Ecologist & Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) Officer (Central Bedfordshire Council)

Team: PND – Technical Team

Job Family: Enabling CBG10 – 11 – (Depending on experience)

Salary: £34,067 – £39,707 per annum pro rata

Hours: 37 hours a week

Location: Working from home and any CBC offices, including Priory House, Shefford. You will be expected to attend a CBC office location on a monthly basis, and as needed to carry out your role

Contract Type: Hybrid – Permenant

Closing Date: 8th October 2023

Interview Date: From Wednesday 11th October 2023

More about the role 

With the Environment Act coming into force, we need an enthusiastic and skilled Ecologist to help us deliver growth and support the delivery of Biodiversity Net Gain across Central Bedfordshire.

The Council has an ambitious agenda with significant growth planned over the next 20 years for up to 39,000 homes and 24,000 jobs.  You will be part of our multi-disciplinary Technical Skills Team within Strategic Growth, where you will promote our rich biodiversity and help the Council meet its vision for the area.  You will also be supporting the delivery of a Biodiversity Net Gain across Central Bedfordshire, complementing your role as Ecologist. You will work closely with our Planning Policy and Planning Delivery Teams, providing specialist advice in relation to planning applications at all levels, including minerals and waste applications, and inputting into strategic plan making through the review of the local plan and supporting guidance documents.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated skilled ecologist, with a degree (or equivalent) in Ecology or similar, and preferable membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) at Associate level or above to work in our busy and exciting team.  You will have a proven record of working in the planning environment and giving advice in a local authority context.

Driving Licence is essential to the role.

You will be expected to demonstrate how you meet the key accountabilities and competencies detailed within this  Ecologist &BNG Officer Recruitment Pack

If you would like an informal discussion or more information about these opportunities, please contact: Siobhan Vincent, Technical Skills Team Leader, at or on 0300 300 4346 

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