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Principal Officer - Ecology and Biodiversity

Salary:See vacancy description

Service Unit:City Development

Closing Date:10/07/2022

Post Number:CD12

Contract type: Permanent 

Hours: Part Time - 22.2 hours per week

Location: Civic Centre, Exeter

Salary: £39571-£41591 (Grade K) pro rata

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We’re growing!

Exeter is the second fastest growing city in the UK and we have plans to deliver 12,000 homes in the next 20 years. To keep pace we are bucking the trend and investing in all three of our Planning Teams. To support this we are looking for an experienced planning ecologist to join our growing team. 

 About you

You will be passionate about delivering environmental enhancement, ensuring that quality habitats and biodiversity are properly taken into account in schemes. You will be adept at interpreting plans and analysing reports, and working with other professionals and stakeholders, including giving advice to developers. You will have a degree or other recognised qualification relating to ecology and biodiversity and ideally be a member of CIEEM.

About the role

You will be the Council's ecology and biodiversity specialist, working on development proposals from inception to completion. You will be responsible for environmental enhancement schemes, and will give advice to others involved on ecological matters. You will assist officers in planning both in applications and appeals, and you will be expected to attend a range of meetings, including Committees and others with elected Members. You will also contribute to the formulation of relevant policies, where your specialist knowledge will be very important. 

About the team

This role sits in the Major Projects team in City Development, reflecting how serious the City Council sees ecology and biodiversity.

We apply a One Team mindset – our City Development service comprises of 4 core functions - Development Management covering both major and householders projects, Building Control including Land Charges and our new Local Plans and Policy team. 

Although differentiated by their technical specialisms throughout the 4 functions there is a strong appreciation for collaborative working and each area working to support our shared objectives as a service.  

We are a high performing service - in 2022 our Land Charges team were recognised for their exceptional customer service, coming 5th place out of 326 Local Authority Land Charges Teams in the Customer Satisfaction Award at the annual Awards for Excellence hosted by Land Data and in 2019 were highly commended in the Most Improved Services category. Our planning teams were recently  shortlisted for three national/regional awards.

We value development of our people – we have supported some of our undergraduate level Project Managers through successfully obtaining their Masters in Town and Country Planning. In Building Control we have fully qualified Project Managers who started their careers with us as Building Control Apprentices and we regularly host work experience placements to support the development of wider community members.

What next?

If we sound like the right fit for you and you feel like the right fit for us we would welcome your application. Please click on the Apply button at the bottom of this page.

Alternatively if you would like to find out more about the post, the team or working with us at the Council please contact Matthew Diamond, Assistant Service Lead Development Management (Major Projects) via email at

Interviews to be held 20th & 22nd July 2022.

Our commitment

At Exeter City Council we are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve.

To support this commitment we will strive to implement reasonable adjustments to support any members of our communities who face barriers in recruitment processes, irrespective of the reason.

We are also proud to be a Disability Confident Employer and have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

If you would like further information on this please contact our HR Team at

Exeter City Council is a Mindful Employer



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Last updated 14 June 2022