Environmental Officer employment with London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

The role

Do you like working in a team? Are you passionate about nature conservation? Do you have experience in nature conservation management?

If that is the case…

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Green Policy and Planning Officer to join our Environment and Community Services in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. You will play a key role in influencing and implementing ecology-related policy and implementing the identification, augmentation and enhancement of habitats for flora and fauna in our various parks and open spaces.

Our goals and vision

The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames is considered one of London’s greenest boroughs and has one of the largest parks and open spaces in the country.

In 2020, the Council finalized the Climate Emergency Strategy and the Air Quality Action Plan, both of which detail the ambition to tackle climate change and reduce air pollution. The Parks team has always been environmentally focused, with nature conservation at the heart of how we deliver our services.

About the team

The successful candidate will join a dynamic, ambitious and experienced parks team that actively engages with stakeholders and residents to ensure our parks and open spaces meet the needs of the local community.

The parks team is very supportive and works closely with service-related contractors, community groups and volunteer groups, to identify needed improvements and ensure our parks and open spaces are safe and welcoming for all. .

The Civic Center is based in the heart of Twickenham and the role will involve a mix of office and remote working.

About the role

As the Green Policy and Planning Officer, you will work as part of the wider Parks team and be responsible for playing a proactive role in formulating and implementing the Council’s environmental work. ecology and biodiversity, in partnership with agents from other departments, statutory and non-statutory nationals. bodies, elected officials and the local community.

You will be responsible for ensuring compliance with Council’s statutory obligations in relation to planning applications and nature conservation policy.

You will report to the Head of Parks Services and assist in the implementation of ecology-related policy and provide advice and expertise on ecology and biodiversity in relation to planning decisions, development of plans, policy documents and business projects.

You will also support the Parks team by advising and representing the Council on all matters relating to ecology and biodiversity, keeping abreast of all relevant legislation, developments and trends within the park industry. nature conservation in order to carry out various improvement projects and support in the continuous improvement of the service.

You will use your skills, knowledge and experience to establish and maintain good working relationships with our stakeholders, contractors and residents.

To be shortlisted for an interview, your CV and statement of support will indicate:

  • Knowledge of the management system in relation to protected places, priority habitats and protected and priority species.
  • Knowledge of ecological principles such as the “mitigation hierarchy” and familiarity with BS42020
  • Knowledge of Environmental Law and BNG Principles
  • Demonstrated experience in nature conservation management and relevant policies and legislation.
  • Experience successfully delivering a high level of projects under multiple and competing deadlines
  • Experience in dealing with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, community groups, residents and central government offices to improve results and service delivery
  • Relevant ecological qualification


We recognize the importance of a good work-life balance, which is why we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including working from home, compressed or part-time hours, term only, job sharing and other arrangements. Please simply let us know in your application or at any stage of the process (and beyond) if these are options you would like to explore.

We also offer a generous 39 days paid vacation pay (pro-rated) including statutory holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities. In addition, we offer a full range of staff benefits such as local government pension plan membership, childcare vouchers, new technology program, interest-free loans on annual travel cards , discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

To apply, click on the Apply now link below.

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