Buckinghamshire County Council has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Ecology Officer to join our Environment Team within the Transport Economy Environment department.
The Environment Team is a busy, professional and friendly team made up of qualified Ecologists and Archaeologists. 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 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 (such as Hs2, Heathrow Extension and East-West Rail) as well as large and small-scale developments, and engage in partnership work with some of the key environmental stakeholders in the region. Come and join our fantastic team.
About the role
As a key 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.
You will provide authoritative ecological advice, guidance and support to colleagues, customers and stakeholders. You will respond to planning consultations from the County Council, South Buckinghamshire and Chilterns Districts, and you will represent the authorities 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 and provide expert advice on the impact of major infrastructure 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.
Please see the attached job summary for further details about our role.
The successful candidate will have experience of ecological planning advice or consultancy in a senior role.
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.
Please see the job summary for more information
Closing date: 19th August
Interviews expected to take place on Thursday 30th August 2018.
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