Biodiversity Planning Officer

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The Wildlife Trusts

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Middleton, United Kingdom

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16 days ago

We’re looking for a Biodiversity Planning Officer to play a critical role in helping nature’s recovery across the south of Derbyshire.

In this role, you’ll have the opportunity to ensure that significant gains for wildlife are achieved by using your skills and knowledge to scrutinise planning applications and policy proposals. You will ensure that wildlife legislation and Biodiversity Net Gain requirements are fully applied and that biodiversity gains are strategic and achievable. You will work across southern Derbyshire on a diverse range of applications ranging from barn conversions to large housing or mineral applications. You will also support our species and habitat survey work depending on your skill set.

To be successful you will need to be highly focused, persistent, and patient, capable of handling a diverse workload, fully up to date with wildlife and planning legislation, survey guidelines and policy. You will be a critical thinker and able to spot new opportunities. You will need to be prepared to back your decisions and advice up with clear evidence and data. You will act as an effective advocate at meetings including potential public enquiry appearances and be an effective advocate at meetings including potential appearances at public enquiries.


In this role you will

  • Provide ecological advice to local planning authorities across the south of Derbyshire to ensure that the decisions they take are in full accordance with legislation, policy, best practice, and national and local biodiversity objectives.

  • Ensure that the planning system and development are delivering Biodiversity Net Gain in accordance with best practice and delivering for the local nature recovery networks.

  • Monitor the outcomes of our planning work and Biodiversity Net Gain

About you

This role might be right for you if:

  • You thrive in a role where you can make a real difference for wildlife through the planning system and the opportunities that Biodiversity Net Gain can provide

  • You have extensive experience of protected species and habitat surveys

  • You have worked on Biodiversity Net Gain assessments and understand planning policy and process

  • You have excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • You have a firm all-round knowledge of wildlife and wildlife legislation

We are happy to talk flexible working!

This role will be based at our office in Middleton although a balance of home and office working will be allowed. We are a local charity so applicants should be easily able to access our office and other locations around the county.

Interviews are planned for Monday 19th December

For more information please refer to the job description and key terms attached. If you have any questions about the role which are not answered in the attached documents, or require adjustments to the application process, please either email or call 01773 881188.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

We’re a small charity, with big ideas! We believe that everyone has their part to play in Nature’s recovery. We are the only organisation in Derbyshire working to protect and enhance wildlife and wild places throughout the county but through our work with businesses, other conservation charities, and the public we are mobilising others across the county and the rest of the UK to act for wildlife. As are a registered Charity, we are supported by 16,000 members and are part of a movement of 46 Trusts with a collective membership of over 800,000.

Our purpose is to achieve our vision of a Wilder Derbyshire by creating Nature Recovery Networks and reintroducing lost species. We aim to deliver our vision by leading Nature’s Recovery, inspiring people, and communities to care and mobilising people to act. All our work is underpinned by our values.

Our Charity is growing, we currently employ 80 people and, crucially, we are supported by over 500 volunteers. We have three delivery teams; Wilder Landscapes, Wilder Communities and Income Generation, supported by the Finance and Resources team. Each team has a Department Lead who reports to the Chief Executive who is responsible for the operations of the Trust and who, in turn, reports to the Board of Trustees which governs the organisation.

We’re committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and believe that everyone should have access to nature. We expect people to work harmoniously with each other and with volunteers, and to provide help and guidance to others when needed. As a small charity, our employees need to be willing to be flexible about working arrangements and willing to provide occasional cover for absent staff. We want people to develop professionally and personally while working with us and employees are encouraged to participate in the range of opportunities available to enable this.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is an equal opportunities employer that strives to be a diverse and inclusive environment in which everyone is valued. We welcome applications from eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We recognise that our workforce needs to represent the communities and people we work with. We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups within Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the wider charity and conservation sector, such as people from Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds and those who identify as LGBTQ+.