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Assistant Ecological Consultant

Essex County Council
England, Essex, Chelmsford
Up to £30706 per annum
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

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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.

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.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

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Why Essex?

Essex County Council covers 1,300 square miles 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.

We celebrate difference and work to ensure that no one is disadvantaged when accessing services, employment or public life in Essex. We’re proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interviewing all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. We’re also committed to interviewing all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

Free to deliver big

We recruit creative, ambitious, talented people, and free them up to think – and deliver – big.

We’ve made substantial changes in recent years, reorganising how we’re structured and how we work, so we can protect the most vulnerable and enable our economy to grow. Join us and you’ll be trusted to take control, manage change and make a lasting impact. You’ll be able to call upon external partners and suppliers to help you deliver. More importantly, talented, trailblazing colleagues – including many industry-leaders – will be right by your side to share ideas, knowledge and experience.

Find out how Essex County Council is changing, and how you’ll fit in.

Employee Recognition & Engagement

Here are some of the things we have in place to give our employees a sense of belonging, involvement and recognition. 

Employee Networks:

  • Ethnically Diverse Employee Network (EDEN)
  • Carers Forum 
  • Christian Network 
  • Disabled Employees Network 
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Network
  • Parents Network 
  • Women’s Network
  • Men’s Network
  • Young People and Apprentice Network. 

You Make The Difference’ Awards - giving employees the opportunity to nominate individuals or teams who go above and beyond for our residents.

Employee Surveys – where we listen to the voices of our people and take action on what we hear.

Employee Panels – giving you the opportunity to feed back on a range of policies and initiatives, network with colleagues and influence far-reaching changes.

Learning and Development

We have developed diverse learning opportunities to support our people to grow both personally and professionally. This includes:

  • A large suite of online training and tools
  • Dedicated learning events such as ‘LearnFest’ – our flagship annual celebration of learning
  • Apprenticeships for both new and existing colleagues
  • Financial support to achieve professional qualifications
  • Support from subject matter experts 
  • The opportunity to share your own expertise to up-skill colleagues
  • Leadership and executive coaching
  • Learning on demand
  • Career pathways

Rewards and Benefits

  • Family Friendly flexible Working
  • Generous holiday and special leave allowances (including the option to purchase extra holiday)
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance of three times annual salary
  • Volunteering leave (up to 4 days per year)
  • Employee wellbeing and counselling
  • Travel discounts & season ticket loans
  • Learning and Development opportunities/coaching & mentoring
  • Payment of professional fees for approved professions
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Lease car scheme (dependent on business needs)
  • Up to £8,000 relocation package (subject to terms and conditions)

You’ll also have access to MyReward, a unique platform for Essex County Council employees to gain various discounts and savings.

Your Wellbeing

At Essex County Council we are committed to supporting the wellbeing of our people. We work closely with our employees to provide wellbeing support based on their needs. We strive to enable the right environment, conditions, and behaviours so individual and organisational wellbeing is embedded in everything we do.

Join us and get Inspired to do More.

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