Biodiversity Officer - LB Hackney

Region: London

Job Number: HCAA01857

Agreement Type: Permanent

Work Pattern: Full Time

Contracted Hours: 36

Grade: PO2

SCP Range: £43,824 – £44,862

We know that staff are key to our success and we are seeking people with ambition, creativity and commitment to our values to help us achieve the best for the people of Hackney.

The London Borough of Hackney has the largest expanse of green spaces in inner London. We have 58 parks, gardens and open spaces ranging from the largest concentration of football pitches in Europe at Hackney Marshes, to the beautiful historic setting of Springfield and Clissold parks.

29 of our parks have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award. Based within our Climate, Homes and Economy directorate, our Leisure, Parks and Green Spaces Service ensures that all of Hackney’s parks and green spaces are safe, accessible for all and inviting to use.

We require the services of a Biodiversity Officer to work in our Parks Development team. You will assist the Parks Development Manager and Grounds Maintenance Team to deliver the park-related elements of the Council’s recently adopted Local Nature Recovery Plan [].

You will understand the importance of biodiversity in an inner city environment and will help ensure biodiversity improvements get support from politicians, stakeholders and the wider community. Working as a Biodiversity Officer in Hackney provides unique opportunities to work closely with a number of stakeholders to improve habitats for nature and wildlife across the borough.

You will be involved in developing physical improvements to our parks. You will liaise with the community to develop a series of biodiversity-related park improvement projects across a number of sites. You will have experience working in a similar role, including some knowledge of running biodiversity-related volunteering projects.

You will ideally have demonstrable budget management, project management and fundraising experience, plus excellent communication skills. Experience working with the community is vital, preferably working with park user groups.

A self-starter able to work on your own initiative or part of a team, you will be comfortable working outside normal working hours and willing to work across the borough.

There is no better place to work in London than Hackney; we have great pride in our borough, our communities, and our services. Hackney is one of London’s most vibrant and diverse boroughs. It’s one of the most sought after areas to live in London with good schools, parks and local amenities, as well as great transport links and vibrant and diverse communities.

If you want to work in a place where you can represent our values so we achieve the best for our residents, please click on the apply button below.

The recruitment process is anonymous. Therefore, we do not accept supporting statements or CVs.

When applying, there will be a number of questions relating to the post on the application form. It is essential that you complete the application questions, responding to each using examples of your skills, knowledge and experience.

We will not accept applications where Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been used to assist with completing the competency questions or any part of the application form.

This application process replaces a supporting statement.

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.

The Council has a dedicated employment support service (Hackney Works), which offers Hackney residents guidance in relation to applying for jobs. If you are thinking about applying for a job, please contact the Hackney Works team to find out what support is available:

Closing date for applications: 27 March 2024 (22:59)

Interview date: W/c 15 April 2024

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