The Service & Team:

Cornwall Council has an exciting role available for a qualified Ecologist to join a multidisciplinary environment team to provide specialist advice to the environment and planning services. The primary requirements of the role are to be the point of contact for professional ecological advice and guidance for the Council’s planning teams, capital projects and estate management.

You will be the point of contact for ecological advice on strategic planning and corporate policy documents and contribute to their preparation, advising on Biodiversity Net Gain. You will represent the Council at meetings with local and national organisations and partnerships and to promote the Council’s biodiversity commitments and policies.

Please view the role profile, your application will need to demonstrate how you meet the required criteria. Please ensure you answer all of the pre-screening questions in full, within the application form.

Cornwall Council is committed to safeguarding and is an equal opportunities employer.

Fairness and inclusion are at the heart of our vision for Cornwall. In order to best serve our communities, we are striving to achieve a diverse workforce that is inclusive of all backgrounds, cultures and identities; e.g. race, disability, sex, gender, age, religion and sexual orientation. We are an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer, and we will assess applicants on their merits.

Cornwall Council is committed to safeguarding and following safer recruitment principles to help make sure our staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children, young people and adults at risk. It’s a vital part of creating a safe and positive environment and making a commitment to keeping all service users safe from harm.

Whilst the location/work-base for this role has been specified our evolving ways of working means that the role may require you to also work remotely (e.g. from home/other locations). We will discuss this with you during the recruitment process.

We are open to discussion about flexible working.

For more information about this vacancy, or for an informal conversation, please e-mail Belinda Edwards belinda.edwards@cornwall.gov.uk or Jon Mitchell – jon.mitchell@cornwall.gov.uk.

The Role:

To post holder will work alongside the existing ecologist to provide expert professional and technical advice within a specialist work area, to supplement the ecological advisory service to the Council, ensuring nature, conservation, biodiversity and biodiversity net gain are fully considered throughout the Councils work.

You will be the authority’s joint expert on all matters relating to ecology, biodiversity and biodiversity net gain, providing ecological responses to planning consultations and strategic ecological advice.

You will promote, protect and manage the wider environment for biodiversity and climate change adaptation.

This is a public/customer-facing role, where the statutory English language requirement for public sector workers applies.

What you’ll need to succeed:

Degree in Ecology or a closely related environment field.

Eligible for Membership of CIEEM or similar professional institute.

Please read the role profile for the full details of this role attached below in this advert

What you’ll get in return:

Cornwall Council’s ambition is to be an employer of choice, a high performing Council and a learning organisation. We commit to providing a reward and benefits package to attract, motivate and reward our employees. We offer a range of flexible working options to our staff. This helps provide our employees with a greater work/life balance. Whilst still ensuring that service needs are met.

Our core employee rewards and benefits include:

  • a competitive salary.
  • a defined benefit pension scheme, based on your career average earnings. This includes the option for extra voluntary contributions
  • a generous annual leave entitlement with the potential to purchase additional leave.
  • A national award-winning employee health and wellbeing programme
  • Employee benefits scheme giving employees access to a wide range of discounts to local and national goods and services.

Additional Information:

The full role profile is attached here.

Application Process

Please attach a supporting statement to your application, you can add your Education & Qualifications details manually using the application form timeline or you can upload your CV. Remember to demonstrate why you are suitable against each of the points marked as ‘Application’ on the Role Profile using examples from your experience or transferable skills. This might be through qualifications or descriptive examples from your work / personal experience, which clearly illustrates what you did and the effect it had. Guidance on how to complete your application can be found here – The application process.

Please note that applications cannot be edited after they have been submitted, please contact careers@cornwall.gov.uk if you have any queries or require assistance with your application.