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Opportunity for a Graduate Trainee at Western Isles Marine and Environment

Job Title: Junior Environmental or Ecological Consultant

WI Marine Environmental, (, a small environmental consultancy based on the Isle of Lewis, is seeking a graduate trainee for a unique opportunity to support a wide range of environmental consultancy services in the Western Isles. 

The placement will provide an opportunity for a candidate to work across a wide range of projects and sectors, including renewables, the space sector, aquaculture and fisheries.  We are also seeking to expand our range of current services and grow in response to a number of trends and opportunities relating to the environment and community development. In addition to day-to-day work of the consultancy, the candidate will also be expected to contribute to general business development and marketing activities.

Learning opportunities will be provided across a variety of topics. Training and self-development will form a significant part of role, with core skills focusing on Global Information Systems (GIS) using QGIS software, and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).   Opportunity for development of the candidate’s particular area of interest or background e.g., ecological survey or socio-economic analysis will be encouraged in line with current and future business needs. 


  • University graduate in an environmental discipline with the equivalent to an upper second class (2.1) or higher relevant Bachelor’s degree;
  • No age limit for candidates, however they should have graduated within the last 4 years;
  • Strong interest in environment and sustainability, evidenced for example, in voluntary work, work experience placements or extra-curricular interests;
  • Ability to effectively research and report on technical environmental topics, undertake analysis and reporting;
  • Knowledge of environment, sustainability issues and challenges within the Western Isles;
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word);
  • Excellent report writing skills, good organisational skills, attention to detail, time management and prioritisation;
  • Confident, proactive and enthusiastic self-starter with ability to work independently and on initiative.


  • Candidates with some experience in environmental surveys (ornithology, protected species, habitats, peat) or other core disciplines related to environmental impact assessments (particularly, socio economics, fisheries, marine surveys).
  • Sectoral experience in aquaculture, renewables, natural or marine resource management;
  • Knowledge of Gaelic;
  • Experience in using GIS system (especially QGIS).


  • Salary between £22,000 - £26,000 pa (depending on candidate), for a full-time contract based on a 37-hour week;
  • Candidates should live in, or be prepared to move to the Western Isles for a hybrid of home / office working (the office is currently in Gress, Isle of Lewis);
  • The initial contract is for 12 months fixed term; however, the aim is that the contract will become permanent following this period;
  • Closing date for applications: 4 October 2021;
  • Please send a CV and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.