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Suffolk County Council

Communications Officer

£27,041 - £33,782 (pro rata for part time)

37 hours per week

Full time or part time


Closing date: 11.30pm, 22 September 2021.

Reference: 806

We are committed to flexible working. To view the types of flexible or part time working available for this role, please see the Job and Person Profile.

This is a great opportunity to join the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service (SBIS) team as Communications Officer, working from The Hold, Ipswich.

  • Do you have recent experience in web design?
  • Are you able to write and design newsletters?
  • Would you like to work in a varied, challenging and rewarding role?

Do you have the ability to explain and present technical information in a format that meets the needs of the audience?

Your role

You will:

  • raise the profile of SBIS using various platforms to communicate with our key stakeholders
  • maintain, update and manage a publicly interactive website
  • monitor and provide support to website users
  • maintain and develop online recording tools via the website
  • produce newsletters and publicise SBIS work through social media
  • liaise closely with the SBIS team and the wider recording community in Suffolk
  • be able to draw on a wealth of knowledge and experience in the team and further afield.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • developing a two-way dialogue with our many, diverse internal and external stakeholders will be a key part of the role
  • managing and maintaining SBIS’s social media channels, working with the team to ensure SBIS news and events are communicated effectively and regularly, and engaging with stakeholders online
  • explaining and promoting SBIS and its products to partner organisations and clients
  • presentations and online demonstrations to a range of organisations including Natural England, academics and the general public, in both technical and generic form, travelling the county where necessary
  • producing publicity material and developing display materials to help improve both the branding and visibility of SBIS
  • promoting the use of biological data in Suffolk and represent SBIS at events e.g. BioBlitzes and recording workshops.

You will need

  • a Degree or equivalent in environmental science or equivalent experience
  • demonstrable experience in web design
  • to write and design newsletters
  • to explain and present technical information.

The team

The Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service is the one-stop-shop for biodiversity information in Suffolk. Operating as an independent and objective centre for biodiversity data we collate, manage and mobilise species and site information for the benefit of Suffolk’s wildlife as a whole.

We are a small team, covering a large county, and we work closely to support each other. We are always looking for new ways to improve and deliver our services. We share our knowledge and experience freely and provide an environment where people can enhance their skills and flourish. As part of SCC’s Natural and Historic Environment team, we interact with a wide range of professionals and, when we move into The Hold, we will share offices with a brilliant team of archivists and their knowledge of Suffolk’s historic environment.

SBIS is a great place to work for anyone interested in the natural environment; we work with a wide range of people in local government and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) to make sure they get the best information for decision making.

We will offer you:

  • a fantastic opportunity for someone to use and improve their communication skills in an important sector with outputs that we know will have direct benefits for conservation
  • the skills gained during this work will be applicable to a wide range of jobs, particularly in Local Environmental Records Centres and county archives, but also for a broad range of countryside jobs in district and county councils, wildlife trusts and other NGOs.

Travelling requirements for your role

We positively encourage the use of technology to communicate and engage, but on occasions, there may be a requirement for you to travel using reasonable and suitable means available to you. If you require a reasonable adjustment due to a disability to meet the travel requirements of this role, please speak with the contact detailed below.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Martin Sanford on 07930 908746 or email:

To apply and for more information, please click here and take note of the application instructions.

Closing date: 11.30pm, 22 September 2021.

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we have strict limitations on staff working in our offices and most of us are being asked to work from home. If you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements, please contact the recruiting manager.

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts. We are also committed to flexible working.

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Closing Date: 22/09/2021  Location: Ipswich, Suffolk

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