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LEAD LICENSING OFFICER
Natural England Wildlife Licensing Service
Natural England’s Wildlife Licensing Service has been created in response to customer demand for more effective and efficient protected species licensing in line with our service standards and the introduction of statutory charging in 2019. The team covers Species Management, European Protected Species, Science and Conservation Licenses among other strands of related activity.
The team is focused on providing high quality processing, assessment and determination of individual and Class licence applications. We also offer chargeable discretionary advice services which can bring considerable benefits to our customers and protected species. All aspects of the licencing life cycle are handled within the team from registration to compliance and enforcement. We work closely with Area Teams and others as appropriate to secure the best outcomes for our natural environment.
In parallel to managing our annual caseload we are always striving to improve our service and find smarter ways to protect our wildlife alongside sustainable growth. This includes developing and refining our licencing processes, the range of services and licence types we can offer and ways of working through reform and continuous improvement.
We operate as five delivery teams which link to thirteen Area Teams and a number of other project delivery teams and directorates which support our ambition.
Natural England’s Conservation Strategy sets out our aspirations and role in delivering multi-objective outcomes at a landscape scale, seeking always to put people at the heart of what we do whilst growing natural capital. We believe that a resilient, dynamic, beautiful natural environment is fundamental to achieving a sustainable growing economy and flourishing society; securing a better deal for people and the environment. Working with partners is central to success, we have developed valuable and productive partnerships over many years and we’ll be developing new relationships and thinking creatively about how to make a lasting improvement to the natural environment.
For a full list of offices please refer to the following webpage: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/natural-england-office-locations.
As a Wildlife Licensing Service Lead Adviser, you will use your knowledge and skills in protected species surveying techniques, practical wildlife management and habitat conservation to drive forward our ability to deliver a landscape scale plan for better and more joined up habitat improvement and creation for protected species.
Undertake technical assessment of a wide range of licence applications for science and conservation, damage and development under a range of legislation including: Wildlife & Countryside Act (1981), Conservation of Habitats & Species Regulations (2017), and Protection of Badgers Act (1992).
Provide an efficient, customer-focused and responsive service working within statutory and agreed deadlines while maintaining good working relationships with Natural England’s partners and stakeholders;
Be part of an integrated delivery team and work with colleagues in other teams in order to provide an efficient service in accordance with Natural England’s objectives.
Use good judgement to identify emerging problems in this sensitive area of work, and provide balanced and consistent guidance and recommendations to the team on complex or contentious cases, liaising with Specialists, Senior Advisers and others as appropriate.
Promote a culture of continuous improvement in Wildlife Management Advice and Licensing by adopting and helping take forward Better Regulation principles.
Provide effective, clear and pragmatic advice and information to customers on a wide range of wildlife related issues to Natural England’s customers and partners in order to support Natural England’s statutory responsibilities and wider ambition.
Monitor licence activity and ensure compliance with licence conditions via desk based and site visits; escalating enforcement issues as appropriate.
Work with NGOs, consultant ecologists, developers and other customers towards the best outcome for the species;
Pro-actively engage to meet the changing nature of licensing work so that our species regulatory advice makes an optimal contribution to species conservation outcomes, fully implementing our Conservation Strategy.
Identify opportunities around income generation, draw up contracts and work with customers on pre application advice
There will be opportunities to develop strategic solutions at a landscape-scale for greater benefits for protected species for example district level licensing for Great Crested Newts.
There will be the potential to be involved in other discreet elements of our work such as the investigation of suspected wildlife poisoning incidents and species enforcement.
Apply risk assessment and safe working practices to everything you do.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills to enable effective communication with a range of internal and external customers are highly desirable.
Ability to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, E-mail & digital imagery.
Communicating effectively - Practitioner
Use clear and appropriate language, communication styles and techniques that engage your audience
Communicate complex or difficult messages clearly and effectively
Creating Resilient Landscapes and Seas - Practitioner
Interpret and apply to your work the policies, legislation, and guidance on wildlife protection and management
Assess environmental impacts and identify appropriate avoidance, mitigation and/or compensation methods
Apply technical knowledge to your work
Provide good quality and easily understood advice for the appropriate management of species
Deliver compliance and enforcement work consistently in line with our strategy and guidance
Carry out and contribute to relevant monitoring work
Putting people at the heart of the environment (Practitioner)
Make sure customers’ problems are resolved whilst managing customer expectations
Develop an understanding of the objectives and needs of our partners and customers
Collaborate, influence and build trusting relationships to achieve pragmatic outcomes
Understand and explain the outcomes that we seek in your local patch and how these fit in with local and national issues
Proactively engage with businesses and communities to resolve human/wildlife conflicts
Work Delivery (practitioner)
Manage and deliver your work to meet agreed targets and deadlines
Provide advice and guidance to colleagues
Understand and apply relevant legislation and scheme rules to your work
Handle data responsibly, understand your role in good governance, and comply with delegations, policies and procedures
Consider the financial implications of your work and seek income from our products and services
Personal Effectiveness- (practitioner)
Identify, suggest and adopt ways to make improvements in your team and Natural England.
Be decisive, combine your professional judgement with evidence to inform your decision-making.
Act positively to support the diverse needs of other people in everything you do.
Progress your personal development and take responsibility for keeping your knowledge and expertise current
Address challenging issues and manage conflict
Technical/ Specialist knowledge
At least a first degree in zoology, environmental science or other relevant scientific subject at level 2ii or higher, or evidence of equivalent relevant experience;
Expertise (survey and mitigation) in European Protected Species (e.g. bats and great crested newts) is highly desirable;
A sound knowledge of British vertebrate species, together with an area of biological expertise that will contribute to the delivery of this work area are highly desirable;
A working knowledge of the relevant wildlife legislation (e.g. Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, Protection of Badgers Act 1992, Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017) is highly desirable;
Membership of relevant professional body is desirable;
Membership and/or volunteering experience of naturalists groups is desirable;
A knowledge of wildlife management techniques is desirable
At least a first degree in zoology, environmental science or other relevant scientific subject at level 2ii or higher, or evidence of equivalent relevant experience
Access to learning and development tailored to your role
A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options
A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity
A civil service pension
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