Leader.
  • Work with the team to deliver the response to nature-based climate change adaptation.
  • Develop climate adaptation and biodiversity engagement tools to support community capacity building and corporate and external partnership working.  
  • Assist with the development of carbon measurement, monitoring, and accounting systems in relation to the natural environment and support climate change land-based carbon reduction initiatives and wider environmental assessments.    
  • Develop opportunities to connect people with nature – promoting health and wellbeing through the natural environment and Green Health Partnerships.  
  • Assist to promote the Council’s approach to communication and biodiversity issues, further develop the online presence, stakeholder events and influence behaviour change.  
  • Support cross service/joint agency and regional initiatives and member/officer    working groups.    
  • To comply with all data protection law in the processing of personal, and special categories of personal data, in line with the council’s full privacy statement and service privacy notices

Essential criteria

  • Degree or equivalent in a relevant environmental subject (eg ecology, conservation biology or environmental science)
  • Full Membership of appropriate professional body (eg preferred Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management)
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Willingness to undertake mandatory information governance training
  • Substantial experience working in a related environment
  • Experience in the field of ecology/biodiversity
  • Working knowledge of biodiversity focussed issues facing Scottish local authorities
  • Experience of developing biodiversity policy, strategy and targets to achieve outcomes
  • Experience of partnership and collaborative working
  • Experience of working within a team to develop and deliver projects
  • Experience of using systems to gather and analyse information to ensure work remains focused and customer orientated
  • Good oral communication skills
  • Good written communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise/manage workload using own initiative
  • Behave and acts in line with the council’s values
  • Ability to confidently make decisions
  • Ability to work with colleagues at all levels eg directorate/organisational and with partners
  • Mobility, in order to work flexibly and agilely in a variety of locations as required
  • Full, current driving licence Access to a vehicle

Desirable criteria

  • Knowledge and understanding of external funding opportunities
  • Ability to identify opportunities for creativity and innovation, including the implementation of digital service delivery

Additional information

Not specified


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