Biodiversity Assistant

Quality & Service Ltd (Q&S)

London & Berkshire
c.£22,000 dependent on experience

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

www.qslimited.com RParkin@qslimited.com 07488 376766 Rob Parkin

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!


COMPANY DETAILS

Q&S is an independent, privately owned limited company which commenced trading in January 2000, with a culture of unconditional integrity at its heart. We pride ourselves on offering a continuously improving horticultural service that is tailored to suit the precise needs of each and every Client.

Q&S is an industry leader in respect to Biodiversity with a wealth of knowledge and experience in Biodiversity and Biodiversity Trackers. Our credentials for working with environmental bodies and experts are well-established, and we work tirelessly to provide our clients with easy access to related information and advice. With our close, positive working relationship with Peter Brett Associates’ senior ecologists for the past 5 years, we are consistently achieving extremely high biodiversity standards at a number of client sites.

Q&S' Biodiversity capabilities have developed, to the point where we created a subsidiary brand - Q&S Biodiversity Consultancy & Management. Q&S have extensive experience in providing various biodiversity services to our clients, from consultancy through to management, including drafting, managing and implementing Biodiversity Trackers which we have designed to be fully compliant with the stringent requirements of the Wildlife Trusts prestigious Biodiversity Benchmark Award.

Q&S are building on the success we have had in Biodiversity by actively developing this across our Client portfolio. Whilst some sites will not qualify for inclusion onto the full award, Q&S believe that the implementation of a Biodiversity structure that mirrors the Wildlife Trusts' standard, can only be a net gain for our Clients in terms of biodiversity and sustainability.

JOB DESCRIPTION

We’re looking for a Biodiversity Assistant with practical management and people skills, with lots of enthusiasm and energy to join our team initially for a year. This is a great opportunity to build up valuable work experience in the biodiversity sector working alongside our senior management team.

What’s it like to work here

Q&S is a commercial landscaping company, who have become market leaders in Biodiversity and Biodiversity Trackers, setting up a subsidiary company Q&S Biodiversity Consultancy & Management. Q&S dedication to conserving and enhancing our client's landscapes, was recognised when a site we manage was Awarded (and continues to retain) the prestigious Wildlife Trusts Biodiversity Benchmark Award - the only business park in the UK to currently hold this Award.

We are a small friendly multidisciplinary team based in London and Berkshire. We involve many other organisations so you’ll be part of this wider community too.

What you’ll be doing

You'll be the go-to person for biodiversity, land management and practical tasks within the team. You’ll organise and run projects, events and training, as well as co-ordinating surveying and monitoring of species and habitats, along with ensuring effective management of the Biodiversity Trackers.

  • Evaluate biodiversity potentials on a variety of sites
  • Liaise with different clients about site biodiversity potentials and manage their expectations
  • Monitor biodiversity across different sites in London and Berkshire
  • Help with any biodiversity issues on sites, contacting contact appropriate wildlife charities if needed
  • Write biodiversity relevant social media and blogs posts
  • Assist with practical habitat management
  • Implement biodiversity action plans
  • Work with a variety of landscaping teams, help coordinate biodiversity practices
  • Organise and run environmental events eg. floristry, nature walks / talks
  • Plan annual events calendars on different sites, ensuring risk assessments and work permits issued

You’ll play a key role in helping to deliver an outstanding landscapes rich in wildlife, enabling people to access, enjoy, understand and connect with the landscape.

Who we're looking for

We are a committed, hardworking and friendly team, knowledgeable and passionate about biodiversity and we are looking for like-minded people to join us.

You’ll need to have:

  • Excellent wildlife identification (specifically ornithology)
  • Excellent understanding of existing wildlife legislation and habitat management
  • Good research and writing skills surrounding ecology and ongoing biodiversity news
  • Ability to inspire, engage and involve others, and be confident in leading events
  • Confidence to liaise with Q&S and Client management teams
  • Excellent organisational and office/ICT skills and experience (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ArcGIS)
  • Clean Driving licence
  • A passion for wildlife, the outdoors (in all weathers!) landscaping and nature conservation
  • Enthusiasm, energy, self-motivation and a willingness to learn and develop

The role is 40 hours per week and will require occasional weekend, bank holiday and evening working and some lone working. The post is initially for 1 year (sabbatical cover) starting in April 2019.


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