Ecology / Biodiversity Officer

Rushmoor Borough Council

Farnborough, Hampshire
£25,464 - £31,401 FTE (pro rata 22.5 hours/week)

Paid • Part Time • Permanent 01252 398410 Louise Piper

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 3rd June 2018  


Planning Services

ECOLOGY/BIODIVERSITY OFFICER (Planning Policy and Conservation)

Salary from £25,464 to £31,401 FTE (22.5 hours per week)

Rushmoor sits in the heart of the Blackwater Valley, a prosperous area covering parts of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire. Our leisure facilities include a ski centre, sports centres, museums, parks, bowling alleys, nature reserves, historic sites and entertainment and arts venues.

You’ll find us to the south west of London, perfectly placed with the road networks providing easy links to the capital, the M25, M3. The south coast is about an hour away.

There are fast rail connections to London Waterloo (fast train 33 minutes), Reading (23 minutes) and Gatwick airport (53 minutes). Heathrow airport is just a short drive away.

Guildford, Woking, Basingstoke, Southampton and Portsmouth are all within easy reach. The area enjoys open countryside, beautiful woodlands and excellent sporting facilities as a result of its military heritage and the Basingstoke Canal runs through it. With so much on offer, it’s a great place for all ages to get active.

Rushmoor Borough Council has invested millions of pounds into both Aldershot and Farnborough to ensure both towns thrive. In Aldershot, nearly 4,000 new homes are being built as part of the Wellesley development. House prices - compared with many in the south east - are surprisingly affordable.

We are looking for a highly motivated person to deliver the Rushmoor Biodiversity Action Plan and promote biodiversity within the Borough. You will be the ecologist / bio-diversity officer in a team of dedicated specialists covering conservation and environmental issues including building conservation, environmental improvements, urban regeneration, landscape and nature conservation, and arboriculture.

One day a week will be spent working in our neighbouring authority Hart District Council, helping to deliver biodiversity priorities within the Borough.

You will provide advice and guidance to the public, Council members and officers to ensure that Council policies and actions do not prejudice biodiversity conservation and will develop and promote partnerships to deliver biodiversity conservation objectives. You will also be responsible for the provision of the Councils ecological responses to planning consultations as well as providing advice in regard to the Councils NERC duties in relation to its management of land and buildings.

You will have a qualification in ecology, conservation management or other relevant field and, ideally, some experience of dealing with planning issues. You should have a pragmatic approach to problem solving and be willing to work as part of a team.

The post provides the opportunity to be involved in a diverse range of biodiversity projects both corporately and within the community.

We have developed a Behaviours Framework, which identifies the key behaviours and attitudes expected of Rushmoor employees.

The Behaviours Framework can be found as an attachment to the advert.

As a Disability Confident employer, Rushmoor Borough Council offers an interview to any candidate who meets the essential requirements for the post and indicates they have a disability.

For an informal discussion on this post please call Keith Holland, Head of Planning on 01252-398790 or Louise Piper, Planning Policy and Conservation Manager on 01252 398410 and find out more about us at

Completed applications to be returned by 3rd June 2018

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