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Berkshire Biodiversity Officer OCC263248

Job details


Salary range: £22,627 - £30,451 per annum

Work location: Speedwell House, Oxford

Hours per week: 37 – we are open to discussions about flexible working

Contract type: Permanent 

Closing date: Sunday 12th December 2021

Interview date: Early January




Are you an experienced habitat and plant surveyor that wants to survey a diverse range of habitats in Berkshire and Oxfordshire? If you are confident to liaise with our clients to plan, agree and deliver an annual programme to survey and evaluate a sample of the best habitats in Berkshire then this could be a great role for you. Would you like to be the Berkshire Biodiversity Officer at TVERC?



About us


TVERC collects, analyses and shares biodiversity and geodiversity information in Berkshire and Oxfordshire in order to help people make sound decisions about how to develop and manage land sustainably, where to direct wildlife conservation work and for scientific education and research. See www.tverc.org.



About the role


In your role as Berkshire Biodiversity Officer you will take ownership of delivering our annual Local Wildlife Sites (LWS) project for Berkshire. This involves you working with the local authorities to agree a survey plan for the year, including existing and potential Local Wildlife Sites. You will find and contact the landowners to obtain permission to survey each site. You will perform habitat surveys and compile plant species lists for each site.  After the field work is complete you will, digitise your records in GIS and the species database, write up reports and make assessments against the Local Wildlife Site criteria. Then you will arrange a panel meeting to review your findings for each site and make decisions about the status and actions for each site. Finally, you will communicate the decisions to the appropriate bodies.


We are a small team, and you will also have the opportunity to be involved in other survey and ecological data projects across Berkshire and Oxfordshire. This is likely to include surveying and condition assessment work for Biodiversity Net Gain projects in our areas amongst a range of other projects.



About you


You will be a competent and confident botanical and habitat surveyor, used to working independently to plan, complete and write up surveys of lowland habitats. A number of the habitats you will survey could be Habitats of Principal importance so knowing how to identify these in the field is key.


Your survey work can be remote and will generally survey alone so you must be able to travel independently to the survey sites and be comfortable surveying as a lone worker across varied terrains.


You will need to communicate what you find to a diverse audience, including landowners and the LWS panel. So being able to present this both verbally and by produce well written reports including GIS maps, species lists, and photographs is important.


Much of your work will be completed independently but as TVERC is a small team there are lots of opportunities to enjoy collaborating especially with other projects and supporting volunteers.


If you already have experience of NVC surveys, UK Hab classification surveys or Biodiversity Net Gain condition assessments that would be a bonus as this is a growing area of projects for us.



Rewards and benefits


It really is true that every single job role here contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our county - we want to do this for our employees too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours and the use of technology to support agile working. We offer some of the very best learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development.


We have a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us up to 32 days, as well as giving you the option to buy additional holiday. You will also have access to a Local Government Pension Scheme with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of your salary; a range of local and national retail discounts; and a host of enhanced family friendly policies including carers leave and paid time off for volunteering.



Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria.


For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Steve Wilkes (Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre Director) on Steve.Wilkes@Oxfordshire.gov.uk or 07917 921410.



Application Procedure


To apply, you will need to complete an online application form. This includes a section asking you to explain how you meet the role requirements, as specified in the job posting. You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form; however, it is not mandatory.


If you are short listed, you will be invited for an interview which will include a field exercise and plant id test. The details of the exercise will be shared with candidates if they have been shortlisted.


Initial interviews will be with a panel from TVERC and are expected to last for approximately one hour.


If you experience any difficulties whilst completing the application form, please contact the Recruitment Team using Recruitment Application Enquiry Form



Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion


At Oxfordshire County Council we are proud of our diverse workforce. Everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for staff.


Our commitment to safeguarding


Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment.

We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect these commitments.


Guaranteed interviews


As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. We are also committed to helping and supporting those transitioning from HM Armed Forces to civilian life and guarantee an interview for those demonstrating the essential criteria for the role, within three years of leaving the service.


We are open to discussions about flexible working.


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