Senior Ecologist

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Attributable to unprecedented demand, we’re at the moment trying to recruit a brand new Senior Ecologist into
the well-resourced, properly supported, and pleasant Pure Setting Group at Better Cambridge
Shared Planning. This addition will full a staff of three ecologists for the LPA. Our staff
are busy making certain that the supply of Biodiversity Internet Achieve is on monitor, enhancing our pure
setting by way of the planning course of.

The profitable candidate can 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
growth 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 formidable targets for Biodiversity Internet Achieve in its growing Native Plan. The council
additionally locations a substantial amount of emphasis on workers wellbeing and CPD.

You’ll sit inside an skilled, and motivated staff who be certain that planning and growth
doesn’t injury our remaining biodiversity however enhances it and you’ll be working as a part of
the Better 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 function, we would want you to supply sound recommendation and steering on
planning purposes 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 Guide Ecologist or Native Authorities Ecologist and
information of Ecology throughout the UK planning system ideally together with:

  • An understanding of Biodiversity Internet Achieve 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 purposes that qualify for EIAs
  • Expertise of conducting protected species surveys
  • Expertise of evaluating studies
  • A familiarity of GIS 
  • Working information of key Judicial Assessment selections and the way they have an effect on the best way planning
    software are handled by the planning system (Woolly vs Cheshire East Borough Council, and
    Morge vs Hampshire County Council for instance).
  • The flexibility to deal with complicated workloads and ship to deadlines
  • Expertise of writing studies for a non-expert viewers
  • Means to make key selections rapidly and effectively
  • Good time administration expertise
  • Means to work alone and as a part of a staff
  • Wonderful communication expertise


  • 5 years (or extra) expertise as a Native Authorities Ecologist
  • Native information of the Better Cambridge space
  • Skilled membership of CIEEM or equal (we will help this)
  • Information of District Stage Licensing for excellent crested newts

We anticipate that this put up will start ASAP.

We’re at the moment participating in a 4 day working week (32 hours per week) to enhance recruitment
and retention and help the wellbeing of our colleagues. You possibly can learn extra about it
right here 4-day week trial or discuss to us concerning the element of this versatile profit now we have been providing.

For an off-the-cuff dialogue concerning the function, please contact Daniel Weaver (Principal Ecologist)
on 01954 713402, or John Cornell Pure Setting Group Chief on 07766114267

Cut-off date: 9am Friday April nineteenth 2024

Interviews: Week starting April twenty second 2024 

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