Salary range: £41,466 – £44,373 per annum
Work location: Hammersmith Town Hall, London W6 9JU
Hours per week: 36
Contract type: Permanent
Closing date: 25 September 2020
Interview date: 2 October 2020
Contact details for informal discussion: Hinesh Mehta, Strategic Lead at HINESH.MEHTA@LBHF.GOV.UK or on 07960470125
Hammersmith and Fulham Council declared a climate and ecological emergency in summer 2019 and have set an ambitious net zero carbon emissions by 2030 target. The Climate and Ecological Emergency Unit require an Ecology Officer to provide high-level support and advice to the Leader of the Council, Cabinet Member for Environment, Senior staff, partners and stakeholders on the Council’s approach to the ecological emergency in the context of addressing the climate and ecological emergency.
The Council declared this alongside the climate emergency, acknowledging the loss of biodiversity, habitats and natural capital in the context of addressing the climate and ecological emergency. The Ecology Officer will develop the Council’s strategies, policies and actions to recover biodiversity, improve natural capital and work with colleagues to increase green and blue infrastructure to tackle the climate and ecological emergency and help to achieve the Council’s net zero carbon emissions for the borough by 2030.
The postholder will create the plans, policies and projects to manage, protect and enhance biodiversity, species and habitats with reference to local, regional, national and international legislation and strategies on ecology, biodiversity and natural capital. This role requires strong collaboration and partnerships with community stakeholders to further the delivery of the Council priority of addressing the climate and ecological emergency and build capacity within communities.
The successful applicant must understand, communicate and plan the actions needed to move forward on biodiversity loss and recovery, habitat renewal and other ecological initiatives. Working with partners including academic institutions, consultancies and organisations to develop and implement innovative policies and solutions on ecology and biodiversity is essential.
Develop the Council’s strategies, policies and actions to recover biodiversity, improve natural capital and work with colleagues to increase green and blue infrastructure to tackle the climate and ecological emergency and help to achieve the Council’s net zero carbon emissions for the borough by 2030.
Develop projects and programmes required to deliver the strategy and actions with financial and budgetary oversight, procurement, contract management, contractor or consultant management.
Additionally, the role requires building expertise and awareness of the ecological emergency and capability of ecology, biodiversity and natural capital within the wider Council.
Provide high-level support and advice to the Leader of the Council, Cabinet Member for Environment, Senior staff, partners and stakeholders on the Council’s approach to the ecological emergency.
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How we act defines who we are. At the heart of our organisation is a common approach to defining ‘who we are’. We are looking for people who can build this into everything they do.
We are fair
We treat everyone with compassion, dignity and fairness. We value the views and opinion of others, and promote benefits and opportunities for all.
We are caring
We care about our borough and doing things well. We focus on standards and continuous improvement; learning from our mistakes and celebrating success.
We are collaborators
We work together for a better society. We work with our residents, businesses, schools, third sector and others for better outcomes for everyone.
We are driven
We will only settle for the very best. We seek to continually improve and put our residents, customers and businesses at the heart of everything we do.
Recruiting for Attitude:
Your skills and ability are important however, we recruit as much for attitude as we do experience. We are looking for people who have the following attributes:
The ability to work within a complex system and find simple solutions and outcomes that deliver real change.
The ability to challenge the norms through evidence-based approaches using both numerical and critical reasoning and thinking. You can rationalise decision-making and form views quickly and soundly from a range of sources.
You take approaches that demonstrate how doing things differently and creatively changes the dynamic in situations. You can apply creative solutions that deliver hard outcomes.
You can get the best out of people. You have a coaching-style and drive through a commitment to personal and professional development. You are clear in your expectations and have exception feedback from your team about their working environment. You recognise and support people as individuals.
Coordinating with others
You have the knack of working well with others. You have an appreciation of your own presence and approach and can demonstrate how you have developed and continue to develop how you work with others. You will also can recognise how others work, think, and feel to get the most out of collaboration.
You have a high degree of self-awareness and self-regulation in a wide range of situations from one-to-one conversations to team and group dynamics. You can recognise motiving factors and demonstrate empathy appropriately applying a wide range of adaptive social skills.
Judgement and decision making
You can take rational and evidence-based decisions and take responsibility for your decisions and actions. Where there is ambiguity or a lack of evidence you can demonstrate the ability to understand the environment and show flexibility in applying your judgement.
You can demonstrate an understanding of the range of skills and techniques required to successfully negotiate with a range of other partners. This includes understanding how to structure and undertake successful negotiation on an organisational-wide level.
You must be unequivocal in your commitment and drive for outstanding service delivery. Both in terms of the quality of products and work delivered as well as the achievement of objectives. You and your team can demonstrate how your overall contribution to the organisation and service delivers to our organisational aims and objectives.
The ability to recognise the environment in which you work and adapt and shift to this environment to maximise your own personal achievement and lead others in the same approach. Applying cognitive flexibility to situation of significant change and transformation.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.
Corporate Equalities Employment Policy: In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies.
We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.