Biodiversity Project Officer vacancy

We are looking to expand our specialist team with an ecologist equivalent role as a biodiversity project officer, initially for a 12 month period, but with potential for extension. We are looking for someone with a good working knowledge of habitat assessment and a background in either planning and consultancy or habitat restoration and management.

£26,000 pa • Home based • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Closing date: Sunday, 17th June 2018

This post holder will report to the Conservation Director and will work with and support other members of the team across all elements of the business. There is potential to focus on either planning or compensation delivery dependent on skills and experience.

The work will be largely home-based, although occasional UK travel will be required and as a result a more central location is preferred.

The Project Officer position provides the opportunity to:

  • Work for an innovative and experienced independent biodiversity accounting consultancy on a diverse range of projects
  • Develop your biodiversity accounting experience and survey skills
  • Work independently and as part of a friendly, enthusiastic, dynamic and supportive team
  • Benefit from training

Work and tasks will include:

  • Casework delivery relating to on-site mitigation and biodiversity impacts at development sites, including biodiversity impact assessments and report writing.
  • Communications with farmers, conservationists and other landowners in the search and identification for potential conservation schemes as off-site compensation
  • Preparation of long-term management plans for conservation schemes, including site ecological surveys
  • Liaison with clients and provision of support to planning authorities and consultants.
  • Updating publications and marketing. e.g. toolkits, mailouts and website

A successful candidate will have:

  • Several years experience in an ecology or conservation sector
  • A genuine enthusiasm for ecology and the environment in the UK
  • The desire to promote high standards in biodiversity assessment and offsetting
  • An organised approach to work, flexibility and a high level of motivation
  • Good communication, both written and verbal, and administration skills
  • A full driving licence

Knowledge or experience of the following would be an advantage, but not essential:

  • Knowledge of the planning system and ecological requirements
  • Habitat survey experience; other survey skills desirable but not essential
  • Biodiversity impact calculations and condition assessments
  • Habitat restoration and management methods
  • Knowledge of agricultural practices, farm business and stewardship schemes
  • Experience in the search for new conservation land
  • GIS mapping
  • Experience of working with stakeholders including planning officers, ecological consultants, developers, conservation organisations, farmers.

To apply: Please send your 2 page CV with a covering letter to

For further information on the role contact Louise Martland our Conservation Director

Email: Mob: 07710192295