Join our Team: Asst BNG Consultant

Are you ready to stand at the forefront of Biodiversity Net Gain and apply your passion for the environment to an exciting range of projects?

There has never been a greater need for focus and action to conserve biodiversity, both globally and in the UK. As Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) becomes mandatory in November 2023, biodiversity will become a priority for new planning applications within England, bridging the gap between nature and development and creating sustainable, environmentally conscious schemes.

Urban Green is looking for an Assistant Biodiversity Net Gain Consultant to join our growing team. You will be responsible for supporting the Biodiversity Net Gain team to ensure the successful delivery of projects. You will see projects through from inception to post-development monitoring, helping to inform design and advise clients along the way.

Your role will be a combination of field-based surveying and office work, with a large focus on delivery of written reports and habitat management plans. You will be trained to carry out habitat assessments using UKHab methodology, as well as using the Biodiversity Metric to calculate the pre- and post-development biodiversity value of sites, and you will be responsible for producing detailed and accurate reports to be used during the planning process and 30-year post-development management period.

A key part of the role is multi-disciplinary working, with other teams; in-house and external consultants, therefore a flexible and enthusiastic approach, and a desire to learn, is required.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting a portfolio of interesting and complex projects from initial inception through to post-development monitoring
  • Field work, including small- and large-scale habitat surveys following UKHab methodology, on-site mapping and condition assessments of habitats
  • Delivering written Biodiversity Net Gain feasibility and design stage assessments
  • Producing 30-year, site-specific management plans
  • Collaborating with other in-house teams, such as arboriculture and landscape architecture, and with external consultants
  • Advising clients and supporting the delivery of external workshops and presentations
  • Updating project documentation to reflect changes/updates or in response to consultee comments
  • Having an awareness of project requirements to ensure that our services are delivered effectively and on-time
  • Contributing to team resource planning and supporting the ecology team if required

Essential Requirements

  • A degree-level qualification in ecology or relevant environmental subject
  • Professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) or working towards
  • Experience working in an ecology-related role; undertaking field surveys, following standardised methodology, data recording and analysis
  • Experience of report writing and delivering technical data in a clear and concise manner
  • Understanding of habitat management strategies and the role of habitat management plans in conservation
  • Strong time management and organisational skills and ability to work under pressure to deadlines
  • Basic knowledge of UK and EC wildlife legislation and policy
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to work at all levels with colleagues, clients and consultees
  • IT competence in MS Office
  • Enthusiastic and flexible approach to work and willingness to learn and pursue professional development opportunities
  • A valid UK driving licence
  • Flexibility to work outside normal office hours and away from home as necessary

Desirable Requirements

  • MSc level qualification
  • Familiarity with UKHab methodology to undertake field surveys
  • Experience undertaking Biodiversity Net Gain assessments using the Biodiversity Metric
  • Experience using GIS


Urban Green offers a competitive rewards and benefits package, access to a range of individual and professional development opportunities and the guarantee of an engaging and supportive working environment. We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

We offer the following benefits:

  • 1 paid professional membership annually
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Technology scheme
  • Free eye tests
  • Discount on local leisure centre
  • Access to company vehicles
  • Workplace Pension Scheme
  • 23 days holiday, rising to 24 following 3 years’ continuous service

How To Apply

If this is you, then please send a cover letter and CV for the attention of the Office Manager by email to 

To see what we’re up to, take a look at our recent projects.

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