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Specialist - Ecologist

Salary: Grade 7 From £35,745 up to £39,880

Job Type: Fixed term

Hours 37

Closing Date:

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We have an exciting opportunity for a Specialist - Ecologist to join us. Apply now and become a valued member of the Service Delivery team, helping South Somerset to be a place where businesses flourish, communities are safe, vibrant and healthy and residents enjoy good housing and cultural, leisure and sporting activities.

Fixed term for 12 months 

What you can expect from us… 

  • We will help you develop your career by providing development and support whatever your level of experience
  • An opportunity to be part of ‘one team’ coming together to develop even better ways of working
  • A flexible approach to working arrangements to help you achieve a greater work/life balance
  • A generous annual leave entitlement and the ability to purchase further leave
  • A significant employer contribution towards your LPGS defined benefit scheme pension pot
  • 20% gym membership discount across LED sites 

What we’re looking for… 

This is an interesting opportunity for a Planning Ecology Officer to join a very busy local authority in South Somerset for a 12 month contract. 

You will join our Development Management team and take responsibility for providing expert ecological advice on planning applications and appeals with respect to protected and priority species and habitats, designated wildlife sites and biodiversity enhancements. You will be required to carry out site visits to assess suitability of ecological assessments submitted with planning applications and liaise and negotiate with planners, agents, applicants and members of the public over biodiversity issues. 

As well as providing advice on planning applications you will also support your Planning Policy colleagues by drawing together the biodiversity evidence base for Sustainability Appraisals. 

Strong communication skills are essential as you will act as a point of contact for all matters requiring ecological advice. On a daily basis you will be dealing with senior managers, a wide range of stakeholders and the general public, explaining complex and new approaches to ecology within development management and policy development. 

The successful candidate must have a relevant degree or equivalent in ecology or a related environmental discipline and have a minimum of 3 years experience working in a similar role with a UK Local Authority. You will need to be confident in dealing with external contacts, in particular representatives from developers working in the District. 

This will be a home based role though you will be required to attend site visits on occasion.  For more information please get in touch.

If you would like to discuss this post before applying please contact Barry James, Interim Planning Lead, 01935 462463

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