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Do you want to be involved in guiding the future of peatland restoration across Scotland’s forests and land? Are you looking to change career to a more practically focused job, with lots of opportunity to work outdoors in Scotland’s beautiful rural landscape?

We’re looking for enthusiastic, practical, creative, forward-thinking people to join our Regional teams in the East, South & West of Scotland.

Forestry and Land Scotland’s peatland programme is increasing in scale. To date, we have undertaken restoration work on 8,552 hectares of degraded peatland habitat, ~1,000 hectares of restoration per annum. By 2025 we expect to be restoring some 3,000 hectares annually, to prevent emissions, capture carbon and create new valuable habitats for threatened peatland wildlife in the process.

Meet the peatland team

Our peatland team come from a variety of backgrounds and work all across Scotland. Hear from Dave, Liz and Neil about what it's like working in this vital field.

What you will do

You will play a vital role in tackling both the Climate Emergency and biodiversity crisis through planning and delivering the restoration of peatland habitats across your Region. Many areas have been modified by past management, and your role will be to restore existing blanket bogs, lowland raised bogs, and afforested peatlands. Restoring peatlands is valuable, not just in reducing emissions, but also improving biodiversity, water quality, and even reducing the risk and severity of flooding in some catchments.

You will work as part of a Regional delivery team, to manage all stages of the restoration process on a number of project areas each year. Working with the wider regional team of foresters, and national team of peatland restoration staff, you will prepare site restoration plans, procure and manage contractors, monitor and report on progress, and ensure the work is carried out in a safe and efficient manner. Training will be provided, both formally and through learning from experienced colleagues and interaction with other organizations.

More about the role

From probing bogs to managing contractors, our peatland team take on a variety of roles every day.

We're currently looking for

1 x Peatland Works Supervisor

3 x Peatland Restoration Forester

For specific information on the location, responsibilities and person specification for these posts please click the above links to view the Job Description & Success Profiles.

Further information

We’re interested in hearing from candidates from all backgrounds and particularly welcome applications from females as they’re currently under-represented in our organisation and the wider forestry sector.

We understand that changing your role or workplace can be a big decision to make, with many aspects to consider. In addition to generous pay, holidays and a pension package we also offer:

  • Genuine consideration of flexible working options
  • Flexi-time with the ability to accrue and take off up to 2 days per period (in addition to your holiday allowance)
  • An environment that supports work/life balance for everyone in the team
  • Opportunity to pursue continued professional development

Whatever your circumstances, if you think you would be the right fit for our team and you meet the essential criteria for the role, we encourage and welcome your application.

For more information on the application process, please visit the Candidate Information section.

Why we need you

Peatland restoration is crucial for Scotland's Net Zero ambitions, and helps a wide array of wildlife. Hear from Claire and Ian about why this work is so important, and how you can fit into the team.