Assistant Ecologist

Hampshire County Council

Winchester (hybrid mix of remote and office-based working)
£25,628 - £28,326 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Sunday, 23rd June 2024   4 days left

Ref: HCC616566
Salary: £25,628 - £28,326 per annum
Location: Three Minsters House, Winchester (Hybrid mix of remote and office-based working).
Closing date: 23 June 2024.

The Role:

We are looking to recruit an Assistant Ecologist to work within the Ecology Team at Hampshire County Council. This post is an exciting opportunity to be at the heart of protecting and enhancing Hampshire's unique natural environment for its residents and visitors.

The Ecology Team is part of a large, integrated, multi-disciplinary team offering a range of specialist environmental services to the County Council and other public authorities. We work closely with County Highways and Property Services supporting the delivery of a range of property and infrastructure projects across Hampshire and beyond by matching a commercial sector approach to a public sector brief.

You'll be a collaborative and reliable team member who can also work independently and pro-actively. You'll have an excellent work ethic, able to work well as part of a team and often during unsociable hours. You will have good organisational and written communication skills, producing clear survey notes, and confident in the use of typical IT applications (MS Word, Excel, and Outlook). A familiarity with GIS would be desirable.

You will be carrying out protected species surveys on a range of scales of project under the guidance and supervision of more senior colleagues, assist with on-site mitigation, and work with contractors to supervise and enable smaller-scale site work. You will also undertake office-based tasks including map production, data gathering and presentation, and data analysis.

You'll have an appropriate degree or professional qualification, and at least one full season of ecological field survey experience ideally in a consultancy environment or similar role. You'll have experience of a range of protected/notable species surveys ideally including bats (particularly for emergence/re-entry surveys and activity surveys), dormice, and reptiles. A general understanding of broad ecological principles, applied ecology, and wildlife legislation is essential.

Hampshire County Council offers training to develop your skills in ecology and the planning system. You will enjoy the benefits, experience, and interest of working on a varied programme with an experienced team of ecologists. This comes with the advantages of working within a local authority environment, such as flexible working patterns, cross-disciplinary teamworking, and a supportive environment focussed on your wellbeing and personal development.

Our people are what make us a vibrant and well-respected organisation. With a strong track record of delivering high quality services within the natural environment, you will be able to contribute to our purpose of delivering great public value outcomes at the same time as developing your own career. For more information about the work we do please visit Shared Expertise environment and planning | Hampshire County Council (

What We Can Offer You:

Hampshire County Council is recognised nationally as one of the highest performing local authorities in the UK. A modern, forward-looking local authority, it offers a pleasant, supportive, and collaborative working environment.

Hampshire County Council is also a flexible employer interested in making the most of your skills and offers a great work life balance. We invest in you through our internal development programmes and training and offer a competitive salary and benefits package.

Additional Information:

Assistant Ecologist - Job Description and Person Specification

Contact Details for an Informal Discussion:

Adam Egglesfield, Lead Ecologist (Projects) - [email protected]

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