Ecology Officer

Buckinghamshire Council

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
£36,984 - £38,881 pa

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: Buc00514

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Tuesday, 11th August 2020   1 day left


Do you want to develop your career in Ecology in one of the most beautiful counties in Britain, boasting a wealth of wildlife? If so, then Buckinghamshire Council has an exciting opportunity for an Ecology Officer to join our Environment Team within the Planning and Environment department.

About us

The Environment Team is a busy, professional and friendly team made up of qualified Ecologists, Archaeologists and Heritage Officers. Together we work to protect, promote and manage the unique natural and historic environment of Buckinghamshire. We maintain the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Environmental Record Centre (BMERC) and Historic Environment Record (HER); providing access to the most up to date environmental data across the whole County. Buckinghamshire is currently experiencing a huge amount of growth. Working with us will give you the chance to work on major infrastructure projects as well as large and small-scale developments. You will also engage in partnership work with some of the key environmental stakeholders in the region. Come and join our fantastic team while developing your professional career at the same time.

About the role

As a member of the Environment Team you will provide ecological advice relating to the management, protection and enhancement of important habitats and species within the County, with a particular focus on the Chiltern and South Bucks area.

You will provide authoritative ecological advice, guidance and support to colleagues, customers and stakeholders. You will respond to planning consultations from the planning teams and you may need to represent the authority at planning appeals. You will also have a strategic role in helping the development of local plans and advising on Neighbourhood and Parish Plans, green infrastructure, biodiversity accounting, and other County-wide policies.

You will report to the Environment Team Leader, provide expert advice on the impact of major and minor development projects, and recommend appropriate mitigation and compensation measures. You will work on projects in partnership with other biodiversity groups and have the opportunity to engage with outreach activities led my other members of the wider Environment Team.

We recognise that training is an essential part of any technical role and pride ourselves on offering excellent training opportunities and Continuing Professional Development.

About you

  • The successful candidate will have experience of ecological planning advice or consultancy.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the terrestrial ecology, habitats and species of lowland England.
  • Knowledge of legislation and policy and guidance relating to habitats and species.
  • You will be qualified to degree level in natural or environmental Science or equivalent.
  • Good Project Management experience and the ability to implement change are desirable. 

Other information

This role will close at midnight the 11th August 2020.
Interview date will be week commencing 24th August 2020 

Our values

We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are – Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.

By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect

  • a fair and inclusive culture
  • the chance to really make a difference to those around you
  • health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
  • a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
  • ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
  • opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events

About the Business Unit

Our Planning, Growth and Sustainability directorate work with partners to help shape the future of Buckinghamshire. We deliver services on planning, economic growth, regeneration, strategic infrastructure, transport and property.

Our key priorities include developing the economic narrative for Bucks, creating more jobs and delivering the right infrastructure to help businesses and residents thrive. We also aim to provide a proactive planning service that is responsive, whilst making the best use of the Council’s land and property portfolio. This will in turn support community services and create housing, jobs, regeneration and income to support public services.

It’s a great time to join one of our teams. As part of the Planning, Growth and Sustainability function you will not only get to help shape the economic future of Buckinghamshire; you’ll also be involved in delivering high-profile development projects and work on some of the biggest infrastructure projects in the UK. You will support us to deliver the results that our local residents and businesses deserve.

We recognise and reward you

Hard work and success deserves recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafes, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.

For further details and to apply, please click here.


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