Kaitiaki Consulting has hired 20 leading environmental consultants after a global recruitment drive as it ramps up its activity to help tackle climate change through large scale land restoration and rewilding..
Specialists in forestry, ornithology, botany, soil science and a raft of other key science are among those brought in as part of ambitious plans for our centres of operation in Scotland and New Zealand.
Kaitiaki Consulting is the driving force behind the Billion Trees Scotland reforestation campaign announced earlier this year after the success of a similar mass planting scheme under prime minister Jacinda Adern’s government in New Zealand.
Talks between our project leaders and local authorities in Scotland committed to reducing their climate emissions through large scale planting have advanced enough for us to engage the new recruits immediately.
Our hiring agents said the campaign had broken all records for an ad in the sector, with more than 800 inquiries for the highly skilled positions. The new roles are based across Scotland, the rest of the UK and in New Zealand.
Alex Foulkes, Managing Director, said the level of experience brought in was “phenomenal” – particularly at a time when many firms were unable to recruit during the global Coronavirus pandemic.
He said: “We expected some excellent candidates given the nature of these roles, but we have exceeded even our hopes. The standard is phenomenally good, and we are very fortunate to have such a high calibre of expertise joining our team.
“Together we will work with businesses, landowners, local authorities and other groups like ours to find a way to embrace the green new deal needed for the post COVID-19 recovery, so we can all play an essential part in reducing carbon emissions.”
We match environmental need – such as carbon offsetting and reduction – with funding partners. They then find and develop habitats to plant trees and enhance biodiversity as part of a sustainable cycle.
Alex said: “Organisations such as councils, businesses and others are committed to reaching net zero. We provide the strategy, expertise and on the ground management to make this happen more quickly than trying to develop an in-house solution.
“We also take all of the funding risk, administration tasks and deliver a ‘sow and grow’ policy of making communities better places.
“For landowners we offer a long-term stream of income generation, excellent CSR and PR returns, and an opportunity to play a significant part in supporting the Scottish Government’s net zero commitment over several decades.”
Our team will be visiting key forestry, conservation and rewilding sites around the country over the next month.