Parks Biodiversity Officer
Do you want to work for an organisation whose aim is to enrich lives and strengthen communities? If so, Enable Leisure and Culture is recruiting a Parks Biodiversity Officer to support our Parks Team.
Contract Type: Full Time, Permanent
Closing date: 31 October 2021
An amazing opportunity has arisen for a Biodiversity Officer to work in our expanding and enthusiastic team.
If you are a passionate, dynamic and organised individual, with a keen interest in biodiversity, you could be the person to lead on our practical habitat management works across the London Borough of Wandsworth.
Enable Leisure and Culture are responsible for the management of parks and green spaces on behalf of Wandsworth Council. From the iconic Battersea Park, historically important local parks such as King George’s and Wandsworth Park and habitat rich open spaces such as Wandsworth and Tooting Commons, there is variety and wealth of green space that rivals any borough within Greater London.
Based at the Parks Office, Wandsworth Common, your duties will involve the day-to-day management of our horticultural grounds maintenance contractor to ensure the high-quality management of habitat within the boroughs 32 parks and open spaces.
You must have experience in contract management or work with/directing contractors or directly supervising staff. You will also have relevant practical experience working in a biodiversity/grounds maintenance, ecology or conservation service environment with experience of supervising/managing habitat creation.
Enable Leisure and Culture has committed to be the best employer it can be. Supporting, nurturing and developing all staff is a key strategic aim of the organisation and this is reflected in everything we do. Along with a competitive salary, we offer a supportive environment for personal and professional growth and development which is demonstrated through;
- 25 Days Annual Leave
- Flexible working
- Pension Scheme
- Free Gym membership
- Eyecare vouchers
- Season ticket loan
- Cycle to work scheme
- Ongoing training
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Weekly Office Fruit baskets
- ‘Staff Treats’ discount vouchers with known high street brands
- Regular social events
- Weekly Wellbeing hour
We are unable to provide sponsorship for this post. In order to apply for this post, you must demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.
Diversity is valued at Enable Leisure and Culture and is important in the work that we do. Applications from all sections of the community are welcome and will be considered on merit. Should you have a disability and require any additional support or if you have any questions regarding the above role, please contact us at email@example.com.
- Responsible to Parks Operations Manager for the day to day management of the biodiversity function of the Parks Maintenance Contract across the borough’s Parks and Open Spaces.
- Set objectives for habitat management, creation and enhancement taking into consideration biosecurity issues, mitigation techniques and resolving conflicting constraints to achieve positive outcomes for biodiversity.
- Co-ordinate production of habitat improvement plans and oversee delivery of appropriate organisations when implementing associated site works.
- Indirectly supervise up to 90 staff employed by private contractors, on all aspects of the horticultural and cleaning of Parks, Commons, Sports Fields and Highways Amenity, with particular emphasis on promoting biodiversity on sites throughout the borough. This responsibility is shared with others.
- Working in partnership with Officers and colleagues to ensure the implementation of ecological improvements as part of the wider standard horticultural maintenance operations.
- Carry out daily inspections (in the field) of contractors’ routine and non-routine work. Ensure compliance with the contract specification and ad-hoc works.
- Responsible for recording all relevant information from site visits and inspections, contractual documentation and issuing of notices in respect of performance failures and reporting these to the Senior Contract Officer.
- Liaise with the contractor and Client Officers as required, attending meetings and producing reports related to any specified works.
- Identify areas where damage may have occurred and provide recommendations for remedial works, as well as providing improvement proposals in general which are in line with the overall objectives of the Parks service.
- Supervise the appropriate organisations in respect of the routine management of habitat areas ensuring compliance with contract specifications and specific task instructions with particular regard to works to woodlands and scrub; grasslands and meadows; water bodies and associated wildfowl populations, fish populations and aeration machinery.
- Work with key volunteer groups to deliver public involvement in habitat management where appropriate.
- Support other land managers within Wandsworth Council (e.g. Housing), outside agencies and other key landowners within the borough to ensure effective consideration of biodiversity and appropriate habitat management.
- Assist with maintaining an up-to-date evidence base of the habitats and species across the entire (geographical) borough in particular protected sites, protected and priority species and priority habitats.
- Co-ordinate volunteer biological recorders and manage biological records ensuring links with GiGL and appropriate networks are maintained and enhanced.
- Assist with providing technical ecological advice on planning applications that may impact on protected sites, priority habitats or species.
- Respond to requests for information on wildlife from other services, stakeholders and partner organisations and from members of the public.
- In conjunction with colleagues, promote biodiversity awareness and understanding through interpretation (on site and on line) and public engagement activities.
Parks Service general:
- Responsible for assisting with the performance monitoring of the grounds maintenance contractor.
- Ensure that all complaints and enquiries are dealt with in accordance with Enable Leisure & Culture policies, providing a prompt resolution/response.
- Ensuring compliance of contractors and other agencies working within the contract area to relevant health and safety guidance. Being aware of and continually developing knowledge of current legislation.
- Undertakes other related duties as directed by the Head of Parks including the provision of advice/assistance to other departmental services.
- Assist with the delivery of Events held within Parks and Open spaces throughout the borough ensuring minimum impacts on open spaces, supervision/monitoring of sub-contractors, identifying/raising concerns over any impacts and rectifying any operational issues as they arise.
- The Contract requirements extend to 7 days a week, and some out of normal hours working and flexibility will be required for this role.
- Be educated to degree level (or equivalent qualification) or appropriate experience in a directly related post. (ecology, applied ecology, environmental land management, amenity horticultural, conservation and biodiversity, aquatic science)
- Have experience of working in a biodiversity or landscape management environment: supervising / managing habitat creation, management and enhancement programmes; undertaking habitat condition assessments; participating in the production and delivery of site wide management plans.
- Be confident in evaluating risk assessments and proposed methods of working by a range of contractors and utilities companies carrying out projects in open spaces, providing analysis of both and understanding the impact of works in the context of biodiversity/landscape management.
- Be fully proficient in the use of word, excel, outlook and bespoke systems, plus some experience of GIS and mapping software.
- Proven ability to manage the day to day performance of contractors in a biodiversity or landscape context in accordance with a detailed specification.
- Proven ability to collect and maintain comprehensive, accurate records including budgetary information, maps, works instructions, and environmental monitoring data
- Experience of contributing technical information in a form suitable for successful funding bids and delivering work in accordance with a grant fund conditions alongside local aspirations and ongoing commitments.
- Proven ability to liaise with / supervise third parties such as statutory undertakers undertaking work in sensitive locations.
Skills and abilities:
- Excellent communication skills, including a demonstrable ability to analyse technical information and re-present it (written and verbal) to a varied non-specialist audience such as other land managers, friends’ groups, and site visitors.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build working relationships with a diverse range of partners including managing staff and volunteers delivering practical land management and / or biological recording
- The ability to work independently using your own initiative and prioritise effectively whilst at the same time working collaboratively as part of a team on common goals and shared projects to ensure the work programme is delivered effectively.
- Be able to travel efficiently around Wandsworth daily and able to work occasional additional early morning, evenings and weekends as operational requirements dictate, for which time off in lieu will be given.
- 25 Days Annual Leave
- Flexible Working
- Pension Scheme
- Eyecare Vouchers
- Free Gym membership
- On-site shower facilities
- Season Ticket Loan
- Cycle to Work scheme
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Weekly fruit basket
- Staff Treats
- Weekly Wellbeing Hour
- And more!