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Logo: Milton Keynes CouncilPost Title: Ecologist

Salary Range: £ 29,055 - £ 33,136

Hours:   37 hours/week

Full time / Permanent Position


Job ref. 335000166


Location:        Milton Keynes


Closing Date: 06/07/2018


Milton Keynes is a rapidly expanding, vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and play. How better to contribute to that continued success than through a unique and rewarding career with Milton Keynes Council. So if you’re looking for an excellent benefits package and the chance to make a difference, make a move to Milton Keynes Council.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an externally funded (initially for a 2 year period) Ecologist to work on a nationally important ground-breaking new project within the Landscape Services team at Milton Keynes Council. The Landscape Services team delivers an Ecology service, working both private and NGO sectors, to help deliver a step-change in the conservation of great crested newts to deliver ecosystem services, landscape management projects across Milton Keynes and advice on ecology for new developments.


Natural England have awarded a 'District Licence' for great crested newts to seven Planning Authorities including Milton Keynes Council that allows them to authorise (under strictly defined terms) activities that may harm newts at the same time as granting planning permission.


The District Licence scheme has been designed and administered by NatureSpace (a private sector company), is adopted by the Local Planning Authorities, is regulated and approved by Natural England, and is supported by the country's leading amphibian NGOs - the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust and the Freshwater Habitats Trust.


The main requirements of the role are:


  1. Raise general awareness of the District licensing scheme
  2. Enable good planning decisions
  3. Provide a point of contact for newt-related matters for the LPA to liaise with NatureSpace Partnership, the South Midlands Newt Conservation Partnership and Natural England as required.
  4. Ensure relevant Planning Authority staff and Members are informed of the outputs and outcomes of the scheme, as appropriate.


Use your skills to benefit the local community and experience a rewarding, interesting environment and attractive employment package such as:


  • Local Government Pension Scheme, considered to be one of the best employer contribution rates.
  • A generous minimum holiday entitlement of 27 days per year in addition to statutory and public holidays, rising to 31 days after 5 years.
  • A full range of family friendly policies including enhanced Maternity, Adoption and Paternity entitlements.
  • MK Advantage benefits package – a range of savings including retail, travel and leisure discounts as well as a suite of salary sacrifice benefits.

For further details and to apply, please visit the Milton Keynes Council Careers website and fill in the application form.


Closing date for receipt of applications: 6th of July 2018


At Milton Keynes Council we take great pride in our Community and we hope that you can help us grow and share our vision.  



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