Ecologist (Bedford) Full-time/Part-time (min 4 days)

We are currently seeking to appoint an Ecologist in our Bedford office. The position is an excellent opening for someone looking to progress their career in ecology, with future opportunities for advancement.  We would also consider applicants who may not meet all the requirements, but can instead show how they are ambitious, good at learning and keen to engage in ‘on-the-job’ training that we can provide.

Applicants should be self-motivated, flexible, organised, good at working both independently and as part of a team and able to deliver work to a high standard.  We expect you to be able to work to reasonable deadlines, prioritise workloads and have good written skills.  Good verbal communication skills, a flexible approach to work and taking proportionate responsibility are important.

We are ideally looking to fill a full-time position. However, we would consider part-time applicants. We are currently working mainly from home, but once we return to a regular regime in the office, we will be trialling more flexible working, with a minimum of three days in the office and the remainder potentially available, by agreement, for working from home.

Work undertaken will typically include:

  • Preliminary Ecological Appraisals
  • Protected species survey and assessment
  • Reptile and/or newt translocation
  • Advising contractors on site
  • Biodiversity Net Gain Calculations

Requirements for the position:

  • At least Associate membership of CIEEM
  • A degree in a relevant discipline
  • Relevant professional ecological experience (2 to 3 years full-time experience working in ecological consultancy)
  • One or more protected species survey licences e.g. great crested newts, bats
  • Experience and ability to carry out Phase 1 habitat surveys with reasonable botanical skills (e.g. FISC Level 3 or above)
  • Experience and ability to survey the more common protected species, such as reptiles and badgers.
  • Good writing skills with attention to detail and experience of technical reports, including Preliminary Ecological Appraisal
  • A driving licence and access to a car to travel to project sites

Beneficial skills for the position:

  • A good understanding of the planning system
  • Good knowledge of current and developing wildlife policy and legislation
  • Knowledge of GIS, CAD and/or Adobe software programmes

Benefits include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Training and career development
  • Travel expenses include mileage at 45p per mile
  • A safe and enjoyable working environment
  • Voluntary workplace pension
  • ‘Cyclescheme’
  • A starting allowance of 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays)
  • Payment of professional memberships
  • Work from home opportunities

For a job description please email

Phone Jo Parmenter on 01603 230777, Nick Sibbett on 01394 380509 or Emily Costello on 01234 261315 if you would like an informal chat about the position.  Please send a covering letter and CV, together with your salary expectations and any examples of ecological reports which you have contributed to, by email, to

Applications are requested by 7th January 2022.  Interviews are likely to be mid-late January 2022.


The Landscape Partnership is an Equal Opportunities Employer