Senior Ecologist – Bedford/ London/Woodbridge (Suffolk)
We are looking for a Senior ecologist to join one of our teams in Bedford, London or Woodbridge (Suffolk). We offer the opportunity to join a friendly and committed team of multi-disciplinary professionals and a supportive working environment. Training and mentoring is provided to help you progress your career. We are currently operating hybrid working, with a minimum of three days in the office and the remainder potentially available, by agreement, for working from home.
Your work will typically include:
- Preliminary Ecological Appraisal
- Protected species survey
- Multi-disciplinary working, including participating in planning led projects.
- Mitigation design
- Species translocation
- Management plans
- Habitats Regulations Assessment
- Biodiversity Net Gain Assessment
- Collaborate with and support the work of other disciplines, e.g Landscape Architecture, Arboriculture
You will be expected to:
- Manage and take ownership of projects
- Undertake EIA-level ecological reporting and assessment (EcIA) including negotiation with clients and other members of project team
- Lead on protected species mitigation including licensing.
- Prepare fee proposals for major, and multidisciplinary projects
- Continue to develop knowledge of the planning, legal and regulatory frameworks.
- Work in other offices in the Practice when required.
- Work away from home as required to complete site surveys; hotel and travel expenses are paid
- Survey during the evening, night and early morning survey: 2 or 3 nights per week at peak times during the relevant survey season.
- Undertake risk assessments as necessary
- Undertake marketing independently and alongside colleagues to develop ecology work, particularly in East Midlands, London and the South-East.
- Undertake CPD to at least meet minimum targets set by CIEEM
Key skills, attributes and experience:
- Ability to work within a team, with the ambition and potential to lead others and further develop the ecology team in your office
- Ability to formulate and communicate ideas
- Ability to work efficiently and diligently to reasonable deadlines
- Good working knowledge of Office software packages (eg: Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Excellent written skills including ability to write clear assessment reports
- Good verbal communication – clear and courteous
- Flexible approach to work and taking proportionate responsibility
- Enthusiasm to further develop career and skills
- Good problem-solving skills
- Ability to work under own initiative and to prioritise workloads for yourself and your team.
- Project management and budgeting skills
- Good negotiating skills
- First or second-class degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent
- Full membership of CIEEM
- Driving Licence essential and access to a car is highly desirable
- A reasonable degree of physical fitness is essential in order to undertake survey work
- You should have at least 3 years relevant experience after becoming a full member of CIEEM
- You should have experience in large, multi-disciplinary projects
- You should have been heavily involved in EPS mitigation licences and/or hold at least 1 survey licence (e.g. bats, dormouse, GCN, crayfish)
- You should be able to recognize lowland UK habitat types, and have in-depth knowledge of their ecology and management
- You should have botanical ID skills sufficient to be able to undertake the above
- You should have detailed knowledge of UK species and habitat legislation
- Competitive salary
- Training and career development
- A safe and enjoyable working environment
- Voluntary workplace pension
- A starting allowance of 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays)
- Payment of professional memberships
For a job description please email email@example.com
Phone Nick Sibbett on 01394 380509 if you would like an informal chat about the position. Please send a covering letter and CV, and examples of ecological reports to which you have contributed, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Landscape Partnership is an Equal Opportunities Employer