Principal Ecologist

Principal Ecologist

Salary Grade 9 - £42,503 to £45,495 (fixed term 2 years)

Uttlesford District Council has embarked on an ambitious transformation programme, which encompasses its entire Planning Service. This is being supported by PAS in liaison with DLUHC. Under a new Chief Executive and led by new Director of Planning we have re-profiled the Service and created a number of new posts in order to achieve our ambitious and exciting programme. This is your opportunity to contribute, influence and develop the Planning Service, our emerging Local Plan and the district itself.  

Uttlesford is situated between London and Cambridge, with offices in Saffron Walden and Stansted. It is largely rural in its landscape and character and includes more listed buildings than any other district or borough. It is also home to London Stansted Airport and a major science and research park. Managing and making the most of this diversity presents a demanding but satisfying planning challenge.

We are currently working on our new Local Plan. It will be a climate change-led plan and may include proposals for entire new communities and infrastructure. With a target of more than 14,000 new homes and significant employment growth we have created a new Strategic Applications Team in DM to provide advice and deal with largescale major applications. We have also created specialist posts to support the sensitive growth of the area. 

Our officers will be involved in delivering sustainable major housing schemes, airport-related development, business space, and infrastructure, all the while protecting our incredibly rich heritage, prized ecology and unique character.  

Our officers work remotely for the most part, using our Stansted and Saffron Walden offices as needed. 

We have created the position of Principal Ecologist to lead on providing specialist ecological advice to all aspects of the Planning Service. You will have experience of working in planning and development and ideally have experience of environmental policy and legislation in this context. The role will give you the opportunity to work on and provide advice on a variety of protected species surveys, EIA processes and guide habitat restoration and design across the district. 

You will bring your excellent written and verbal communication skills to influence negotiations and provide advice to planners, elected Members and developers. You will have the opportunity to steer the emerging Local Plan where it relates to ecology and biodiversity, and thus have a significant impact on the development of the district going forward. 

This role would be ideal for someone who has undertaken an environmental or zoology degree, would enjoy a mix of office and field-based work, and have the opportunity to influence the future of the district. 

Benefit package for the above post includes:

• Hybrid Working
• Paid holidays
• Contributory Local Government Pension Scheme
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Flexitime
• Volunteering opportunities
• Vine extras – Employee discount scheme
• Paid professional subscription 
• Learning and development opportunities 

Closing Date:
14/12/2022

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