Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP) is leading the development of tidal lagoon technology within the UK. Initially focussed on the development of the world’s first tidal lagoon at Swansea Bay (a 320MW scheme), TLP has started the development phase for a programme of further lagoons, including proposals for the development of a full scale lagoon in Cardiff. It aims to bring sustainability, reliability and long-term security to the UK energy mix.
To accompany and facilitate lagoon development, TLP is driving an Ecosystems Enhancement Programme (EEP) – a targeted nature conservation programme that is likely to include the creation of wetland habitat on an unprecedented scale, restoration efforts for migratory fish and birds, and wide ranging European-scale biodiversity conservation initiatives. TLP’s work responds to the urgent need to tackle climate change, address sea level rise and provide energy security, whilst working with nature and facilitating a positive change for coastal ecosystems.
The EEP has three central aims:
- To have a net positive effect on biodiversity (that is, to go beyond the avoidance of impacts or the achievement of a neutral outcome alone).
- To address the compensation and ecosystem scale mitigation requirements TLP anticipate will arise from tidal lagoon development.
- To foster innovative and collaborative partnerships to deliver conservation action in the UK, EU and globally.
The key to the success of TLP and the EEP is the quality and professionalism of the individuals it hires, as they will be vital to achieving TLP’s goal of driving forward the development of truly world-leading innovative solutions in order to meet the UK’s future energy needs.
Purpose of the role:
Tidal lagoons will impact intertidal and subtidal areas, both within the lagoon area and possibly adjacent to the lagoon. Their development will also have an impact on migratory fish and their habitats. As a result TLP will need to mitigate and compensate for these effects and intends to do this via the EEP.
As this programme expands, TLP are looking for an EEP Development Coordinator who will work at the Head Office in Gloucester. We are looking for an enthusiastic scientist/project manager and developer to support the EEP in the development and delivery of its habitat creation and enhancement programme. Core to the role will be seeking, driving forward and delivering specific projects that fulfil the strategic objectives of the EEP, which include:
- Restoring and creating new wetland sites to maximise biodiversity and afford opportunities for climate adaptation, flood risk management, the historic environment, green tourism and education.
- Supporting habitat restoration efforts for migratory and resident fish through collaborative partnerships with local and global nature conservation organisations (e.g. barrier removal).
- Delivering targeted enhancement initiatives for relevant features listed under the Habitats Directive, IUCN Red List species and UK BAP priority species, supporting local and European-scale biodiversity conservation
- Enabling changes in land management practices to support biodiversity and water quality improvements (e.g. through Payment for Ecosystems Services schemes).
The role will include the development and delivery of the EEP’s catchment management initiatives (including approaches to the Payment for Ecosystems Services (PES)); biodiversity enhancement initiatives, liaison with key stakeholder groups and organisations on partnerships for the EEP, and the management of the EEP engagement planning with regional eNGOs and relevant community groups (in conjunction with current Tidal Lagoon project teams). For example, progressing a catchment to coast enhancement initiative on the East Wales coast. This could include the development of tender specifications, budget preparation, programme management and, potentially, site supervision.
Key responsibilities & accountabilities:
Your key responsibility will be to identify and lead on projects that fulfil the mitigation and enhancement objectives of the EEP. You will input to strategy development, the scoping and design of sites/schemes, appointing specialist consultants and consulting/negotiating with relevant land owners and stakeholders.
Work responsibilities will include:
- Identifying catchment improvement and barrier removal initiatives that can be taken forward by as part of the EEP.
- Identifying habitat enhancement opportunities that can be taken forward by as part of the EEP.
- Review and coordinate PES and other land management opportunities that would provide biodiversity gains.
- Site visits.
- Liaising with landowners, stakeholders, consultants and TLP staff.
- Consulting and negotiating on access arrangements, e.g. diverting public rights of way/realigning footpaths etc.
- Supporting planning submissions and environmental evaluations and contributing to feasibility studies and assessments.
- Preparing project submissions, technical documents and presentations.
- Maintenance of site records and management of GIS data entry.
- Project management of said mitigation and enhancement initiatives.
- Identification of relevant EEP research requirements to feed into the TLP research programme.
- Helping coordinate working partnerships with key stakeholder groups and organisations.
- Being the EEP’s community engagement representative at TLP public engagements, in support of Tidal Lagoon Cardiff staff.
Skills, capabilities & knowledge:
You will have a university degree and practical experience in development, nature conservation or marine projects.
Specifically, you will have:
- An understanding of the issues surrounding catchment management and catchment to coast projects
- Project management experience
- Experience and interest in public engagement, both challenging and positive examples
- A passion for tackling climate change through renewable energy development
- Strong ability to build relationships with all stakeholder groups, listening and communicating confidently
- Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
- Team player attributes
- Strong project management skills
- Interest and/or understanding in coastal management
- Self-motivation, with meticulous attention to detail and a desire to gain new skills/knowledge
- Driving license and ability to travel regularly (primarily within the UK)
If you would like to apply for this role please send your CV with a one page covering letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org. No agencies please.