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Countryside Officer GCN District Licensing Scheme

***Please note this job has now expired***
Contract typeTemporary
Contract length
OrganisationMilton Keynes Council
LocationMilton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Salary£ 29,055 - £ 33,136
Hours37 hours per week

Job details

Milton Keynes is a rapidly expanding, vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and play. How better to contribute to that continued success than through a unique and rewarding career with Milton Keynes Council. So if you’re looking for an excellent benefits package and the chance to make a difference, make a move to Milton Keynes Council.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an externally funded Countryside Officer (initially for two years with the expectation of extension) to work on a nationally important and ground-breaking new project within the Landscape Services team at Milton Keynes Council. The Landscape Services team delivers an Ecology service, working with both private and NGO sectors, to help deliver a step-change in the conservation of great crested newts and to deliver ecosystem services, landscape management projects across Milton Keynes as well as advise on ecology for new developments.

The District Licence scheme has been designed and administered by NatureSpace (a private sector company), is adopted by the Local Planning Authorities, is regulated and approved by Natural England, and is supported by the country's leading amphibian NGOs - the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust and the Freshwater Habitats Trust. The habitat creation is being delivered by a new not-for-profit Community Benefit Society - the South Midlands Newt Conservation Partnership which works with landowners to create and manage new ponds and habitats.

 The main requirements of the role are:

 1.  Raise general awareness of the District licensing scheme

  • with developers and their consultants and ecologists – through LPA websites, literature etc
  • within the LPA - promote the scheme, and the newt conservation strategy, across all appropriate staff.

 2.  Enable good planning decisions

  • Ensure LPA planning staff are familiar with the scheme and the process (dealing with NatureSpace certificates and reports)
  • Provide specific advice to LPA planners on any NatureSpace Partnership reports
  1. Provide a point of contact for newt-related matters for the LPA to liaise with NatureSpace Partnership, the South Midlands Newt Conservation Partnership and Natural England as required
  1. Ensure relevant Planning Authority staff and Members are informed of the outputs and outcomes of the scheme, as appropriate.

Milton Keynes Council Benefits

Use your skills to benefit the local community and experience a rewarding, interesting environment and attractive employment package such as:

  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Family friendly policies including enhanced Maternity, Adoption and Paternity entitlements.
  • Excellent in-house management development programmes
  • Flexibility – with full time, part time and term time working options.
  • MK Advantage benefits package – a range of savings including retail, travel and leisure discounts as well as a suite of salary sacrifice benefits.

For further details and to apply, please visit the Milton Keynes Council Careers website and fill in the application form. Closing date for receipt of applications: 31st August 2018

This post is being re-advertised, previous applicants need not apply.

Closing date2018-08-17