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County Ecologist (Biodiversity Net Gain)

Worcestershire County Council
Worcester, Worcestershire
£30,343 - £32,110 per annum
Closing date
16 Jun 2024

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Job Title: County Ecologist (Biodiversity Net Gain)
Salary: £30,343 - £32,110 per annum
35 Hours per Week
County Hall, Worcester

The Role
Worcestershire County Council is recruiting a County Ecologist to increase the capacity of our Ecology and Environmental Policy Team and to take a lead on our Biodiversity Net Gain work. Now that Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is national planning practice, the team need additional capacity to develop and implement BNG monitoring, habitat management and reporting systems. You’ll also advise and train WCC colleagues, and help to prepare local BNG policy and guidance.

BNG offers us an exciting, improved opportunity to achieve ecological betterment via development, and your work will lead to real, long-term environmental gains. Alongside desk-based work on BNG policy, advice and administration, there are opportunities to undertake field surveys for land with potential for use in BNG off-setting, and ultimately to monitor sites which provide off-set biodiversity units.

Within the wider Ecology and Environmental Policy Team we also undertake a wide range of environmental projects and wildlife surveys (e.g. preliminary ecological assessments, surveys for bats, badgers, amphibians, reptiles, roadside verge nature reserves etc) and the County Ecologist will be able to support these, where time and interest permit.

We’ll also support your Continued Professional Development, to help develop your ecological skills and knowledge. Ecology and Environmental Policy is a small and friendly team with a wide range of specialist interests; we're looking forward to welcoming a new ecologist, and widening our nature conservation work.

For more information, please see the attached job description and person specification, or contact the team at

You’ll find an overview of the benefits Worcestershire County Council have to offer on our webpage Why work for us? | Worcestershire County Council, so do take a look!  Some of these offers include:

  • Great Holiday Entitlement: As well as bank holidays, you'll get 26 days paid holiday (pro rata for part-time staff). This goes up to 31 days when you have been with us for 5 years. If you get more than 26 days where you work now, don't worry because if you join us without a break, we'll match your holiday up to 31 days. If you’re successful and want to take advantage of this do let us know!
  • Brilliant Pension Scheme: The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) is a nationwide, career average pension scheme and is a valuable part of the pay and reward package for employees working in local government.
  • Professional Learning & Development: We actively encourage learning and development for all our staff should they want to progress further or explore other areas within the organisation.
  • Flexible Working: We are proud to offer hybrid working to provide a better work/life balance where possible.


How to Apply
CV with cover letters are invited to apply for this role.

Please find the Job Description and Person Specification attached.

Please write your submission with consideration for the essential and desirable criteria on the Person Specification. This should include examples why you should be considered; the experience, skills and knowledge that you would bring to the post.

Please submit your CV with Cover Letter to


Application Closing Date: Sunday, 16th June 2024
Anticipated Interview Date: Friday, 28th June 2024





The work we do at Worcestershire County Council matters! We are there for the most vulnerable people in society who need us the most, we are helping to build a successful and growing local economy, we protect our environment, we improve outcomes for our children, young people and families, and we help ensure our residents are healthier, live longer and have a better quality of life. In short, what we do makes a difference to people's lives!

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Notes for applicants

When you click 'apply', you will be re-directed to Worcestershire County Council's online application site.

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First time applicants will be asked to create a new account.  Please note, you are only able to view the Job Description and Person Specification on the WM Jobs board not via Worcestershire County Council's online application site.

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01905 846666
Worcestershire County Council
County Hall
Spetchley Road

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