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Cranbrook, EX5 7DR

Full time, fixed term for up to 13 months (maternity cover) 


Ref: ED007121F


About the role


As a Habitat Mitigation Officer employed by East Devon District Council on behalf of the South East Devon Habitat Regulations Partnership, you'll play a key role in helping to prevent recreational pressure from new development which may harm the protected wildlife of the Exe Estuary, Dawlish Warren and the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths.


In this interesting role, you'll have a varied remit which will include education of users, monitoring and enforcement. You'll maintain an on-site presence to educate users of these protected sites to raise awareness of their nature conservation importance and encourage responsible behaviour. This will include preventing disturbing and/or damaging behaviour/activities and taking follow up action as required.


Effective public engagement is critical to the success of this role, as you'll also need to actively engage with the local community by undertaking visitor events and working with local school groups and retailers in order to gather evidence on user activities, effects on wildlife and the effectiveness of mitigation measures. You'll also undertake outreach work alongside other relevant organisations including the Exe Estuary Partnership, Devon Wildlife Trust and RSPB.


This is a full time post and there will be a requirement for the post holder to work 2 weekends per month and some bank holidays throughout the year. Whilst this is a full time position some flexibility may be possible. 


About you


With a good standard of education, you'll have a keen interest in wildlife and conservation and a good understanding of nature conservation and countryside issues. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential in this role, and previous experience of engaging with the public and a range of different stakeholders will be extremely beneficial.


Tact, diplomacy and the ability to be assertive when dealing with difficult enforcement issues are also critical to the success of this role. You may have some experience of developing and delivering projects, ideally conservation related.


You'll also need a driving licence and be able to travel as required (reasonable adjustments may be possible according to the Equality Act).


For further details and to apply for the role please click here


Closing date: 15/09/2019 



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