Ecologist (Lancashire County Council)

We are looking for an Ecologist with expertise in bat ecology, to join our team to assist with reactive and planned inspections of trees on our highway network and to play a key role in managing tree safety and Ash Dieback in Lancashire.

Along with approximately 7000km of highway, the County Council also manages a large property portfolio including nearly 400 schools. Managing our trees so that we minimise risks to people and property is a big challenge, one which will enable you to deploy your skills and knowledge in a wide range of situations. You will be expected to work closely with contractors, property managers and other team members, including tree and arboriculture officers, providing advice in accordance with legislation, policies and best practice guidelines, and delivering a high quality, value for money service.

This role is primarily focussed on ecology, legislation and licensing relating to protected species and their habitat, in particular bats.  As well as a broad understanding of ecology and associated legislation and policy, you must possess a bat survey licence. Tree climbing qualifications would also be desirable.

If you have a relevant background in ecology, excellent communication skills and a customer focused approach to service delivery we would be delighted to hear from you.  For an informal discussion about this role, please contact John Jones on 01772 534171.

We offer an attractive benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave allocation (25 days rising to 31 days after five years’ service plus eight bank holidays and two extra statutory days)
  • Annual leave buy back scheme
  • Local Government Pension scheme
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Childcare vouchers (salary sacrifice)
  • Flexible working opportunities and relocation expenses (where appropriate

Further details of the role can be downloaded from the recruitment website at:

https://jobs.lancashire.gov.uk/in/jobs/ecologist-12183