We are looking for an Ecologist to join our Taunton based Ecology Team on a full time, permanent basis. This role is career graded with opportunities starting from £22,183 per annum depending on experience and qualifications with a maximum salary of £34,728 per annum.

Somerset County Council is an exciting and vibrant place to work. The county has a diverse landscape with a mixture of rural and urban areas, including 4 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 124 Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Somerset Ecology Services (part of Somerset County Council) deliver the ecology services for the County and (through agreement) District Councils.  We are in a great position working alongside the planning teams, to help shape local growth, create great places and protect and enhance the natural environment, by way of our statutory responsibility and a genuine commitment to achieving the best for the people of Somerset.  Somerset is a great place to develop a career with the unique landscapes and vast range of biodiversity that we have here.

Here’s what you can expect to be doing
We have some fantastic opportunities here at Somerset County Council, primarily for a Senior Ecologist, however we are open to the opportunity that a career graded post could offer someone with less experience, but who is enthusiastic and keen to develop.  You will report to the County Ecologist, who leads the Somerset Ecology Service, a small team who deliver the statutory obligations of the County Council.  A successful and relevant track record is necessary for this post, however, we are also keen to hear from other qualified ecologists, who would like to broaden their experience – please get in touch to discuss.

A few things about you
We are looking for people who are passionate about making a positive difference to the Somerset landscape and have a desire to improve the built and natural environment. As a qualified ecologist and member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) , you will need be committed to working as part of the Somerset Ecology Service, delivering the high-quality service that has been established and keen to help other officers reach their full potential.

If you feel you are an outstanding individual that thinks they could rise to any of the challenges outlined in the above – then we would love to hear from you