Assistant Ecologist / Ecologist (East Suffolk Council)

East Suffolk Council – Lowestoft NR33 0EQ or Woodbridge IP12 1RT

Assistant Ecologist / Ecologist

£27,344 – £38,296 per annum

37 hours per week

Permanent

Reference: 12188

We have a new opportunity to join our Ecology team within the Planning and Coastal Management Service. The role sits alongside other ecologists as part of our growing Specialist Services team and works alongside other specialists including our Landscape and Arboricultural team and Design and Conservation team.

East Suffolk supports a diverse range of habitats and species, including sites of national and international nature conservation importance and a wide range of rare and protected species. There are ambitious plans for growth coming forward, including through the Council’s two Local Plans, a number of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, and securing Biodiversity Net Gain through development, and this post has an important role to play in helping protect and enhance these valuable features.

Assistant Ecologist (£27,344 – £30,151 per annum)

At Assistant Ecologist level, you will support the existing Ecologist and Principal Ecologist in the provision of ecological advice, including advising on the determination of planning applications and supporting the preparation of planning policy documents.

A key role will be to support the implementation of mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) through the planning system, including supporting determining applications and supporting the production of future guidance and strategies for the implementation of BNG.

Experience is not necessary for entry at Assistant Ecologist level, as this role provides a unique opportunity to gain experience and progress to the Ecologist position.

Ecologist (£31,099 – £38,296 per annum)

With the right experience, you will work with the existing Ecologist and Principal Ecologist to provide ecological advice to protect and promote the natural assets of East Suffolk. You will advise on the determination of planning applications, undertake Habitats Regulations Assessments and be involved with the preparation of planning policy documents.

A key role will be to support the implementation of mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) through the planning system, including supporting determining applications and supporting the production of future guidance and strategies for the implementation of BNG.

If you think you have what it takes to be successful in either of these roles, even if you don’t meet all of the essential requirements, we want to hear from you and look forward to having the opportunity to consider your application.

Why work for us?

Here are some of the main benefits:

  • Generous leave entitlement (equivalent to 25 days a year, increasing to 31 days after 5 years’ service, plus bank holidays)
  • Local government pension scheme
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • A wide variety of staff support networks including access to health and wellbeing initiatives and programmes.
  • Discounts on mobile phones, computers, holiday and travel, fashion and clothing, health and beauty and many other products and services.

Find more information about what we offer in our benefits brochure (pdf).

The majority of our teams are working in an agile way, with a mixture of home and office working, depending on individual preferences and service requirements. If you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements if you were the successful candidate, please contact the recruiting manager listed at the bottom of this advert. 

For more information

For an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact James Meyer, Principal Ecologist, on 01394 444595 or email james.meyer@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

How to apply

For more information, check out the How to Apply section of our Career Site: https://www.suffolkjobsdirect.org/#en/sites/CX_1004/requisitions/preview/12188

Closing date: 1pm, 9 October 2023.

Interview date: w/c 16 October 2023.