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Senior Biodiversity Officer OCC616232

Job details


Salary range: £43,421 - £46,464 per annum

Work location: County Hall, Oxford 

Please note we are actively looking at our ways of working using everything we have learnt and heard from our employees about the organisational and personal benefits of agile working.  What you can absolutely expect from working at OCC is that you will have the support to do your job and deliver great results, wherever you are based.  Each role at OCC is different and we know the needs of individuals are also varied, and so our approach to where and how often we would like to see you in person will be taken depending on the requirements of the role and in collaboration with you as part of the recruitment process.

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

Contract type: Permanent


Closing date: Monday 1st July 2024

Interview date: Friday 12th July 2024


Help us deliver positive ecological outcomes from development and support Oxfordshire’s ambitions for nature recovery

About us


Oxfordshire is a county with a complex landscape supporting an interesting variety of habitats influenced by diverse geology and river systems. Oxfordshire County Council have acknowledged the county is facing a climate and ecological emergency; our partners and communities are also passionate about nature recovery, but our natural environment faces many challenges.


That’s why we’re looking to expand our Landscape and Nature Recovery Team, developing a supportive environment in which staff can successfully apply, and increase, their knowledge and experience to help nature’s recovery. 

About the role


You’ll champion the County Council’s biodiversity interests and become recognised as an authority on these matters at county level, playing a key role in delivery of positive ecological outcomes through the planning process for minerals, waste and infrastructure applications.


There will be opportunities to be involved in a wide variety of nature recovery work as we develop the Council’s biodiversity policies, implement biodiversity net gain, support our other service areas and work with partners on a Local Nature Recovery Strategy.

About you


You’ll have applied knowledge of UK species and habitats and experience of providing ecological input into the planning process, with a thorough knowledge of how to apply relevant legislation, policies and strategies.


You’ll also be a strong communicator, with good negotiating and problem solving skills.

Rewards and benefits


  • Culture of flexible working
  • Technology to support agile working where role permits
  • Up to 33 days holiday p.a. plus bank holidays
  • Option to ‘buy’ additional holiday
  • Employee Assistance Programme including access to health and wellbeing support
  • Membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, with an employer’s contribution of up to 19.9%
  • Enhanced family friendly policies
  • Local and national discounts for shopping and travel
  • Great learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development

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 Beccy Micklem, Landscape and Nature Recovery Team Leader at 

Application Procedure


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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 reassignment, 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:
Guaranteed Interview Schemes

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.

Our commitment to:

Oxfordshire County Council are 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.

Our commitment to:
Flexible Working

We are open to discussions about flexible working, which can include flexi-time, part time working, job sharing, nine-day fortnights and annualised hours, depending on the requirements of the role and the service.

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