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  • Ref no: SIC04105
  • Published: 16/3/2020
  • Closes: 19/4/2020
  • Location: 8 North Ness, Lerwick, ZE1 0LZ
  • Rate: £19.22 - £22.10 per hour
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time & Part Time

Applications for this job cannot be made online. Please refer to the advert for further information.

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Are you an ambitious planning professional looking for both a fresh career challenge, and a better quality of life?

Here at Shetland Islands Council we have jobs for people just like you. In a challenging and varied role, you will have opportunities to assist in the delivery of existing planned growth as well as planning for the long term future of the islands.

Working as a planner in our team, you’ll play a vital part in shaping life in Shetland - with opportunities to assist in the delivery of existing planned growth, as well as planning for the long term future of the islands.

Decisions you make could impact your neighbour, your doctor, the staff in your local shop.  You’ll make a difference within a community that you’re living in and you’ll get to see firsthand the impact of decisions made within the role. We’ll give you exposure to all areas of planning, helping you to develop your career at a faster rate than you would working in other areas. 

Shetland is not like many other rural island communities. In fact, you can probably forget everything you think you know about it: yes, it is remote; yes, we do enjoy outstanding scenery and wildlife; yes, we get almost 24 hours of daylight in the summer.

But there is more to Shetland than this. Positioned at the heart of the North Sea oil boom since its inception in the 1970s, the islands play a central role in the UK’s oil and gas sector and are now at the forefront of global energy sector - not to mention some of the richest renewable energy resources in the world.

As a result, Shetland enjoys extremely high standards of living: fantastic schools, a state of the art cinema and arts centre and unparalleled access to sporting facilities are all things Shetland residents enjoy. You’ll also find superb roads, frequent bus services, reliable inter-island ferries and frequent flights to Scottish and English cities and, increasingly, superfast broadband.

We’re not just offering you a job, we’re offering the chance to grow your career and your interests, and become part of a community which will give back as much as you put into it. There really is no better place to live and work.

There are several posts available within the Planning Service.

The main focus of the Development Plans post will be the preparation of the Local Development Plan, but there will also be opportunities to get involved in other aspects of planning such as Masterplanning, Placemaking, Local Place Plans and Locality Planning. Relevant experience in policy development and planning at local authority level would be an advantage in this role.

The main focus of the Development Management post is to ensure that development and changes in land use occur in suitable locations and are sustainable so Shetland can remain a beautiful and rewarding place to live. Relevant experience in development management and planning at local authority level would be an advantage in this role.

We’re looking for people who are motivated, enthusiastic and highly organised, with excellent written, numeracy and verbal communication skills. You will be a people person with excellent negotiation skills. You will be educated to degree level with an RTPI recognised qualification be able to analyse and interpret data, prepare reports and briefings, take part and lead on topic groups and manage projects.

  • A relocation package applies to these posts
  • We will pay interview expenses from within the UK

More detail is provided in the Job Profile, Person Specification and Conditions of Service Summary attached to the bottom of this advert.

Please follow the link(s) below for further information -

Additional Information

Please see other Planning Officer vacancies (SIC04104, SIC04106 & SIC04107) listed on Shetland Islands Council myjobscotland page -

  • The grade of this post is K/L
  • Rate of pay shown in the advert is inclusive of Distant Islands Allowance of £1.1576 per hour
  • This post is career graded - your salary and career progression will depend on your experience and qualifications
  • 1 x Permanent Full Time post for 37 hours per week and 1 x Permanent Part Time post for 14.8 hours per week, 52.18 weeks per year  
  • You must have the ability to travel throughout Shetland at short notice and where public transport is limited
  • We are happy to talk flexible working

During the application process you are required to give the names of two persons not related to you, who we can contact to provide a reference to support your application.

This post is based at 8 North Ness Business Park, Lerwick, Shetland

For further details relating to this post, please contact:  John Holden, Team Leader, Tel - 01595 743898, email -

If you have a disability which prevents you from applying online, please call 01595 744032.


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