Community Biodiversity Officer

Salary: £28,639 - £30,475

Job Details: Full time, permanent

We are looking for a Community Biodiversity Officer to join our Trees and Landscapes team. The Trees and Landscape section is based within the Community Services Department. The section comprises of a Landscapes and Leisure Development Manager, Principal Tree and Landscape Officer, two Tree & Landscape Officers, Leisure Contracts and Landscapes Projects Officer and the new Community Biodiversity Officer.

The service is responsible for managing the tree stock within the district; responding to planning applications and providing advice; developing and overseeing Management Plans (Greenspace Action Plans) for key parks and open spaces; and supporting the Council in achieving key objectives linked to the Tree Strategy and the Climate Change & Sustainability Strategy. The section also works closely with the Leisure section within Community Services; Planning Officers within Regulatory services; and colleagues in Legal, Property and Customer Services as well as with a number of community groups.

This is an exciting new role, offering the successful candidate the opportunity to shape community engagement in biodiversity activities across the district. They will be responsible for a range of activities, including planning and delivering a community engagement programme, including activities such as:
- Community tree planting projects
- Guided walks and nature activities for local communities and groups on TRDC open spaces
- School holiday nature activities for families
- Supporting Friends of groups on site with practical conservation sessions
- Assisting with production of a new Biodiversity Strategy for Three Rivers district and supporting delivery of the Councils Tree Strategy, and Climate Change Emergency & Sustainability Strategy Manager
- Leavesden HIVE and the bookings for the building.

You will be based at Leavesden Country Park but with outreach across the district at other sites, including Croxley Common Moor, Chorleywood House Estate, Rickmansworth Aquadrome, and Oxhey Woods. Linking in with other groups such as Hertfordshire Natural History Society; Butterfly Conservation; Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust etc. The role will oversee the marketing and information on the website to inform and update the local community on projects and activities. Management of a small budget for activities and projects will also be required.

The Council are committed to producing a new Biodiversity Strategy and this role will support the development of this, providing advice and guidance, using their knowledge and experience to help shape the key objectives for biodiversity in Three Rivers. The post holder will also be responsible for delivering a number of the actions identified within the action plan.

What we are looking for:-
A motivated, organised and enthusiastic individual, who has the required knowledge, skills and experience to provide advice and guidance on all things biodiversity related and to work with community groups on an exciting and engaging activity programme.

You will have:
- Ecology or Natural Sciences degree or equivalent
- Knowledge of current biodiversity legislation and regulations
- Excellent organisational, planning and project management skills.
- Knowledge of health and safety, particularly in relation to public open spaces and volunteer work Experience At public open spaces and volunteer work
- Experience of delivering Environmental education sessions
- Experience of delivering community/ environmental / biodiversity related projects
- Experience of developing and delivering strategies and actions plans
- Marketing and publicity experience

Current driving licence and personal transport are essential. The successful candidate will be required to be flexible and to work unsocial hours as and when the post demands - weekend working will be required at times in order to deliver community activities.

We offer an excellent benefits package, including competitive salary, 28 days holiday - rising to 30 days, a generous employer contribution pension scheme, life assurance, flexible working, career development, free on-site parking, cycle-to-work scheme, discounted leisure centre membership, employee volunteering schemes and access to discounted activities and days out.

Closing Date: Monday 8th November 2021

Interviews: Thursday 18th November 2021

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Alex Laurie (Principal Trees and Landscapes Officer), (T:) 01923 727350 / (E:)

An Enhanced DBS check will be carried out for this post.

Apply here.