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Norfolk County Council

Planning Ecologist


£24,982 - £27,041 per annum

Temporary contract/secondment opportunity for 12 months

Ref: 70193 CEJE

The Environment Service has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Planning Ecologist to join our Ecology and Landscape Team, supporting the delivery of a wide range of strategic and infrastructure projects, ensuring that the natural environment of Norfolk is safeguarded and enhanced through the planning system.

The role will ensure that the biodiversity potential of sites is preserved and enhanced, providing a cost-effective, professional, in-house ecological advice service to ensure Norfolk County Council meets obligations with regards to ecology and green infrastructure. The role will lead on biodiversity issues, providing advice to Development Management and Planning Policy Officers.

We are looking for a motivated individual who can effectively manage peaks in workload to provide timely input into planning decisions. You will have a basic understanding of the English planning system, wildlife legislation and experience of undertaking ecological assessments and producing associated ecological reports. You must be able to evaluate habitats to UK Habitats Classification level.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Writing or interpreting ecological reports for Town and Country Planning matters.
  • Determining the appropriateness of ecological reports submitted with a planning application and if further information is required.
  • Deciding if NCC projects require protected species surveys and undertaking them in accordance with legislation and national guidance.
  • Identifying and designing appropriate ecological mitigation and compensation measures for NCC schemes including providing ecological advice on small and medium highways schemes to support Highways Officers.

We are looking for someone with good communication skills, who will fit in well with our friendly team. You will be a member of CIEEM (associate or higher) and will have significant post qualification experience.

All our office-based roles are currently working from home as part of our Smarter Working plans and to support the health and safety of all our colleagues. We anticipate that working remotely will be a key feature of this role and when offices re-open your office base will be County Hall, Norwich.

Our technology platform and equipment are first class, enabling you to connect and collaborate remotely. We ask that you have in place good Broadband connectivity.

For more information or an informal discussion regarding this post please contact Martin Horlock, Environment Manager (Information and Partnerships), via

To apply, please visit our website

Closing date: 4 October 2021.

Interviews will take place via video technology.

Closing Date: 04/10/2021  Location: Norwick

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