A highly motivated graduate is sought as an Assistant Nature Conservation Officer, based in Exeter. Employed by the University of Exeter you will be seconded to Devon County Council, this role will be undertaking a wide range of work relating to the conservation of Devon's wildlife. This graduate role is part of the GBP scheme and is for 12 months initailly.
The post is hosted by Devon County Council’s Environment Team which is based at County Hall in Exeter (although staff currently working from home) and includes a range of specialist teams covering ecology and landscape, climate change, flooding and coastal risk management, historic environment and AONBs. This role is within the Natural Environment Team which is also responsible for coordinating and managing the Local Nature Partnership.
Devon Local Nature Partnership (Natural Devon) is an umbrella body that aims to bring together those with an interest in securing the economic, environmental and social benefits of a healthy natural environment. For more information see www.naturaldevon.org.uk
Whilst the intern will be hosted by DCC they will be working in partnership with a wide range of organisations and individuals across the county. DCC’s ecology team currently provides planning and wildlife advice for Dartmoor National Park, Torbay and a number of other districts. A few key organisations involved in the LNP are Devon Wildlife Trust, The Woodland Trust, the five Devon AONBs, Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, South West Water, Forestry Commission, Environment Agency, Active Devon, Devon Maritime Forum and lots more.
Previous interns have gone on to roles as Senior Ecologist for DCC, PhD student with Professor Fiona Mathews at Sussex University and a PhD student with Professor Chris Evans at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Co-ordinating the Exe Estuary Partnership and working for Natural England.
Purpose of Role
Level of Support
- Daily line management and support will be provided by the DCC Environment Team. Support and mentoring opportunities will also be provided by partner organisations as required.
- The university offers extensive support to staff, including a structured Professional Development Review and Wellbeing Service plus GBPs are offered 1:1 support from the Internships Team.
Other Benefits, Rewards and Recognition
- The County Council operates a flexible working policy
- Travel expenses or personal mileage will be paid when out on official business.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided as required.
- Based in Devon or the surrounding area or a willingness to relocate upon receiving an offer.
- A full driving licence and ability to travel across Devon (sometimes to rural areas which are not accessible via public transport). Expenses will be reimbursed.
GBP Scheme Requirements
To be eligible to apply and undertake a GBP role you must meet all of the following criteria:
- Achieved* (or about to achieve) a full undergraduate degree (or Masters or PhD).
- Graduated in the UK within the last 3 years of your most recent degree (we will consider extenuating circumstances of potential applicants that may have prevented them from undertaking a graduate role within 3 years of graduation).
- Attended a British university (or spent time studying at a UK university through ERASMUS)
- The University of Exeter is committed to developing an environment which promotes equality of opportunity, values diversity and inclusivity.
- The University of Exeter is a Disability Confident Employer, committed attracting and recruiting people with disabilities, and retaining and supporting staff with disabilities. If an applicant declares a disability and meets all the essential criteria, they will be invited to interview.
- We welcome applications from all eligible students and in particular those from the following underrepresented groups. Selection and recruitment itself will be entirely on merit alone unless there are multiple applicants demonstrating equal merit. In this clear circumstance, preference would be shown to applicants from under-represented groups. This is in line with lawful positive action measures under sections 158 and 159 of the Equality Act 2010.
- Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the GBP internship without the need for sponsorship and follow the Intern Guidance- Proving Right to Work the UK. Current immigration legislation prevents the university to provide sponsorship certificates for GBP roles, as they do not meet the requirements for a Tier 2 (General Visa) as explained on the International Student Support webpages
- Residency in the UK for the duration of your GBP role
- You cannot undertake another GBP role if the contract length in total exceeds the maximum duration of 23 months working as a GBP.
*To undertake a GBP role you must achieve your degree. In the unlikely scenario where a degree is not awarded, the GBP hours may be reduced to 15hrs a week (for undergraduates) or 6hrs a week (for postgraduates) to enable to the graduand the capacity to successfully complete their degree. If the graduand fails their degree the GBP role will end early.
Interviews for this role are expected to take place on 07/06/2021.
To apply for this role please complete our internship application which can be downloaded here: http://ex.ac.uk/bqu. Please send your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org