Incredibly important work - are you up to SNH board challenge?

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Scottish Natural Heritage is the Scottish public body responsible for the country’s heritage, especially its natural, genetic and scenic diversity.

It advises the Scottish Government and acts as a government agent.

Could you spare 30 days a year for the next three years to work on Scottish Natural Heritage’s board (SNH) and get paid just under £300 a day for it?

If the answer is yes, applications are now being taken for four positions with the organisation.

Applicants must have an interest in Scotland’s spectacular nature.

SNH is particularly keen to welcome more women onto the board to meet the Scottish Government’s 50:50 by 2020 initiative.

Scottish Ministers will have the final say on the appointments which start on April 1, 2016.

SNH’s work is hugely varied, from researching and combating climate change to encouraging people to get out and enjoy nature, restoring Scotland’s peatlands and battling wildlife crime.

It is also involved in a diverse range of partnership projects that seek to enhance biodiversity – from the majestic sea eagles to the more obscure woolly willow.

Ian Ross, SNH’s chairman, said: “You think of Scotland and immediately picture beautiful mountains, lochs and coastlines.

“It’s SNH’s role to help protect and enhance all of this, which is not only crucial to our heritage and health, but also to our economy. The work we do is incredibly important.

“I’d encourage anyone with a passion for nature, and experience of either scientific conservation or business, to apply for these rewarding board openings.

“In particular, I would like to encourage women and members of minority groups to apply.

“We have only one woman out of seven people on our board but we’re committed to changing this.”

The Scottish Government looks to SNH for both advice and hands-on management, often working with partner organisations to conserve nature for future generations.

Mr Ross added: “You don’t need a detailed understanding of science and nature to apply for the board positions.

“We’re looking for people with the experience and enthusiasm to help lead a large and complex public service organisation.”

Application packs are available from the public appointments website ( ). The closing date for all applications is January 17.