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Logo: Milton Keynes CouncilEcologist

Ref. Number: 335003690

Hours: Full time (37)

Salary: £29636 - £33799

Location: Milton Keynes


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.


We are looking for a qualified professional with a passion for green infrastructure which can deliver to our fast growing borough who can maximise the benefits derived by the Community from attractive, functional and sustainable parks and open spaces to enhance their quality of life. The role is heavily involved in the Development and implementation of the Councilís policies in relation to Wildlife Conservation, Biodiversity Action Plans, Environmental Education and Community Involvement by the development of a programme of events to promote public awareness of wildlife issues.


Key Duties

  • To provide clear, timely, accurate and relevant advice to Development Control and others frequently conveying complex information
  • To ensure that the Councils landholdings, including Country/District/Local parks, public open spaces, wildlife sites, nature reserves, woodlands and farms are protected, conserved and managed to enable wide and inclusive use by the public.
  • To ensure environmental management schemes, biodiversity accounting and offsetting schemes
  • To pursue funding for improvements to the service to further the efficiency and effectiveness of the Council in fulfilling its statutory and policy responsibilities to protect or enhance the natural environment.


Experience, Qualifications and any Mandatory Requirements

  • Degree level qualification or equivalent experience in Ecology, or other related environmental subject.
  • Understanding of the national planning system for planning policy and Development Control and how planning outcomes comply with UK and EU legislation.
  • Specialist knowledge of conservation land management techniques to ensure effective and sustainable outcomes that conform with Council and Government Policy.  


Skills Required

  • Ability to assess ecological consultantís reports and plans, analyse their content and make formal responses
  • Ability to analyse highly complex information in relation to planning applications which may be contentious and can extend over prolonged periods of time, on occasion for several years.
  • Knowledge and experience of using a variety of MS Office, GiS mapping and CRM database software.  


Milton Keynes Council Benefits

  • 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.
  • Option to buy more annual leave.
  • A full range of family friendly policies including enhanced Maternity, Adoption and Paternity entitlements.
  • Flexibility - with full time, part time and term time working options.  


Closing date for receipt of applications: 17 May 2019


To apply, please visit the Milton Keynes Council Careers website and fill in the application form.




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