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Ecologist (Planning)

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Town/City Neath, SA11 2GG
Salary Additional Information £30,984 -£34,373 Fixed Term Post (3-Years) (potential to extend if funding secured)
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 30/08/2022
Company Name Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
Contact Name
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Are you an Ecologist? Are you keen to see positive action taken in for nature?  If you answered yes, then why not join our team?  

We are currently looking for a motivated Ecologist to join our team.

You will be responsible for providing ecological advice to inform the development planning process and Council projects, encouraging nature recovery and a positive response to the nature emergency.

The main duties of the post will be to:

  • Provide ecological advice, particularly in relation to the planning and drainage approval processes.
  • Delivery of biodiversity initiatives and projects.
  • Support the team provide an in-house ecological consultancy service, taking the ecological lead on delivery of services for specific project and developments.

You will have experience of:

  • providing ecological advice for planning applications or developments
  • advising and working with planning applicants, developers, contractors or other clients
  • undertaking ecological surveys

The ability to travel throughout the County Borough area and undertake survey work on remote sites with rough terrain will be necessary on occasion.  We operate hybrid and flexible working, including remote working from home.

Ideally you will have a degree or equivalent in ecology or relevant specialist field.

The Countryside and Wildlife Team is a multi-disciplinary team, dealing with countryside access, biodiversity conservation, project delivery and provision of ecological advice.  We are well respected in the sector, we have a reputation of supporting and encouraging career and personal development and valuing our staff.   We are often at the forefront of positive project delivery in Wales and we have a voice in strategic, regional and national level discussions.  We strive to take or promote positive action for nature in Neath Port Talbot, Wales and beyond.

We are also key to the delivery of the Council’s Corporate vision: Our local environment, culture and heritage can be enjoyed by future generations.  With the environment, climate change and nature increasingly being recognised as important to people’s daily lives as well as their futures, it has never been so urgent and important for the Council to have the right people in place to deliver action. So, if you think that you have the necessary experience and qualifications for this role, we would love to hear from you.

Secondment and job share considered.

Applications may be submitted in Welsh, applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates who have a disability and armed forces veterans.

At Team NPT, we all work together to serve the people, communities and businesses of Neath Port Talbot.

We are committed to providing training opportunities and the professional development of all our employees.

We look forward to welcoming you to Team NPT.


  • 24 days’ holiday entitlement, rising to 31 after 5 years’ service
  • 8 bank holidays plus one extra statutory day
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Cycle to Work Salary Sacrifice Scheme
  • Relocation Scheme (subject to conditions)
  • Hybrid Working (for some roles)
  • See our Reasons to work for NPT document in the attachments

For an informal discussion, please contact Laura Palmer at l.palmer@npt.gov.uk or 07875 341932 or Rebecca Sharp at r.sharp@npt.gov.uk or 07971547839.

To apply, please visit our website.

Closing date: noon on 30 August 2022.

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