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Natural England

District Level Licensing – Great Crested Newt Senior Adviser

Salary: 33,736

Grade: Senior Adviser

Contract type: Permanent

Working pattern: full time, job share, part-time

Number of posts: 2

Location: National

Closing Date: 2nd December 2022. Apply before 11:55 pm

About Natural England

Do you have a passion for nature and the environment? Do you want to make a real difference and secure significant environmental gains in the present and the future? Do you enjoy working in a team? Can you see yourself advising communities and customers to maximise gains for the Natural Environment?

If this appeals to you, a career at Natural England offers rewarding opportunities to secure environmental improvements and play your part in creating a better future for people and nature. It’s our responsibility to independently advise the UK Government on the natural environment. We’re here to make sure people and nature can thrive. From advising farmers on sustainable land management, to gathering and analysing environmental data, and promoting health and wellbeing through the great outdoors, we love what we do. Join us and you’ll be part of an inclusive, motivated, and ambitious team, committed to achieving results for our environment, for everyone.

As a Senior Adviser you will join, the District Level Licensing (DLL) team, within Natural England’s Wildlife Licensing Service, who offer an approach to protecting and enhancing great crested newt (GCN) habitats whereby developers make a conservation payment based on the predicted impact of their development. This is an exciting opportunity to join an innovative and experienced team, supporting the transition of district level licensing to becoming the established, default licensing option for this iconic species, and helping consider how the lessons learnt implementing it can be applied to the delivery models for net gain and for other protected species reforms.

We are seeking creative thinkers with strong analytical skills and an eye for detail as well as operational deliverers with excellent customer service skills. Good project and time management skills are essential, as well as an inherent ability to build networks within the organisation and partnerships with our stakeholders.

As a DLL Senior Adviser, you will have an excellent understanding of how licensing policies can achieve smarter regulation and help secure better species outcomes. To add to this, you will need to be skilled at providing evidence-based advice for the appropriate management of species as well as understanding and applying current policy, legislation, and guidance for wildlife protection.

You will be expected to undertake a range of the following tasks and accountabilities such as building engagement and development of relationships with. You will work towards developing, renewal and assessment of local district level licensing strategies, which describe the impact of developments on local populations of great crested newt.

To add to this, you will be responsible for undertake critical evaluation of the effectiveness of DLL to date, and its outcomes for great crested newts, wider biodiversity, and the sector in general and so forth

To be a success in this role, you’ll be educated to degree level in a relevant discipline or possess an equivalent level of applied experience. You should have substantial technical knowledge in licensing policies to help secure better species outcomes. It’s essential that you possess a good understanding of the natural environment including ecology, biodiversity, and knowledge of domestic planning policies.

You will need to demonstrate the ability to work proactively and collaboratively with stakeholders and partners, such as local government, non-governmental organisations, and the private sector including working with third party district level licensing providers, to evaluate the application of DLL and to deliver pond habitats in appropriate locations. You will require excellent interpersonal skills to collaborate with other Natural England teams and input into other nature-based solutions, to deliver effective evidence-based solutions

You will undertake continuous improvement and business development, helping to increase efficiency and effectiveness of team processes and systems to broaden the application of DLL to novel development scenarios. You will be an inspirational team worker, always ready to share your expertise with others, and capable of making decisions which combine your professional judgement and evidence, you’ll also have the skills to deliver work that meets agreed deadlines.

We welcome and encourage applications from all communities and, wherever possible, we accommodate requests for both full and part-time hours and other flexible working patterns.

Everyone at Natural England is supported to develop their skills and capabilities. You can also look forward to great benefits including a Civil Service pension.

If you’re inspired to protect and enhance England’s wildlife and want to work for a leading evidence-led organisation, please apply here District Level Licensing – Great Crested Newt Senior Adviser (Ref: 4741) - Civil Service Jobs - GOV.UK

Closing date: 11:55 pm on Friday the 2nd December 2022

Closing Date: 02/12/2022  Location: National

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