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Wakefield Council

Ecologist

Ref: 234116

Salary: £22,571 - £25,129 Grade 6, £25,927 - 28,226 Grade 7, £29,174 - £31,895 Grade 8, 37 hours Permanent

Anglers Country Park, Wintersett, Wakefield, WF4 2EB

An opportunity exists in the Council’s Street Scene Services for an Ecologist. This is a career graded post.

What will be expected from me?

The post holder will work on:

  • The development and delivery of a sustainable Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) system and the creation of a Local Nature Recovery Strategy for the district which is a requirement of the governments newly adopted Environment Bill.
  • Using Natural England’s Metric 3 for calculating the monetary value of Biodiversity Units when accounting for any biodiversity loss through development and for all necessary mitigation and BNG improvements resulting from development.
  • Prioritising where and when BNG enhancements and improvement projects will take place to achieve maximum benefit.
  • Developing and delivering projects and management plans for sites where the requirement for biodiversity improvements have been identified.
  • Undertaking the monitoring and reporting on all BNG delivery projects and other works involving habitat improvements and enhancements.
  • Delivering a wide range of habitat and biodiversity improvements to parks, greenspaces and privately owned land within the district with the intention of encouraging naturalisation and adapting to Climate Change.
  • The post holder will also be expected to deputise for the Senior Ecologist. Represent the authority at external events and build constructive working relationships with other Council services, public and private partners, regional and national agencies and Government departments.

   
Essential requirements:

Level 1

  • Undergraduate degree in relevant subject, i.e., ecology
  • Student or Graduate Membership of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) or other related professional body
  • Trained in use & application of Phase 1 habitat & UK Habitat Classification (UKHab) surveying techniques
  • Awareness of Biodiversity Metric 3.0
  • Possession of a full UK driving licence (Category B) with no more than 6 penalty points – or working towards obtaining a licence

   
Level 2

  • Undergraduate degree in relevant subject, i.e., ecology
  • At least Student or Graduate membership of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) or other related professional body
  • Trained in use & application of Phase 1 habitat & UK Habitat Classification (UKHab) surveying techniques
  • Awareness of Biodiversity Metric 3.0
  • Possession of a full UK driving licence (Category B) with no more than 6 penalty points

   
Level 3

  • Undergraduate degree in relevant subject, i.e., ecology
  • Full Membership of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) or other related professional body
  • Trained in use & application of Phase 1 habitat & UK Habitat Classification (UKHab) surveying techniques
  • Practical familiarity with Biodiversity Metric 3.0
  • Possession of a full UK driving licence (Category B) with no more than 6 penalty points

   
What can I expect?

  • This is a full-time post of 37 hours per week.
  • 25 days of Holidays plus 8 Bank Holidays.
  • Support and ongoing training.
  • Unlike many Ecologist positions anti-social working hours, long distance traveling, and overnight stays will be limited for this post.
  • Discounted and subsidised public transport (Arriva Bus Annual Travel Ticket, Northern Trains Limited (NTL), MetroCard)
  • The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
  • Great range of benefits including discounted membership to our excellent leisure facilities with free 12 weeks exercise program with a dedicated personal trainer, discounts for a range of retail, entertainment, health and leisure providers, cycle to work scheme and many more.

   
For further enquiries please contact Andy Higham, Senior Ecologist on 0345 8 506 506.

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Delete Date: 14/10/2022  Location: Country Park, Wintersett, Wakefield, WF4 2EB

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