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Headquarters Glenurquhart Road Inverness, IV3 5NX
£37,146 - £40,258 per year
Contract Type:
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Full Time
35 hours per week

Job Description

Post Title: Ecology Officer (Planning) 2 posts (1 Permanent & 1 Fixed Term - 18 months)
Location: Inverness
35 Hours Per Week
£37,146 - £40,258 p.a.

Salary placing will normally be at the first point of the scale.

Contact Person: Andrew Puls Email:

Job Purpose: As part of a small ecology team led by a Senior Ecology Officer, you will provide ecology advice to the planning service, developers and agents on a range of development proposals to secure the best outcomes for biodiversity in accordance with relevant legislation, policy and guidance. You will focus primarily on major and large-scale development proposals, ranging from housing and industrial sites to major infrastructure and renewables schemes. You will provide consistent and proportionate assessment of planning applications, including the review and approval of technical and specialist reports, recommendation of suitable planning conditions and mitigation strategies and the delivery of positive improvements for biodiversity.

You will contribute to policy development and assist the Senior Ecology Officer in preparing responses to local and national consultations as required. You will also respond to enquiries relating to ecology and biodiversity from Council services, elected Members, developers and the public.

Please APPLY ONLINE. If you are unable to apply online and you wish to request an offline application pack, please contact Business Support, T: 01955 608279 (24 hour voicemail) quoting the post reference number above.

Please find the Job Description below.

The Highland Council understands that diversity fosters creativity and innovation. We are committed to equality of opportunity, and being fair and inclusive. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds, representative of the communities we serve and particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be under-represented in our workforce.

As a disability confident employer, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria requirements for the post.

Shortlisted applicants will normally be contacted by email, unless otherwise stated. Please check your emails regularly, including your junk/spam folder.


An honours degree in ecology or a related discipline.  

Evidence of a continuing commitment to personal and professional development. 

Membership of a relevant professional body, or commitment to work towards such. 

A full UK driving licence or access to transport. 

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