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Calderdale MBC

Ecological Emergency Officer

Post Ref: CC457
Salary: Scale PO1-4, SCP 27-30, £33,820 - £36,298 per annum, 37 hours per week, Fixed term contract until the end of March 2025.

Please note: Priority will be given to at risk applicants from local authority employers

Calderdale Council declared an Ecological Emergency (EE) in 2022 and is now seeking to recruit a dynamic person to lead and deliver an ambitious Ecological Emergency strategic plan and actions.

Extensive experience is required in leading, writing, developing, and delivering strategic plans, as well as excellent detailed ecological knowledge and experience. Key parts of this work will be working closely with a wide range of voluntary and statutory partners to analyse and collate ecological data to reverse wildlife declines, identifying local, national, and regional biodiversity priorities.

Detailed knowledge of nature conservation, ecological principles, and habitat and species management is crucial as is knowledge of UK & European, local, and regional biodiversity legislation policy, strategy, and its application.

A key element of the work will be the establishment and management of an Ecological Emergency partnership and the post holder will have full responsibility for developing projects, funding, and initiatives related to the EE.

The candidate needs to have demonstrable experience of managing and working with stakeholder partnerships. This will also require strong communication negotiation and analytical skills – able to analyse complex documents and develop innovative solutions as well as great communication and advocacy skills – able to negotiate and liaise with Council employees, developers, members, external organisations, volunteers, and the public.

Proven ability to use GIS and other IT packages including standard Microsoft Office software is essential.

A Degree or equivalent qualification in Ecology or a relevant subject or demonstrable experience.

Hold a full UK driving licence and have access to a vehicle for work purpose. Adjustments can be considered for candidates with a disability

Must have held a Category B Licence for at least 2 years (if required to drive a work vehicle)

Closing Date: 6th February 2023

Interview Date: TBC

We may utilise digital interview methods.

As part of our Vision (www.calderdale.gov.uk/vision/) we aim to be a talented, resilient and inclusive community. We welcome applications from all and offer a variety of flexible working / job share opportunities for both full and part time staff.

On 30 January 2019, the Council declared a climate emergency in a bold move to step up its action to tackle climate change.

Calderdale Council embraces the positive benefits of a diverse workforce and we are committed to providing an environment that is inclusive. We encourage applications from people who share our commitment to challenge inequality and promote diversity across Calderdale. We particularly welcome applications from communities that are currently under-represented in our organisation. All applications are anonymised before being seen by the selection panel.

For support on your application please read our Application Booklet or visit our Employment Hub.

We reserve the right to close vacancies prior to the advertised closing date, an early submission is advised.

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Closing Date: 06/02/2023  Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire

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