Planning Permission Adviser

Thursday 13 August 2020
Vacancy type:
Office and administration, Volunteering at home
At home

What we're looking for

We need someone to advise RSPB reserve teams and project teams on the preparation of planning applications and supporting documentation to ensure high quality, and fit with local and national level guidance. The RSPB has some exciting projects in the pipeline and these will need planning permission. We want to recruit someone with the expertise to ensure that our applications are successful first time so that more of our resources can be devoted to saving nature. Projects will include large engineering schemes, wildlife habitat creation and development of visitor infrastructure. You will work with project teams across England and provide advice and guidance around planning policies and process to inform project schedules and content of planning applications. You will assist with the commissioning and oversight of delivery of reports/surveys required from specialist consultants ensuring that the content is fit for purpose. You will support teams in applying for pre-application advice and completing final planning application documentation.

The skills you need

We are specifically looking for someone with qualifications and/or a good track records of preparing successful planning applications. And in addition to that you will have: . An understanding of the aims and objectives of the RSPB as an environmental charity and a commitment to reflect these in any work undertaken. . Good organisational skills and attention to detail . Self-motivation . Good communication skills . The ability to work as part of a team and on your own initiative . The ability to take guidance . Experience in Microsoft Word and Outlook and ideally mapping software.

Your time

1-2 days per month
6 months (initially)

What's in it for you?

This is an opportunity for you to make a significant impact in our fight to save nature, you will use your professional experience and skills to contribute to our most priority projects and work across the RSPB in England. Satisfaction of helping to deliver projects which will make a difference to saving nature.

How to apply


Jane Birch, Northern Eng Reg Office, Lancaster
Tel: 01524 581000
Email: Jane.Birch@RSPB.ORG.UK


Working on planning applications is very dependent on the number of projects at any one time and their stage of development so time commitment is likely to be in peaks and troughs rather than a regular commitment every week/month. Expenses will be reimbursed to cover site meetings where necessary. The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. We rely upon memberships and donations to fund our work. By volunteering your time and skills, you could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB. Nature is amazing – help us keep it that way.

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