Technical Officer position at NatureSpace, UK

NatureSpace are recruiting for a Technical Officer Role – to find out more on the position please read below.

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Open position: Technical Officer

Job type: Full Time, fixed term contract (initially for 1 year but with the expectation of renewal)

No. of positions: 1

Organisation's name: NatureSpace

Location: UK

Closure date: 10/August/2020 5pm

About organisation:

NatureSpace Partnership is a small, growing company.  The successful candidate will be joining a friendly, close-working team of home-workers.  The post holder will have responsibility for managing their own workload and working independently, as part of a dispersed national team.  The post requires high levels of motivation and high standards of self-management (time recording etc. will be required).  Location is to be agreed – this post will be mainly desk based but with some site visits and travelling to meetings required. 

Required Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  • A relevant degree (e.g. in ecology, environmental management, environmental geography)
  • Knowledge and understanding of ecological impact assessment and/or biodiversity in planning
  • A genuine enthusiasm for ecology and conservation in the UK

Job Responsibilities:

This is an exciting opportunity for an early-career graduate to work on a ground-breaking project, working to deliver a step-change in the conservation of great crested newts. 

This role would suit an early-career graduate looking to join a small, friendly company that is working with planning authorities and NGOs to deliver better conservation outcomes.  The postholder will use GIS to analyse impacts of development on great crested newts, following defined processes and protocols.  Attention to detail and a meticulous approach to assessments, report writing, and recording, as well as the ability to work within strict deadlines, are paramount for this post.   Training and guidance will be provided, and day-to-day support will be available for all aspects of the work.

Main duties:

  1. The Technical Officer will work within the NatureSpace Technical Team, providing accurate quotes, assessments, reports and certificates in line with the deadlines, standards and critical requirements of the district licensing scheme.  All work to be conducted and delivered to the high standards expected of NatureSpace staff.

2. The Technical Officer will need to liaise in a professional, confident and knowledgeable manner with:

  • Developers (prospective and current clients)
  • Ecologists and environmental/planning consultants
  • Local Planning Authority GCN officers, ecologists and planners
  • The Newt Conservation Partnership
  • NatureSpace colleagues
  • Other interested stakeholders

3. The Technical Officer will be required to complete casework administration to agreed standards and processes, including:

  • Daily maintenance of up-to-date live casework tracking and recording systems
  • Data management, e.g. to record habitat and impact information

4. The Technical Officer will be required to undertake or assist with further technical work for the company where required, for example:

  • client meetings, where appropriate, to discuss case specific examples
  • website and other media maintenance and updates
  • mapping work for publications, presentations, etc as required
  • internal IT support

5. The Technical Officer will need a close working relationship with the Technical Lead and other Technical Officers, the Conservation Director and Newt Officers to ensure that assessments are accurate, informed, communicated effectively and work well within the planning and licensing framework.  

6. The Technical Officer will be responsible for managing their own workload and working independently, as part of a small national team. We are a friendly, close-working team of home-workers. There will be high levels of personal flexibility and responsibility given, but equally high standards of self-management (time recording etc) will be required. The Technical Officer will need to be an organised, motivated and a mature ‘self-starter’, able to manage multiple ongoing tasks. Full training and guidance will be provided for all functions, and day-to-day support will be available for all aspects of the work.

7. Any other duties and functions as are deemed necessary to best implement the District Licensing scheme on behalf of NatureSpace.

Compensation: £24,000 pa

To apply: 

Send your CV and a covering letter to before 5pm on Friday 10th August 2020 – Subject heading Technical Officer Vacancy.

You will be notified by 17th August if you have been selected for interview. Interviews will be held (virtually) on Tuesday 25th August.

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Thirza Loffeld

WildHub Community Manager, WildTeam UK

My background is mainly in species conservation, education and capacity development. For several years, I researched mother-young interactions in gorillas and chimpanzees, in captivity and the wild. After that, I worked for three years in Indonesia, where I developed and implemented youth ambassador and community engagement programmes on local and regional scales. These programmes are aimed at building conservation capacity and promoting stewardship. I currently conduct my PhD research on the professional development of conservation professionals and work as Community Manager at WildHub.
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