Green Infrastructure Planning Officer - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £34,698 per annum
Closing date: 05 Dec 2022
Location: Countywide
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 9937
Role: Environments and Public Services
About the role

Green Infrastructure Planning Officer

Fixed Term, Full Time

Up to £34,698 per annum

Location: Countywide

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 5th December 2022

Please note this is a fixed-term contract to June 2023.

Working as part of the Council’s Environment and Climate Action Programme. This programme will deliver a suite of projects to address the impacts of climate change. By reducing the level of greenhouse gas emissions and building resilience to those changes which are already inevitable between now and 2050.

Working as part of the Climate Adaption and Mitigation team, the post holder will assist the delivery of the Essex Green Infrastructure Strategy action plan. Through, influencing, promoting and providing technical input to integrating green infrastructure in development by:

  • Responding and providing advice to planning applications, policy and Government consultations.
  • Collaboration and partnership working with internal and external stakeholders for a more joined up approach across Essex to deliver common goals and objectives through the Green Essex Network.
  • An increase in Biodiversity/Environmental Net Gain and the provision of Green Infrastructure.

Accountabilities

Responsible for providing expert advice and guidance which informs decision making across the Function and wider Council regarding green and blue infrastructure.

Build strong networks at local and regional level in respect of climate action, to deliver improved joint environment outcomes.

Responsible for providing an intelligent client capacity on green and blue infrastructure issues, taking into consideration the wider Environment and Climate Action cross cutting issues.

Working collaboratively with internal and external partners, sharing best practice, exploring and realising opportunities for joint initiatives on climate action. Identifying cost saving and external funding opportunities through the delivery of multi-function green and blue infrastructure.

Provide technical advice on development proposals. Ensuring responses are appropriately logged, determined and responded to in time. Taking account of governance/procurement rules and correct procedures to get these in place.

Provide advice and technical input into the review or development of Local Planning Authorities’ strategic plans, planning studies, Supplementary Planning Documents, and policies such as Green Infrastructure Strategies.

Ensure new development proposals in Essex integrate green and blue infrastructure early in the design (making refence to the Essex Green Infrastructure Strategy and the Essex Design Guide) and at planning stages.

Develop proposals for developing a Green Infrastructure Foundation and Fund supporting all Green Infrastructure partners across Essex

Working with colleagues to assist in the formulation, development and delivery of:

· Effective project management methodologies, ensuring resources are used effectively in the delivery of projects, meeting timescales, including financial and delivery reporting.

· GI action plans and GI projects and programmes.

Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

The Experience You Will Bring

Educated to degree level in a relevant environmental subject or equivalent by experience.

Experience of a relevant environment-based field, with an understanding of project management and experience with evidence of successful project outcomes and successful delivery of environmental initiatives.

Good understanding of the national policies such as the 25 Year Environment Plan, the Environment Bill, the National Planning Policy Framework and its supporting Planning Practice Guidance. Knowledge of the planning system is also desirable. Significant understanding of sustainability and environmental issues and their implications for Essex would be beneficial.

Understanding of the structure of local government, the role of elected Members and current issues facing local government.

Good understanding and knowledge of key environmental agencies and partners’ remit in relation to green and blue infrastructure. This includes coastal and flood issues, waste and recycling, sustainability, energy and climate change.

Evidence of building strong working relationships with stakeholders, public, private and voluntary sector bodies which encourage collaborative and partnership objectives.

Experience of managing change to deliver improvements in efficiency and customer service in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment.

Evidence of continuing professional development and knowledge in relevant professional area

To read more about us please visit: https://www.workingforessex.com/role/place-public-health/

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found here pay and reward

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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