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Ecologist/Senior Ecologist

  • Salary: £25000.00 - £35000.00 per annum
  • Location: Hampshire
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Sector: Building Services
  • Job reference: BBBH374845_1513873269

Job description

The client are pleased to be seeking a full-time experienced Ecologist or Senior Ecologist to join their team in Hampshire.

Your enthusiasm for ecology and flexible approach will equip you well as a key member of the consultancy team in supporting their expanding business to deliver ecological survey, reporting and mitigation solutions to their clients across the UK.

You will have a minimum of two years (Ecologist) to three years (Senior Ecologist) of relevant experience gained in an ecological consultancy, local authority or planning environment. With the support of other consultants, you will use your expertise to provide sound advice and deliver pragmatic and cost-effective survey and mitigation solutions, ensuring our clients' development and conservation goals are successful in respect of ecology.

The ideal candidate will be customer focused, detail orientated and a skilled communicator with strong verbal and written skills. You will be able to manage client expectations and meet deadlines, and be comfortable project managing small-scale projects such as private home redevelopment, through to large-scale residential/commercial development and infrastructure projects.

You will carry out a range of field surveys, including extended Phase 1 habitat surveys and a range of protected species surveys, alongside day-to-day office based work, client and regulatory authority liaison, managing budgets, managing surveyor teams and report writing.

You will work on Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Ecological Impact Assessments, designing and implementing ecological mitigation, compensation and enhancement schemes, habitat management and monitoring plans, and preparing and submitting applications for Natural England EPS licenses.

As a key part of the technical team, you will also support junior ecologists and will invest time in their development.

The client strive for excellence and you will use your continuously expanding knowledge base to contribute directly to the growth and reputation of the company.

To be successful in this role, you will have the following:

Essential Skills and Qualifications

  • CIEEM membership;
  • Degree in a relevant subject;
  • Minimum of two to three years post-qualification experience in an ecologically focussed role, preferably in ecological consultancy;
  • Hold a minimum of one Natural England and/or Natural Resources Wales protected species licenses;
  • Strong knowledge of relevant UK and European legislation, policy and guidance;
  • Experience of project co-ordination, budget management and Health and Safety risk management;
  • An accomplished and broad background in ecological survey and assessment techniques;
  • Be a team player with exceptional verbal and written communications skills, and experience in writing a range of technical reports;
  • Sound MS Outlook, Word and Excel skills;
  • A full driving licence; and
  • Legal entitlement to work in the UK.

Desirable Skills

  • Hold a Natural England Level 2 bat licence;
  • Botanical survey skills; and
  • Experience in reviewing the work of junior colleagues.

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