We are looking for an Ecologist with expertise in bat ecology, to join our team to assist with reactive and planned inspections of trees on our highway network and to play a key role in managing tree safety and Ash Dieback in Lancashire.

Salary £29,577-£33,782 per annum | Permanent, Full Time, 37 hours per week | Landscape Unit

Along with approximately 7000km of highway, the County Council also manages a large property portfolio including nearly 400 schools. Managing our trees so that we minimise risks to people and property is a big challenge, one which will enable you to deploy your skills and knowledge in a wide range of situations. You will be expected to work closely with contractors, property managers and other team members, including tree and arboriculture officers, providing advice in accordance with legislation, policies and best practice guidelines, and delivering a high quality, value for money service.

This role is primarily focussed on ecology, legislation and licensing relating to protected species and their habitat, in particular bats.  As well as a broad understanding of ecology and associated legislation and policy, you must possess a bat survey licence. Tree climbing qualifications would also be desirable.

If you have a relevant background in ecology, excellent communication skills and a customer focused approach to service delivery we would be delighted to hear from you.  For an informal discussion about this role, please contact John Jones on 01772 534171.

Please ensure you have uploaded and attached your supporting statement to evidence how you meet the criteria for the role. The panel may be unable to shortlist you for interview without this evidence.

You will be required to provide a car for use in connection with the duties of this post and must be insured for business use. However, we may consider you if you cannot drive because of a disability.

In return Lancashire County Council offers a range of benefits, found on our website here

We do not hold a sponsorship licence and can only consider applications from candidates who are legally entitled to work in the UK. If you do not have the right to work in the UK, your application will not progress.

We reserve the right to close down a vacancy early, before the closing date, if we receive sufficient applications.

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