Senior Conservation Planner

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Ashbocking, Ipswich, Suffolk
£27,000 - £30,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 01473 890089 Clare Rood

Reference: SCP

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Wednesday, 5th June 2019  

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is Suffolk’s nature charity – the only organisation dedicated wholly to safeguarding Suffolk’s wildlife and countryside

Founded in 1961 Suffolk Wildlife Trust has been leading conservation efforts in Suffolk and safeguarded some of the county’s most important wildlife areas as nature reserves.

  • We are supported by 28,000 members and 50 businesses. We have over 1,300 active volunteers.
  • We care for nearly 8,000 acres of Suffolk's most precious habitats in our 50 nature reserves.
  • We advise planners, landowners, communities and individuals on improving land for wildlife - to create a Living Landscape that is rich in wildlife where species can move out of protected sites through networks of linked up habitat.
  • All our nature reserves are free for everyone to enjoy and our 7 Wild Learning centres provide opportunities for all ages to discover, explore and learn about the natural world. Last year we led 400 school visits and ran 550 events, including activities organized by our network of volunteer-led wildlife groups. In all, more than 60,000 people were involved with a wildlife activity organised by the Trust and many more enjoyed our reserves independently.
  • We have a dedicated team of 11 Trustees and more than 70 members of staff.

Our Values

  • We will always act in the best interests of wildlife.
  • We will secure a future for wildlife in Suffolk by connecting people to nature.
  • We will make a difference by inspiring and empowering local action for wildlife.
  • We are a learning organisation and will embrace new ideas to achieve our vision

The Opportunity - Senior Conservation Planner

This is a key role working in the Conservation team to influence the planning system in Suffolk to ensure the best outcomes for biodiversity.

Engaging with and influencing the land use planning system to deliver the best outcomes for biodiversity is an important area of work for the Trust.

There are currently a number of Nationally Important Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) associated with the Suffolk coast relating to energy generation and transfer into the grid. These include the proposal for a new nuclear power station at Sizewell and offshore wind installations and their onshore infrastructure, as well as opportunities for electricity exchange with other parts of Europe. There are also plans to upgrade the grid in other parts of Suffolk. Your key input will be through attendance at stakeholder meetings, webinars and workshops and writing detailed responses to consultations.

Responding to Local Plan consultations is another key area of our work. You will ensure that plan policies are robust in protecting and enhancing biodiversity and that site allocations avoid sites of biodiversity interest and maximise opportunities for biodiversity gain. You will also similarly review and respond to large planning applications.

Locally designated sites do not have statutory protection but can have significant importance for biodiversity. They are recognised within the National Planning Policy Framework and the Wildlife Trusts lead on the protection of these sites through the planning process. You will respond to all plans and projects to ensure that such sites will be safeguarded.

 Essential Experience and Qualifications

  • University degree or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • Working with a range of stakeholders to deliver net gain for biodiversity
  • Experience of managing a diverse and complex workload
  • Experience of reviewing and responding to Local Planning consultations

Essential Knowledge

  • In depth knowledge and understanding of the UK planning system and how this relates to protecting and enhancing biodiversity
  • Good working knowledge of habitats and species in Suffolk and relevant wildlife legislation

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to advise others of biodiversity issues and delivering successful outcomes
  • Competent use of IT systems including Microsoft Office suite and GIS software
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task to ensure progress of simultaneous work streams
  • Good report writing skills with the ability to convey information to a variety of audiences.

Key Competencies

  • Communicating and influencing
  • Diplomacy and team working with a range of people
  • Organised and self-motivated with
  • Prioritising to meet deadlines
  • Responsible for building and maintaining relationships with partner organisations
  • Ambassador for Suffolk Wildlife Trust whilst delivering activities and events; responsible for upholding the Trust’s reputation, image and level of service

The nature of this role means that a full driving licence is essential.

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