BNG Specialist - London

up to £50,000 + Benefits - Planning & Environmental - Environmental
Ref: 451 Date Posted: Monday 15 Jul 2024

NSB Recruitment have a fantastic London based opportunity for a BNG specialist to join innovative young organisation disrupting the Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) industry through dynamic solutions and pioneering strategies. This client has huge plans with its innovative approach and significant client base.
They are seeking a experienced and knowledgeable Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) Specialist to join their team and to help support their clients.

The successful candidate will play a key role in managing and overseeing planning projects, with a particular focus on biodiversity conservation and enhancement. This position requires a deep understanding of biodiversity legislation, the Statutory Metric, policies, and best practices, as well as proven experience in liaising with government bodies such as DEFRA, Natural England, and Local Planning Authorities.

They are a highly entrepreneurial and fast-paced business, so this role will suit someone who is able to take the initiative and help to drive us forwards at this exciting time of growth.

Responsibilities & Tasks

  • Lead and manage planning projects with a specific focus on achieving Biodiversity Net Gain.
  • Provide expert advice and guidance on biodiversity conservation and enhancement measures to internal teams, clients, and stakeholders.
  • Conduct assessments, surveys, and impact evaluations to inform planning decisions and mitigation strategies.
  • Working as part of the in-house ecology team to develop and implement Biodiversity Net Gain strategies and action plans in accordance with relevant legislation, metrics, policies, and guidelines. Liaise with government bodies, including DEFRA and Natural England, to ensure compliance with biodiversity regulations and secure necessary permits or approvals.
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with Local Planning Authorities, conservation organisations, Wildlife Trusts and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams, including ecologists, landscape architects, and engineers, to integrate biodiversity considerations into planning proposals.
  • Stay abreast of emerging trends, research, and developments in biodiversity conservation and planning policy to inform decision-making and best practices.
  • Prepare and present reports including Habitat Management and Monitoring Plans and Biodiversity Gain Plans, presentations, and proposals to clients, regulatory bodies, and community groups as required.
  • Mentor and support junior staff members in understanding and implementing biodiversity related planning processes and requirements.

Ideally You Will Have The Following

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Planning, Environmental Science, Ecology, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in environmental planning.
  • In-depth knowledge of biodiversity legislation, policies, and guidelines, including relevant national and local planning policies.
  • Proven track record of successfully managing planning projects with a focus on biodiversity, including experience in preparing and implementing Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) plans.
  • Strong understanding of ecological principles and methodologies, including habitat assessment, species surveys, and ecological impact assessment.
  • Experience in engaging with government bodies such as DEFRA, Natural England, and Local Planning Authorities, with established contacts and relationships.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to convey complex technical information to diverse audiences effectively.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to assess and mitigate biodiversity impacts within the planning context.
  • Proficiency in relevant software and tools used in planning and biodiversity assessment, such as the Statutory Metric, GIS, ecological modelling software, and Microsoft Office Suite.

Rewards & Benefits

Our client offers a highly competitive salary along with a range of exciting benefits.  This is an exceptional opportunity to join an ambitious business with significant growth plans.  My client offers a lot of training as well as great scope for progression and reward.  You will have significant input into the growth and development of the business. 

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