The successful applicant will work to implement the NatureSpace Partnership South Midlands great crested newt (GCN) district licence scheme within the planning functions of four local authorities in Oxfordshire (South Oxfordshire District Council, Vale of White Horse District Council, Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council) and will be the main point of contact for all aspects of the GCN licencing scheme within those authorities.
This is an exciting opportunity for a recent graduate with an environmental degree, or someone looking to kickstart their career in ecology. The role would suit a candidate who is looking to develop their skills and experience in this innovative area of protected species conservation.
Countryside Officer Responsibilities:
Countryside Officer Requirements:
- Raise general awareness of the scheme externally with developers and ecologists through the council’s websites, guidance documents and other publications
- Raise awareness of the scheme internally to all appropriate staff and provide training as necessary
- Ensure relevant planning staff are familiar with the scheme and the process (dealing with NatureSpace certificates and reports)
- Provide specific advice to Planning Officers on any NatureSpace Partnership report
- Ensure that recommendations in NatureSpace Reports are translated appropriately into planning conditions
- Monitor developer compliance with any newt-related planning conditions
- Provide a point of contact for newt-related matters for NatureSpace Partnership, the Newt Conservation Partnership, Natural England as required
About the District Councils:
- Degree or diploma in ecology or related discipline – or equivalent voluntary or professional experience in an ecology related role
- Hold a full and current driving licence and daily use of a car insured for business purposes
- Knowledgeable about great crested newts – preferably with some firsth and field experience of surveying together with an understanding of mitigation, compensation, and licensing
- Knowledge of European Protected Species legislation
- Awareness of planning process, legislation and policy
- Excellent communication, skills (both written and verbal)
- Able to prioritise own workload
- Experienced in the use of Microsoft Office suite and GIS software
South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council are forward-thinking local authorities, based in one of the most attractive areas of the country. They are looking for a professional, competent and enthusiastic person who can communicate well at all levels. An excellent benefits package is on offer including annualised hours (flexible working) and a career average pension scheme.
Across Oxfordshire (with an element of home working)
Full time, 37 hours per week – Two-year contract in the first instance with potential for extension.
starting at £26,369 per annum
An excellent benefits package is on offer including a career average pension scheme
13th July 2020
w/c 20th July 2020
You may have experience of the following:
Countryside Advisor, Countryside Advisor, Policy Advisor, Policy Adviser, Environmental Advisor, Agricultural Advisor, Policy Manager, Rural Affairs, Stakeholder Management, Legislation, Lobbying, Legislative Advisor, etc.