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Biodiversity Officer
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Salary: RBK Grade H (£33,291 - £37,842)
Appointment Type: Permanent
Job Term: Full Time
Location: Kingston

About us
A key objective of our corporate plan ‘Making Kingston Better,Together’ is to create a Cleaner, Greener borough. With clear ambitions around protecting and enhancing our local and wider environment, a new role of Biodiversity Officer has been created to ensure these priorities are delivered, building on the activity and good practice of our services and local communities to date.

About the role
The role will work in a new team focused on the development of our green spaces and will be responsible for effectively managing, developing and promoting activities relating to conservation and ecology in parks, open spaces, conservation areas and trees. A key requirement of the role will be to work with teams across the organisation, particularly in our Neighbourhoods, Strategy, Planning and Regeneration teams as well as with local community and interest groups to shape our future strategy and activity in this area.

Key deliverable include the development of a refreshed Biodiversity Action Plan for the borough, providing comment on environmental aspects of planning applications; consultations and internal reports on conservation and ecology; completion of site based Phase I Habitat Surveys and Net Gain Biodiversity Assessments and development of management plans for conservation sites, Local Nature Reserves and parks and open spaces.

About you
The right person for this role will have a passion for nature conservation and partnering with others to deliver positive outcomes for our local environment. A relevant qualification in an ecological discipline will be supported by experience of working in a nature conservation or ecology role, with a record of delivering projects in collaboration with others.

Knowledge and understanding of UK legislation and planning policies with regard to biodiversity, habitats and species is essential . The ideal candidate would also bring experience of partnership working with strong stakeholder management skills;good communication skills with experience of writing funding bids and reports and an understanding of commissioning and procurement of services.

Benefits we offer
Kingston Council has good access to central London and our offices are a short walk from the station based in the middle of the historic and vibrant high street next to the open spaces of the river Thames, offering a wide range of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities; all making for a desirable place to live and work.

The successful candidate will have access to a wide range of staff benefits, some of which include:
  • 26 days annual leave (dependent on salary grade) -In addition you will receive 8 statutory bank holidays·
  • Local government pension scheme
  • Interest free season loan ticket
  • Cycle to work and Zip Car Scheme
  • Discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres·
  • Comprehensive Learning and Development programme
  • A forward thinking and networked organisation where employee’s views are valued
  • Modern and flexible working environment allowing employees to benefit from agile working
How to Apply
Please complete the online application form or attach a cover letter along with your CV outlining what skills, experience and abilities you can bring to this role. Please refer to the role profile when completing your supporting statement.  

For an informal discussion please contact Deborah Flintoff (Assistant Director, Contracts and Commercial) on 020 8547 5002

The Royal Borough of Kingston is Disability Confident Committed. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role and ensure that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible. We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under represented within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

Closing Date: 17/11/2019
Interview Date: 03/12/2019

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