Senior Ecologist

South Cambridgeshire District Council

As a result of unprecedented demand, we’re at present seeking to recruit a brand new Senior Ecologist into
the well-resourced, effectively supported, and pleasant Pure Surroundings Workforce at Larger Cambridge
Shared Planning. This addition will full a staff of three ecologists for the LPA. Our staff
are busy guaranteeing that the supply of Biodiversity Web Acquire is on monitor, enhancing our pure
surroundings by means of the planning course of.

The profitable candidate shall be becoming a member of one of many largest shared planning companies within the
nation and within the dynamic space of South Cambridgeshire and the Cambridge Metropolis, the place
improvement pressures are excessive, however the place the aspirations of Councillors to guard and improve
our biodiversity are additionally excessive. Each Councils declared a Local weather Emergency in 2019, with South
Cambridgeshire District Council adopting a Doubling Nature Technique in Feb 2021, and a
Biodiversity SPD in Feb 2022. The council sees itself as a “inexperienced to the core” council and is
eying bold targets for Biodiversity Web Acquire in its creating Native Plan. The council
additionally locations an excessive amount of emphasis on workers wellbeing and CPD.

You’ll sit inside an skilled, and motivated staff who be sure that planning and improvement
doesn’t injury our remaining biodiversity however enhances it and you’ll be working as a part of
the Larger Cambridge Planning Service, a joint providing of South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge
Metropolis, coming collectively to make a distinction to spatial planning and biodiversity.

To efficiently ship this position, we would wish you to offer sound recommendation and steering on
planning functions and be capable of show the next attributes:

Important Standards

A level in Ecology or a associated topic.

A minimal of three years’ expertise as Advisor Ecologist or Native Authorities Ecologist and
information of Ecology throughout the UK planning system ideally together with:

  • An understanding of Biodiversity Web Acquire and the usage of the DEFRA Metric
  • An understanding of the related Nationwide Planning Coverage Framework
  • Information of Habitat Regs Assessments and Acceptable Assessments
  • Information of EIA Scoping and Screening opinions
  • Information of Environmental Statements for functions that qualify for EIAs
  • Expertise of conducting protected species surveys
  • Expertise of evaluating stories
  • A familiarity of GIS 
  • Working information of key Judicial Evaluate choices and the way they have an effect on the best way planning
    utility are handled by the planning system (Woolly vs Cheshire East Borough Council, and
    Morge vs Hampshire County Council for instance).
  • The power to deal with advanced workloads and ship to deadlines
  • Expertise of writing stories for a non-expert viewers
  • Means to make key choices shortly and effectively
  • Good time administration expertise
  • Means to work alone and as a part of a staff
  • Glorious communication expertise


  • 5 years (or extra) expertise as a Native Authorities Ecologist
  • Native information of the Larger Cambridge space
  • Skilled membership of CIEEM or equal (we are able to assist this)
  • Information of District Stage Licensing for nice crested newts

We anticipate that this put up will start ASAP.

We’re at present collaborating in a 4 day working week (32 hours per week) to enhance recruitment
and retention and assist the wellbeing of our colleagues. You’ll be able to learn extra about it
right here 4-day week trial or discuss to us in regards to the element of this versatile profit we have now been providing.

For an off-the-cuff dialogue in regards to the position, please contact Daniel Weaver (Principal Ecologist)
on 01954 713402, or John Cornell Pure Surroundings Workforce Chief on 07766114267

Deadline: 9am Friday April nineteenth 2024

Interviews: Week starting April twenty second 2024 

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