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Landscape Scientist

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Landscape Scientist
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€26 - 45 
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Entrants: 26 - 34
Experienced: 45k +
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Last Updated: March, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Uses scientific knowledge of the environment to solve and prevent practical landscape problems.

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Landscape scientists use scientific knowledge of the environment to solve practical landscape problems, providing help with landscape design, planning and management. They are often part of a team and work closely with other members of the landscape profession.   
They carry out environmental assessment studies of major development proposals, conduct site surveys and help to resolve nature conservation issues. When a new motorway is planned, they examine the ecological effects of building it and give evidence as expert witnesses at public enquiries. As part of their duties they advise on long-term solutions that aim to protect or to reduce adverse effects on existing wildlife. The work is varied. For example, they may:

  • conduct surveys of existing vegetation and soils
  • design, create and monitor new habitats
  • suggest ways of increasing wildlife on a particular site
  • carry out studies to help with central and local government planning

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As a landscape scientist you will need an interest and training in subjects such as ecology, conservation, biology, environmental law and regulations, soil science, botany or related disciplines. You must also be a good communicator and advisor as you will deal with clients of all kinds including:

  • government departments
  • other professions such as civil engineers, surveyors, naturalists and horticulturists
  • Local authorities
  • the general public

You must have good literacy and numeracy skills, to complete surveys, records and reports.   
The work is likely to involve travel to various sites, therefore a driving licence is an advantage.

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Organisation: Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
  Address: Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 0200
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Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food
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