Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils

Ipswich, Suffolk
£30,095 - £35,336 pa

Paid • Full or Part Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Tuesday, 17th May 2022   Closes today

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, Ipswich IP1 2BX

£30,095 - £35,336 per annum
37 hours per week
Closing date: 1pm, 17 May 2022
Reference: BMS00536
Full Time, part time and job share opportunities will be considered.

We are looking for an Ecologist to join our team in Planning and Building Control.

The successful candidate will work across our Planning and Public Realm teams and will be someone who shares our values, commitment and motivation to make a real difference for our districts.

About The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join our teams working across different areas of the Council and with our communities who are passionate about protecting, improving and making a real difference to their environment.

You will take responsibility for:

  • protecting and promoting the rich natural assets, wildlife and habitats
  • biodiversity enhancements within our districts
  • expert ecological advice to the Planning Service
  • providing guidance on Ecology matters to the Councils as a site promoter
  • the preparation of Habitats Regulations Assessments.

You will carry out site visits, produce briefs for assessments, studies and mitigation works necessitated by required planning conditions, and approve specifications for ecological work submitted by developers.

You will need:

  • to have a relevant degree (or equivalent) qualification
  • a working knowledge of wildlife and the relevant legislation and policy to protect and enhance it
  • an understanding of both strategic planning and development management elements of the town and country planning system
  • experience of providing ecological advice within the strategic planning and development management systems
  • a full UK driver’s licence is required and this post is eligible for an essential car user allowance.

About Us

Working together across our Councils and with our partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors, we provide excellent services to our 190,000 residents across Babergh and Mid Suffolk.

We are proud of the role we play in creating the environment, economy, and communities for our districts. We believe that the heart of Suffolk is an incredibly special place to live and work. With picturesque market towns, 60 conservation areas and with two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) within our districts, it is little wonder that we are consistently within the top 50 places to live in the UK.

Benefits of working with us:

  • Great opportunities for learning and development.
  • Suffolk Coaching and Mentoring Partnership.
  • Generous leave entitlement (equivalent to 25 days a year, increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service, plus bank holidays).
  • Competitive Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • Wellbeing Support Program.
  • Employee Assist Program.
  • Health Care Options.

Click Employee Benefits for further information.

Our ways of working

Work is what we do, not where we go! We are committed to working in a more Hybrid way, with a mix of office, home, and remote based working. (Business needs permitting) This has worked well for us and is something we will be continuing with.

We are committed to supporting equality and diversity, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils provide opportunity and ambition for all, supporting and enabling our people to deliver the best possible service for our residents.

To find out more

If you wish to discuss the Hybrid working approach for this role, or for an informal discussion, please call David Clarke, Service Improvement Advisor (Sustainable Communities) on 07799 515774 or email [email protected]

How to apply

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