Assistant Ecological Consultant - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £30,706 per annum
Closing date: 01 Jul 2024
Location: Essex
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 17107
Role: Environments and Public Services
About the role

Assistant Ecological Consultant

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £30,706 per annum

Location: Essex

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Place Services is a multi-disciplinary consultancy within Essex County Council providing environmental and planning services to the Council, local authorities and other public bodies. Our purpose is to support the public sector to deliver sustainable development. The purpose of the Assistant Ecological Consultant is to support the effective delivery of ecological services to clients across the UK.

The post holder will provide ecological support, including development management and policy advice; habitat and species management and creation projects; completing ecological assessments and straightforward habitat and protected species surveys; and undertaking supervised specialist tasks on multi-disciplinary projects.

The role requires a graduate level practitioner with knowledge of development management processes, legislation, policy, standards, and guidance; information management and communication skills; and a collaborative, enterprising, and client focused approach.


  • Contributing to effective delivery of a range of ecological and countryside management services including: assisting with a case load of straight forward and minor development management consultations at all stages of the planning/consent process; assisting with evaluating and completing ecological assessments (e.g. EcIA, HRA, PEAR) of limited scope and complexity; advising on small-scale and simple habitat/species management or habitat creation projects; supporting the completion of habitat and protected/priority species surveys; and completing supervised tasks as part of multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Helping collect, analyse, present, and preserve data, evidence (including for enforcement) and advice to recognised standards, reviewing outcomes, and assessing third party compliance.
  • Supporting development and review of plans, policies, and guidance.
  • Assisting the development and delivery of learning and promotional material, training activities and events, and engaging with networks, to enhance the recognition and reputation of Place Services.
  • Assisting bids for low-value opportunities and helping to monitor contractors and volunteers against specifications, indicators and budgets on low value contracts and minor projects.
  • Supporting the maintenance of a professional, client-focused culture and improved client relationships, helping secure feedback for continuous improvement.
  • Supporting improvements to the effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery.
  • Developing own commercial awareness of our business.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Educated to RQF level 6 (Bachelor’s degree) in a relevant subject, or equivalent by experience.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development with membership of, or working towards, Qualifying Membership of CIEEM.
  • Graduate level technical practitioner with knowledge of development management processes; policy, legislation, enforcement, standards and guidance; ecological assessment and evaluation; habitat/species identification and survey; habitat/species management and habitat creation; and related office and site-based practices and procedures.
  • Able to work, under supervision, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, prioritizing across a range of projects and activities, meeting deadlines and delivering outcomes, with an awareness of systems and processes for effective project management.
  • Awareness of wellbeing and H&S, with ability to undertake simple risk assessments, and to implement safe working practices.
  • Able to communicate appropriately with different audiences, including through supervised clear and concise technical advice, documents and reports for straightforward casework and projects, and at public consultations.
  • Able to establish positive working relationships, with awareness of good client service.
  • Able to use common software packages and, under supervision, relevant specialist software such as GIS, to record and present a range of data, and to carry out straightforward research, analysis and interpretation.

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Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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