Senior Countryside Officer

South Oxfordshire District Council

Abingdon, Oxfordshire
£39,983 - £44,543 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 5th July 2019  


South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse District Councils are seeking an experienced ecologist to manage the council’s Countryside Service. This is an exciting and varied role working with a team of specialist advisors who are to helping shape the future environment of southern Oxfordshire.

You must have professional experience of working as an Ecologist and be able to demonstrate a sound practical knowledge in all aspects of ecology and land management.

You will be working alongside a team including, Tree Officers, Conservation Officers, Urban Designers and Landscape Architects. You will have a wide range of experience and skills including experience of working with local authorities, ecological surveys, and practical site management skills.

 Duties will include:

  • Providing ecological advice in relation to development proposals, negotiating with developers and defending planning decisions at appeals and public enquiries.
  • Practical species and habitat surveys skills.
  • Providing specialist advice in relation to implementing and enforcing the Council’s responsibilities for protected species and habitats.
  • Management of the councils District Licence for Great Crested Newts, ensuring compliance with statutory responsibilities under the terms of the licence
  • Overseeing the management of the council’s Countryside Sites, including one SSSI and two Local Nature Reserves.
  • Maintain and develop effective working relationships with environmental organisations and key stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of corporate policies, guidance and procedures such as, Supplementary Planning Documents and Green Infrastructure Strategy.
  • Line managing the Countryside Officer

 If you have a positive team working approach and are keen to work alongside a range of in-house disciplines this is an excellent opportunity to develop your skills. 

For more information and an informal discussion please contact Dominic Lamb (Specialists Team Leader) on 07801 203590 or via dominic.lamb@southandvale.gov.uk 

Application Closing Date: Friday 5th July 2019

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