Apprentice Ecologist (Herefordshire Council)

Located at the heart of the Marches, the historic border countryside where England meets Wales, Herefordshire is one of the most rural counties in England.  Beautiful, unspoilt countryside, two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, historic parklands, the cathedral city of Hereford and attractive market towns, provide an excellent quality of life.

In 2020 Herefordshire Council declared an ecological emergency and committed to minimising its impact on the environment. This has providing an exciting opportunity for the natural environment team to lead the way in developing a nature strategy and natural evidence base as a foundation upon which to grow the counties natural capital.

Through its work to improve water quality within our rivers the council has, in the last two years, progressed a number of pioneering initiatives which include a phosphate calculator and a series of integrated wetlands to remove excess nutrients from point source pollution. The council is now seeking to address the more complex matter of diffuse pollution in partnership with stakeholders.

As a consequence this is an exciting time to join a growing ecology team and to be part of a wider Built and Natural Environment Service that comprises specialisms including Arboriculture, Landscape Architecture, Archaeology and Building Conservation, as well as housing the Biological Record Centre.

As an apprentice ecologist you will be well supported by a principal and 3 senior ecologists and a graduate.

Your main duties will include:

  • To provide technical expertise under supervision to the planning service.
  • To assist the team with the delivery of council led projects on biodiversity and water quality.
  • To support the principal and senior ecologists with undertaking Habitat Regulations Assessment.
  • To respond to customer queries in accordance with service standards.
  • To assist with Hedgerow Regulations and Tree Preservation Orders.
  • To undertake site visits and survey work.

We welcome applicants whatever their personal characteristics or social identity. All requests for flexible working arrangements and reasonable adjustments will be considered.

The following candidates will be interviewed if they meet the essential criteria for the post they are applying for:

  • Those who indicate that they have a disability. This is part of our commitment to the “Disability Confident” scheme;
  • Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are an Armed Forces Veteran or Reservist. This is part of our pledge to support the Armed Forces Covenant; and
  • Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are a Herefordshire care leaver. This is part of our commitment to supporting young people leaving our care.

Benefits with Herefordshire Council:

Holidays: 25 days per year, rising to 30 after 5 years’ service.

Pension: LGS pension scheme.

Professional membership fees of a relevant institution will also be funded for this role. Assistance will be given to achieve full membership of relevant professional bodies such as CIEEM.

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for more details of this role.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact; Liz Duberley Tel: 01432 260788

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you would like to obtain details regarding feedback on your application please contact Hoople Resourcing at: enquiries@hoopleresourcing.co.uk