Planning and Policy Officer

Kent Wildlife Trust

Maidstone, Kent
£27,007 - £32,042 pro rata DOE

Paid • Full or Part Time • Fixed Term Contract 01622 662012 Dot Hughes

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Sunday, 8th July 2018  

This post draws together a number of tasks that are crucial to sustainable planning policy in Kent and Medway. The post holder will work alongside the Trust’s Planning and Conservation & Thames Gateway Officers in influencing development plans, planning proposals and projects. This is a post which will use to the full a broad mixture of skills built on wide, hands-on experience. The qualities of the individual appointed to the post will play a large part in determining the nature of the job. This role is offered as a part-time (3 days a week) or full-time role.

The post holder will play a key part in ensuring that planning and other land-use policy protects designated sites, wildlife habitats and wild species and work towards the Trust’s vision for a resilient ecological network for Kent.

Role: Some of your key responsibilities as Planning & Policy Officer will include:

  • Responsible for KWT’s input on land-use policy including:
    • Development plans
    • Minerals and Waste Development Documents
  • Principally responsible, in consultation with other members of the planning team, for KWT’s input and response to major development proposals including:
    • National infrastructure projects
    • Large-scale housing developments
  • Input into national planning policy, including coordinated responses with TWT and other conservation organisations
  • Support the organisation in representing KWT where appropriate such as at:
    • Public examinations
    • Public enquiries
    • Formal planning meetings
  • Develop systems that will make the planning team more efficient and effective which may include training for planning officers and inputting essential information into GIS

You: To be considered for this fantastic role, in a great team, in a fantastic setting, you MUST be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Excellent understanding of the planning system and current planning policy
  • Excellent understanding of current nature conservation policy and thinking
  • Excellent presentation and negotiating skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to work alongside colleagues in a close team

Contact details: For an informal discussion about the post please contact Vinny Ganley on 01622 357864. For an application pack visit our website or contact Dot Hughes on 01622 662012, email  Closing date for applications is Sunday 8th July. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 18th July.

Kent Wildlife Trust is the leading wildlife charity for Kent and Medway, supported by its members and staffed by committed professionals. Nature is in trouble and it needs our help. Kent Wildlife Trust has a plan to aid nature's recovery and we encourage people to join with us in order to make a difference. 

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