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Senior/Principal Natural Environment Officer (Career Grade)


If you have a real passion for natural environment a really exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic individual to join our Regeneration and Delivery team.  We are looking for an experienced career grade Senior/Principal Natural Environment Officer to provide specialist advice to the Councilís planning function on habitat, biodiversity and landscape matters.  Itís an exciting time to be joining with Dover District Council as we review our Local Plan, and deliver a wide ranging programme of regeneration and development.


Youíll play key role in advising the Council as it seeks to balance future growth and development with the districtís diverse natural environment.  This includes 2,211ha of designated Sites of Scientific Interest, 21% covered by the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and 876ha of the District is Heritage Coast. 


The successful candidate will provide specialist advice in relation to the natural environment, including landscape, biodiversity and ecology, as well providing advice on Appropriate Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessments. You will also provide advice to the public and potential applicants. 

You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and good attention to detail, along with the ability to analyse detailed information and present information and advice logically and clearly.  You will be able to work flexibly on a wide range of tasks both independently and as part of a team to meet challenging targets. A good understanding of habitat regulations and the principles of biodiversity and ecology are essential.


Of graduate calibre and working towards full Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management or a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute in the Landscape Design Division, you will certainly be well versed in ecological issues on development sites and identifying practical methods of mitigation and enhancement.


The post is career graded in order to enable the right candidate the opportunity to study for a further qualification in relation to the role.  A general understanding of development processes would be an advantage, as you will advise us on current legislation concerning protected species, comment on habitat surveys and ecological assessments, guide developers on best practice methodologies.


A proportion of your time will be spent out of the office, so it is important that you have a full driving licence and access to your own transport.   Finally, strong interpersonal and presentation skills must, backed by deep passion for the environment and real determination to make a difference.


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Closing date: 18th November 2018


Interviews will be at Dover District Council Offices on Tuesday 27th November 



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