Technical Officer

NatureSpace Partnership

Home Based across England
£24,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract +447722942709 Sarah Garratt

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Friday, 21st June 2019   4 days left

This is an exciting opportunity for an early-career graduate to work on a ground-breaking project, working to deliver a step-change in the conservation of great crested newts.

This role would suit an early-career graduate looking to join a small, friendly company that is working with planning authorities and NGOs to deliver better conservation outcomes. The postholder will be use GIS to analyse impacts of development on great crested newts, following defined processes and protocols. Attention to detail and a meticulous approach to assessments, report writing, and recording, as well as the ability to work within strict deadlines, are paramount for this post. Training and guidance will be provided, and day-to-day support will be available for all aspects of the work.

Employment & location:

NatureSpace Partnership is a small, growing company. The successful candidate will be joining a friendly, close-working team of home-workers. The post holder will have responsibility for managing their own workload and working independently, as part of a dispersed national team. The post requires high levels of motivation and high standards of self-management (time recording etc. will be required). This post will be mainly desk based but with some site visits and travelling to meetings required.

Post duration:

At present the post is offered on a fixed term contract for 1 year but with the expectation of renewal.


The closing date for applications is 21st June 2019.

You will be notified by 28th June if you have been selected for interview.

Interviews will be held on 8th July in Central London.

How to apply:

Send your CV and a covering letter to before 5pm on Friday 21st June 2019.

Main duties:

  1. To undertake technical assessments, prepare reports and manage and record casework in line with the deadlines, standards and critical requirements of the district licensing scheme.
  2. To assist with further technical work for the company where required, for example, mapping work for publications, presentations and the website.
  3. To liaise in a professional, confident and knowledgeable manner with a clients, colleagues and stakeholders.
  4. Other duties and functions as required to implement the District Licensing scheme.

The successful candidate will have:

  1. A relevant degree (e.g. in ecology, environmental management, environmental geography)
  2. Knowledge and understanding of ecological impact assessment and/or biodiversity in planning
  3. A genuine enthusiasm for ecology and conservation in the UK

Essential skills:

  1. An excellent communicator with good inter-personal skills - able to liaise proactively and confidently with clients, consultants (e.g. ecologists, planners), planning and other regulatory authorities, NGO partners and colleagues
  2. A detail-focussed analyst, able to deliver critical analysis of projects using knowledge of great crested newt (GCN) ecology and impact assessment
  3. Understanding of European Protected Species legislation and licensing requirements in England
  4. Highly literate, able to prepare documents quickly and diligently to a high standard, following defined processes, protocols and guidance.
  5. Excellent I.T. skills
  6. Competence in using GIS software, preferably ArcGIS or QGIS
  7. Organised, methodical and conscientious - able to juggle and prioritise multiple cases, enquiries and tasks, and work efficiently to meet tight deadlines
  8. Self-motivated and independent - able to work flexibly and with minimal supervision, as part of a small dispersed team
  9. Willingness and ability to travel as necessary

Desirable skills:

  1. Practical experience with GCN – preferably first-hand field experience of surveying, GCN mitigation methods and compensation projects
  2. Knowledge and experience of the local planning system
  3. Full driving licence and access to a car for business travel
  4. Marketing experience
  5. Website administration experience 

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