Ecology Officer (East Sussex County Council)

We are seeking a highly motivated Ecology Officer to join our Environment team. The post will provide ecology advice to the County Council and other local planning authorities in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove, helping to ensure the protection and enhancement of biodiversity through the planning process.

The role will also assist the County Ecologist in delivering new duties placed on the County Council through the Environment Act, including delivering biodiversity net gain in new developments and assisting with production of a Local Nature Recovery Strategy.

You will need experience of working and advising on the impacts of planning on the natural environment, including experience of securing positive ecological outcomes from development, a good understanding of biodiversity net gain, good communication skills and a passion for protecting and promoting the County’s rich biodiversity.

Please submit your application via the ‘Apply Now’ button detailing how you meet the essential criteria as detailed in the Job Description for this post. Interviews will take place in-person at County Hall in Lewes on Monday, 9 October 2023.  Arrangements can be made for an MS Teams virtual interview, on request.

We offer a diverse range of benefits to help and support you during your employment. More information can be found on our benefits page.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Kate Cole, County Ecologist, Environment Team at to request a MS teams call or phone call.

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East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.