Senior Ecologist (South Cambridgeshire District Council)

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning is a shared planning service across both South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council, and one of the most dynamic and high-profile Local Planning Authorities in England.  We are looking to recruit a Senior Ecologist into an exciting new role to join our team as they help deliver Biodiversity Net Gain across our jurisdiction.

The successful candidate will enter our service at a time when development pressures are high, but where the aspirations of Councillors to protect and enhance our biodiversity are also high. Both Councils declared a Climate Emergency in 2019, with South Cambridgeshire District Council adopting a Doubling Nature Strategy in Feb 2021, and a Biodiversity SPD in Feb 2022. The council sees itself as a “green to the core” council and is eying ambitious targets for Biodiversity Net Gain in its developing Local Plan. The council also places a great deal of emphasis on staff wellbeing and CPD and you will be well supported in this role.

You will sit within an experienced, and motivated team who ensure that planning and development does not damage our remaining biodiversity but enhances it and you will be working as part of the Greater Cambridge Planning Service, a joint offering of South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge City, coming together to make a difference to spatial planning and biodiversity.

To successfully deliver this role, we would need you to provide sound advice and guidance on planning applications and be able to demonstrate the Essential attributes detailed in the Person Specification.

We are currently taking part in a 4 day working week (32 hours per week) to improve recruitment and retention and support the wellbeing of our colleagues. You can read more about it here 4-day week trial or talk to us about the detail of this flexible benefit we have been offering.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Daniel Weaver (Principal Ecologist) on 01954 713402, or John Cornell on 07766114267

Closing date: 9am 11 June 2024

Interviews:  To be confirmed

Please note your application will be reviewed prior to the closing date, interviews may be scheduled ahead of this but the advert will remain open for applications until 11 June 2024.

To apply please complete the job application form via the link provided.