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Principal Ecologist

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Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location England (South West) - UK
Salary Additional Information from £38,296 per annum
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Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 27/09/2023
Company Name North Somerset Council
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  • Principal Ecologist
  • Ref: PLPE0239
  • Starting salary: from £38,296 per annum
  • Location: Based in Castlewood, Clevedon
  • Contract: Permanent – Full Time

About the role

It’s a great time to join North Somerset Council as our lead Ecologist. This role has a pay range from £38,296-£43,516 depending on skills and experience.

North Somerset has a landscape of huge nature conservation value, with a significant number of designated sites including: 4 Special Areas of Conservation, 56 Sites of Special Scientific Interest, 2 National Nature Reserves, 13 Local Nature Reserves, the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 204 Local Wildlife Sites.

Our vision is to be a greener Council and to demonstrate this we have declared an ecological emergency, started to improve biodiversity in our parks and open spaces, and published our first Green Infrastructure Strategy. There are lots of exciting areas to be involved in and to have a positive impact on how we manage ecology across North Somerset.

The role sits within the Natural Environment Team and primarily involves prioritising responses to planning applications, compiling reports, and providing planning advice and advising colleagues on the Council’s major projects.

Our passionate and newly restructured team will be delivering actions from our ambitious Green Infrastructure Strategy across North Somerset, through services such as ecology and landscape, parks and open spaces, rights of way, trees, sustainable wetlands, and flood management.

You will have a wide variety of opportunities including: leading on advice for the emerging Local Plan including developing supplementary planning guidance, helping introduce and deliver Biodiversity Net Gain, collaboration on nature recovery networks, wetland restoration, engaging with colleagues and partners across the West of England and being part of a wide-ranging project to better understand and protect our greater horseshoe bats and create strategic mitigation habitat.

A local authority post also has the benefits of a generous pension scheme and holiday allowance, agile and flexible working conditions including hybrid working, an Employee Assistance Programme for staff health and wellbeing and access to schemes such as salary sacrifice. We also offer a relocation package.

About you

We are seeking an experienced bat ecologist, with one or more European protected species licences, an understanding of UK wildlife legislation and CIEEM membership. You will need to demonstrate an understanding of ecological planning issues and will lead a team to respond to planning applications, including complex cases. You should have an excellent knowledge of the wildlife of the area and exemplary teamwork and communication skills, both written and verbal, including IT literacy. You will have experience in a similar role and hold a relevant qualification to level 6 or above or have equivalent experience to give an in-depth level of knowledge necessary to undertake the most complex work especially in Development Management.

Valid driving licence and own transport, or be able to provide alternative, suitable method of travel is an essential condition for this role.

Want to know more and apply?

For an informal discussion, please contact Esther Coffin-Smith, Natural Environment Manager on 07385 039453.

North Somerset Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sections of our community regardless of age, disability, sex, race, religion, belief, or sexual orientation. North Somerset Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

North Somerset Council – Open, Fairer, Greener.

Closing date: 27 September 2023.

Anticipated interview date: 4 October 2023.

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