East Riding of Yorkshire Council
An excellent opportunity has arisen within the Planning Service at Team Leader level to lead
our Ecology and Tree Team.
The council is one of the largest and busiest Unitary Authorities in England, with a strong
track record of delivering high quality services on behalf of its residents with a wealth of
varied and interesting landscapes and habitats, including the Yorkshire Wolds, the Heritage
Coast at Flamborough, and the long expansive East Yorkshire coastline ending at Spurn Point at
the mouth of the Humber Estuary.
We are seeking an enthusiastic individual to lead the council’s Ecology and Tree team. This
team provides consultation advice on ecological and arboricultural issues across a range of
planning applications that range in size, type, and complexity, as well as advice to
developers, Members and the general public. In particular the team will advise on ecological
issues such as Habitats Regulations and Biodiversity Net Gain, as well as dealing with Tree
Preservation Orders and applications, and trees in Conservation Areas.
As an experienced Arboriculturalist / Ecologist you will be educated to degree or equivalent
level in a relevant subject. Good communication skills are vital due to the high level of
internal and external stakeholder engagement, as is the ability to prepare and present expert
evidence at appeal and committee meetings. You will also have a detailed understanding of
current legislation, policy, guidance and best practice in relation to tree protection and
You will have a passion for the natural environment as well as Ecology and/ or Arboricultural
related professional experience and the proven the ability to supervise or lead, and motivate,
a professional team.
The Council is based in the beautiful market town of Beverley which is a great place to live
and work (named as one of the top ten places to live in the north of England by the Sunday
Times), with outstanding schools, attractive housing, a spectacular Minster and Westwood and
with a vibrant town centre.
Located close by is the historic Kingston upon Hull, City of Culture 2017, the East Yorkshire
coastline and seaside towns together with the rolling Yorkshire Wolds all of which offer
excellent opportunities for recreation.
If you feel that you meet the requirements of the role and are ready for a new and exciting
challenge in a progressive and ambitious local authority, we would love to hear from you.
BENEFITS: Generous local government pension scheme, paid professional subscriptions, support
for CPD and other training opportunities together with discounted leisure centre membership.
We also operate a blended working approach and flexible working hours, with a mix of office and
home working to suit the needs of the business and employees. We may also be able to offer a
relocation package dependent upon circumstances.
PAY & REWARD: The council is undertaking a review of pay and reward as part of its ambitions
to attract and retain employees by having effective pay and development structures in place to
support modern ways of working and to support the provision of council services which meet
local priorities. Please note that the future terms and conditions of this post may change
following the outcome of this review
For an informal chat please contact James Chatfield, Planning Manager – Strategic, [email protected] or tel (01482)
Advert No: PDEV000203
Closing Date: 2 April 2023
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