ERDF Development Officer Ecologist
37.0 Hours per Week
Fixed Term contract until 31st March 2022. This post is the subject of a Project Change Request with MHCLG. Subject to approval this post would finish 30th April 2023.
We are looking for a committed ecologist to join our team here at Solihull. What a fantastic time to join us! Solihull is positioned at the heart of the economic growth agenda in the West Midlands, with exciting developments surrounding the delivery of HS2 and the UK Central Growth Zone. Solihull’s high quality natural environment is a key component of the economic growth agenda and the Council is committed to protecting and enhancing our network of green and blue infrastructure.
Following a sustained expansion of work we have a vacancy within our Conservation of the Historic Environment, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Ecology Team for a Development Officer - Ecologist. We are looking for someone to manage a portfolio of habitat and biodiversity enhancement projects on SMBC land.
Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) via the Greening the Grey Project you will have the opportunity to develop and deliver a range of wetland, grassland and woodland schemes.
In addition, you will also provide ecological guidance and support to non-SMBC habitat enhancement projects being delivered by organisations from the wider region via the Small Habitats Grant element of the ERDF funded Greening the Grey Project
You will have hands-on practical nature conservation experience and a flexible and enthusiastic work ethic. You will have a proven track record of delivering habitat creation projects, and be able to advise on the management of different habitats. You will also have a sound knowledge of British ecology and be able to carry out habitat surveys such as Phase 1, Phase 2, NVC and UK Habitat Classification.
We are committed to delivering our services as efficiently as possible and an ability to work flexibly with technology will be required. You will need a valid driving license, access to a vehicle for business purposes and possess the necessary mobility to carry out site visits across the borough. Rest assured, we won’t have you living out of your car but as a forward thinking service are embracing new and exciting ways of working, and invite you to join us on that journey.
In addition to a competitive salary the post comes with a contributory pension scheme, generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working and a car mileage allowance. Add to that a town centre location recently deemed the best place in the country it’s time to get excited about working in Local Government.
To apply, please click on the link below. If you have a specific question or require further information regarding this post, please contact Mike Eastwood, Team Manager CLAUDE, on 0121 704 6391.
Interview Date: w/c 1st March 2021
Interviews will take place on a secure video conferencing platform.
Please note we do not accept CVs.
The Fluency Duty is outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers. The Fluency Duty for this role is Required .
This post requires the following Disclosure and Barring check: Not required .
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