Principal Natural Environment Officer (Principal Ecologist)

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Hereford, Herefordshire
07 Jan 2022
03 Feb 2022
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Full time permanent
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Principal Natural Environment Officer (Principal Ecologist)
Hours: 37.00 per week
Salary: Competitive
Closing Date: 03/02/2022

Located at the heart of the Marches, the historic border countryside where England meets Wales, Herefordshire is one of the most rural counties in England.  Beautiful, unspoilt countryside, two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, historic parklands, the cathedral city of Hereford and attractive market towns provide an excellent quality of life.  

In 2019 Herefordshire Council declared a climate emergency and committed to minimising our impact on the environment and aspiring to carbon neutrality by 2030. The scope of this declaration has now been broadened to encompass an ecological emergency, providing an exciting opportunity for the Natural Environment team to the lead the way in developing new initiatives across both the council and the wider county through our work with local nature partnerships. 

Acting as principal advisor primarily in relation to Ecology matters, as well as the wider natural environment and responsible for the line management of the Natural Environment team; Ecology, Landscape, Open Space and Trees, your main duties are:

•    To lead a team of technical officers promoting the understanding, conservation and proper management of the natural environment.
•    To provide specialist advice in Ecology and the wider natural environment to both internal and external customers.
•    To provide a lead role in planning and delivery on Habitats Regulations Assessments, nutrient impact assessment and strategic solutions including the council’s leading work on phosphate impacts of development within the River Lugg catchment of         the River Wye.
•    To work with other teams across the council to address the council’s recently declared Climate and Ecological Emergency. 
•    To deputise for the Service Manager Built and Natural Environment in respect of natural environment matters as and when required.

Better Ways of Working – The council supports flexible working including some home working and has desk space that can be booked within offices across the county within the city and market towns.

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for more details of this role.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact; Liz Duberley Service Manager 01432 260788.

We welcome applicants whatever their personal characteristics or social identity. All requests for flexible working arrangements and reasonable adjustments will be considered.

The following candidates will be interviewed if they meet the essential criteria for the post they are applying for:

• Those who indicate that they have a disability. This is part of our commitment to the “Disability Confident” scheme;

• Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are an Armed Forces Veteran or Reservist. This is part of our pledge to support the Armed Forces Covenant; and

• Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are a Herefordshire care leaver. This is part of our commitment to supporting young people leaving our care.

Benefits with Herefordshire Council:
Holidays: 25 days per year, rising to 30 after 5 years’ service, plus 2 days unpaid leave at Christmas (pro rata for part time).
Pension: LGS pension scheme.

Pick your perks – our benefits include access to a range of retail, leisure, holiday and health benefits. This includes savings, cash back and discounts. We also offer an employee assistance programme, providing access to confidential support and advice if you ever need it.

Professional membership fees of a relevant institution will also be funded for this role.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you would like to obtain details regarding feedback on your application please contact Hoople Resourcing at:

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