Nature Recovery Officer

Stevenage Borough Council

Stevenage, Hertfordshire
£34,834 - £38,223 pa pro rata for hours worked

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Sunday, 2nd June 2024   4 days left


Stevenage was the UK’s first new town and today it remains a largely urban environment, but with a range of habitats including woodland, grasslands, and wetlands there is a lot going on for wildlife.

About The Role

We have an exciting opportunity to join our professional, friendly and highly committed Environmental Policy & Development team. We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Ecology & Biodiversity Officer to help Stevenage deliver a matrix of valuable wildlife habitats now and in the future.

They will be responsible for managing the enhancement, restoration and creation of wildlife habitats, ensuring that we fulfil our duties under the Environment Act 2021 in relation to biodiversity net gain, and leading the delivery of the Stevenage Biodiversity Action Plan.

The successful candidate will need to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders; contributing to raising awareness of biodiversity across Stevenage and the wider county.

They will lead on a range of opportunities to connect people and wildlife including leading practical conservation activities and delivery of community events and projects.

About You

You will have:

  • A proven track record of developing green spaces for people and wildlife
  • Sound knowledge of Biodiversity Net Gain
  • Knowledge of writing management plans for a range of habitat types
  • Good general ecological knowledge of British species and habitats
  • Expertise in delivering nature-based solutions and biodiversity interventions
  • Proven experience of leading practical conservation activities for volunteers and community groups

Our benefits

We offer a range of benefits to support our staff including:

  • Pension Scheme: We offer a career average pension scheme, providing generous benefits upon retirement, as well as a lump sum and pension for dependants
  • Flexible working: available upon request, subject to operational requirements.
  • Part time and Job share: all our full time vacancies are open to job share unless otherwise stated.
  • A variety of different types of paid and unpaid leave covering emergency and planned leave, maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave.
  • 25 days holiday rising to 31 days (depending on Local Government service)
  • An extensive range of learning and development opportunities
  • Confidential advice and support on personal, work, family and relationship issues, 24/7, from our Employee Assistance Programme
  • Season ticket loans and discounts for public transport
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Stevenage Credit Union: secure savings, free life insurance and access to cheap loans.
  • Employee Discounts: via monthly paid membership of the Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC)
  • Discounted Health and Fitness membership
  • Trade Unions: For a small fee, all employees have the opportunity to join a Trade Union.

Application Details

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Julia Hill, Environmental Policy & Development Manager (01438 242900)

Closing date for receipt of applications: 02 June 2024

Please note that if we receive a large volume of applications for this role, we reserve the right to close this vacancy ahead of the published closing date

Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, volunteers and recruitment candidates to share this commitment. SBC shall take all reasonable steps to employ staff who are safe to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. For posts identified with regular contact with these groups applicants will be required to undertake a Value Based Interview. The council supports the legislative requirements for employing and maintaining safer staff and the guidance specified by Hertfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board

Stevenage Borough Council is committed to Equal Opportunities for All. For further information please click here.


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