Principal Ecology/Biodiversity Officer

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

Basingstoke, Hampshire
£47,765 - £51,623 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Wednesday, 7th August 2024  

Biodiversity and ecology is a high priority for Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and we are looking for an experienced ecology/biodiversity professional to lead on the delivery of this work. 

Having recently adopted a new Biodiversity Strategy and having significantly developed our process for delivering Biodiversity Net Gain, this is an exciting opportunity for someone to lead an exceptional biodiversity team. Working with colleagues, councillors and external partners, you will be the driving force for ensuring that actions to support biodiversity and ecology are delivered across the borough. You will take the lead in developing and delivering a variety of exciting actions as part of the strategy, along with other key projects and work programmes. 

Basingstoke and Deane has a diverse natural environment which includes the North Wessex Downs National Landscape, National and Local Nature Reserves, along with a wealth of habitats and species within our parks and open spaces.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual who will line manage up to 4 officers and lead the team in delivering a forward-thinking biodiversity and ecological service. Working alongside other ecologists/biodiversity officers, tree officers, landscape architects and open space officers, you will be involved in the strategic management of ecological and biodiversity projects across the borough including requirements arising out of the Environment Act (including Biodiversity Net Gain), the council’s Biodiversity Strategy, working with partners and providing expert advice on development management matters in the borough.

You will have a proven track record of working within the ecology/biodiversity sector, having developed and delivered strategies and projects that protect and enhance the natural environment. A thorough knowledge and detailed understanding of current issues and professional practices is essential, combined with excellent communication skills.

This position would suit someone who wants to make a difference, is motivated by having a diverse and varied workload and enjoys working with colleagues, councillors, residents and partners. 

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Paul Johnston, Natural Environment Team Leader, on 01256 845763 or by email at [email protected]

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