• Belfast working remotely
  • £ 14.47 per hour
  • Temporary
  • SOMT
  • nuala.gordon@premiere-agency.com

The post holder will be a member of a team with a broad range of natural science skills. They will normally report to a Higher Scientific Officer. The post holder’s main responsibilities will focus on providing advice to planning consultations and will consist of:


  • Analysis of a broad range of information associated with planning applications, to provide appropriate evidence based scientific advice and guidance to planning consultations that may impact protected sites in Northern Ireland. This will include analysis of a range of ecological information associated with projects, including environment al statements and supporting documents such as environmental management plans etc.
  • Conducting analysis of information and research as required, and writing scientific reports to support the conservation advice provided to the planning system.
  • Ensuring the conservation advice and guidance given to planning authorities adheres to legislative and other regulatory requirements and is in line with Departmental policy and plans.
  • Management of the planning caseloads; responsibility for providing an initial review of cases, highlighting issues and targeting specific consultations as required.
  • Supporting senior officers, through analysis of data and evidence, preparation of reports etc. required for attendance at any external hearings or meetings etc associated with planning.
  • Meeting deadlines (as per legislative and internal requirements) as well as ensuring the quality of work produced is to the required standards and meets operational quality.
  • Meeting relevant customer standards as per Departmental requirements, which may include preparation of information in the form of reports etc, to a deadline and supporting senior officers in specific pieces of work, to meet customer demands#
  • Developing close working relationships and networks with a range of stakeholders including, but not limited to colleagues within EMFG and the wider department.
  • Actively contributing to a health and safety culture by maintaining awareness of the business area’s risk assessments to ensure personal adherence to safe working practices and compliance with prevailing policies and standards.
  • Conducting fieldwork which may include working over arduous terrain, within industrial sites, along watercourses, etc. depending on the nature of the post undertaken.
  • Adhering to all relevant COVID and Health and Safety assessments and guidance.
  • Utilisation and management of scientific data and records on several IT platforms, including GIS and mapping systems.
  • Post holder may be required to travel on official duty, which may also include the driving of Departmental vehicles. Post holder must hold a driving licence or have access to a form of transport that allows the officer to fulfil the duties of the post in full. Travel will be across Northern Ireland


Essential Experience/Qualifications required. (This should be kept to a minimum to have a broader selection of suitable candidates)

1) 4 GCE/GCSE ‘O’ Levels, grades A-C, in separate subjects which must include English, Mathematics and one Science subject.


2) 2 years’ experience gained within the last 8 years in a paid, voluntary or academic capacity associated with the conservation or assessment of our natural terrestrial, aquatic or marine heritage (ecosystems, habitats, species, earth science or landscapes), such as in one or a combination of the following:

· Conducting ecological assessments;

· Conducting ecological surveys (including mapping, recording and monitoring of scientific data and any follow up laboratory analysis);

· Report writing and preparation

Desired Experience/ Qualifications.

1) A HND (or equivalent/higher qualification) in a relevant* scientific discipline.

2) A Degree or (or equivalent/higher qualification) in a relevant* scientific discipline.

Conservation Designation and Protection

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic staff are currently remote working from home and is subject to review and Covid guidelines. A flexible approach is currently in operation.