Principal Ecological Consultant - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £49,590 per annum
Closing date: 24 Sep 2023
Location: Countywide
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 13158
Role: Environments and Public Services
About the role

Principal Ecological Consultant

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £49,590 per annum

Location: Countywide

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 24th September 2023

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.


The Opportunity

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 Principal Ecological Consultant is to lead the provision of ecological services to clients across the UK.


The Principal Ecological Consultant will lead the delivery and development of ecological services, including specialist planning advice; ecological assessments; habitat/species management and habitat creation; habitat and protected species surveys; and for multi-disciplinary projects.


The role requires a qualified, authoritative subject matter expert with advanced technical skills, knowledge and experience, including legislation, policy, standards and guidance; accomplished client relationship, information management, and communication skills; and a collaborative, enterprising, client focused approach.



  • Responsible for effective commercial and operational delivery of ecological and countryside management services including: managing a demanding caseload of the most complex and controversial development management consultations at all stages of the planning /consent process; evaluating and carrying out ecological assessments (HRA, PEAR, EcIA); advising on large scale and complex habitat/species management and habitat creation; designing and undertaking habitat and protected species surveys of all sizes and complexity, including new tools and techniques; and complex specialists tasks as part of multi-disciplinary projects.


  • Collecting, analysing, and presenting complex data, evidence (including for enforcement) and advice to recognised standards, reviewing outcomes, and assessing third party compliance.


  • Leading the development and review of complex, plans, policies and guidance.


  • Responsible for commercial development of our ecology offer, bidding on high value opportunities, and managing high value projects and contracts against budget, specification and indicators.


  • Building a professional, client-focused culture, and high-level client relationships, maintaining commercial awareness of our industry, key markets and sectors, managing accounts and securing feedback for continuous improvement.


  • Leading the development and delivery of promotional and learning material, training activities and events, engaging with networks to enhance the recognition and reputation of Place Services.


  • Building a collaborative, high-performance culture, leading effective team working and improving team and personal competency, continually seeking to enhance performance and practice of self and others, securing feedback, and building knowledge and skills.


  • Identify and implement improvements to the effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery.


  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.



The Experience You Will Bring

  • Educated to RQF level 6 (Bachelor’s degree) with evidence of substantial post qualification experience.


  • Strong evidence of continuing professional development and Full Membership of the CIEEM.


  • Authoritative technical and subject matter expert, with comprehensive knowledge and experience of: development management and planning policy, legislation, and enforcement standards and guidance; assessment (PEAR, HRA, EcIA); habitat/species management and habitat creation; habitat and protected species identification and survey; and related office and site-based practices and procedures.


  • Effective team management and people skills with experience of employee performance and development.


  • Strong understanding of wellbeing and H&S, with ability to identify and implement safe working practices for self and others.


  • Good understanding of commercial practices, with accomplished negotiation and communication skills and a track record of business development, including bid winning and the ability to inform, influence and persuade, building client relationships and managing high value accounts.


  • Able to lead specialist and multi-disciplinary project teams and manage multiple, and large scale and complex, projects from concept through to completion.


  • Advanced use of a range of common and specialist software packages e.g. GIS and/or other ICT tools, to implement complex data capture, management and presentation, and carry out high level analysis and interpretation.


To read more about us please visit: Economy, Investment and Public Health

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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