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Senior Planner

City of Edinburgh
Benefits: Pension, 26 days Annual Leave (pro-rata), Life Assurance
Closing date
29 May 2022
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Senior Planner
Salary: £33,600.00 - £37,275.00 Pro Rata
Benefits: Pension, 26 days Annual Leave (pro-rata), Life Assurance
Duration: Part-Time

What's the role about?

As a Senior Conservation Planner working within our friendly, committed and supportive team of professional planners in our wider policy and advocacy department, your professional planning advice will be invaluable in helping RSPB Scotland save and restore nature.

You will have the opportunity to coordinate RSPB Scotland's engagement with some of the country's highest profile planning cases and our responses to national and local planning policies, all to ensure planning decisions benefit nature. You will also implement, and help create new, organisational policies within RSPB Scotland and across the RSPB. Our ability to engage at a professional level with development planning and management is a key strength that helps us influence decision-making and seek positive outcomes for nature and people.

The role will see you build relationships with your colleagues across the RSPB, including with other planners, conservation scientists, policy officers and those from our communications and media teams. You’ll be a good communicator and be able to draw in their knowledge and experience and apply it to our engagement in everything from ports and harbour development and renewables projects right through to campaigning and developing innovative policy measures to help tackle the nature and climate emergency.

What we need from you


  • Degree or equivalent in environmental or planning subject
  • Chartered member of Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) or other equivalent professional qualification.
  • Substantial professional experience of the Town and Country Planning system, other regulatory system or of working in a relevant policy role.
  • Good knowledge of environmental issues.
  • Good understanding of environmental legislation and its relevance to site conservation regulation and policy, including environmental assessment processes, such as Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitats Regulations Assessment.
  • Able to analyse complex issues in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent negotiating and influencing skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good time management and organisational skills.
  • Able to manage projects effectively.
  • Able to act independently to generate and lead on policy positions and projects.
  • Confident and capable of being a public face for RSPB Scotland to the media and social media.


  • Experience of working in the planning system, especially development management and/or public inquiries.
  • Knowledge of politics and political systems and their relevance to conservation issues.
  • IT skills, including an ability to work with data between platforms, including GIS.
  • Educated to post-graduate level in a relevant subject.
  • Experience of campaigning.
  • Knowledge of ecology and biology of key species and habitats, and their relationship to land use change.

Additional Information

This role is advertised as 0.7 full-time equivalent, which amounts to 3.5 full days but there is flexibility to agree on a working pattern with the successful applicant.

Closing date: 23:59, Sunday 29th May 2022
We will aim to be conducting Interviews on the 9th or 10th of June 2022.

For all application/role enquiries please contact -

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

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