Assistant Ecologist

Forestry Commission England

Santon Downham, Brandon, Suffolk
£23,678 - £25,002 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: 1619156

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Monday, 4th March 2019  

Job description

Forestry Commission England is seeking a motivated individual to assist our Planning and Environment Team in delivering conservation projects and ongoing monitoring across a multi-purpose forest environment.

This post is based in East England Forest District at the District Office in Santon Downham near Brandon, Suffolk. The district, with over 130 directly employed staff, covers an area of 35,000 ha from North Norfolk to Brighton; including Thetford Forest and the outlying beats of Sandlings, Kent, East Sussex, Chilterns and Thames Chase Community Forest.

The district has a varied landholding including the large Pine Forest at Thetford, Community Woodland on the outskirts of London and a range of mixed woodland, many of which are on sites of Ancient Woodland. There are numerous sites of conservation interest designated across the district, including SPA, SAC, SSSI, AONB, ASNW, CWS and Scheduled Monuments. The district offers outdoor recreation opportunities to thousands of people each year at its recreation centres and the whole freehold estate is dedicated for public access on foot.

The post holder will be responsible to the District Ecologist who will be the Reporting Officer, and the Planning & Environment Manager will be the Confirming Officer.

While the post will be based at the District Office at Santon Downham the post holder will be required to travel around EEFD to support work in other areas of the district. There will be some weekend working required with this post. 

Purpose of the Job

To assist the District Ecologist in delivering conservation projects and ongoing monitoring across the district by supervising staff or contractors and carrying out habitat and species surveys, which will inform conservation management across the district.

Key Work Areas

  • Carry out habitat and species surveys to inform the management of SSSIs, priority habitats and European Protected & priority Species.
  • Manage contracts; supervise staff and volunteers to deliver conservation projects across the district.
  • Manage conservation data within the GIS, verifying existing sources and updating as new surveys are completed.
  • Assist with general administration such as financial information, contract management and report writing.

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