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Senior ecologist

Job Profile

Newts have the ability to regenerate limbs, tails, jaws, spinal cords, heart ventricles, and eyes!

Do you want be part of the team protecting future regenerations?

Mott MacDonald has been significantly enhancing its ecological consultancy capabilities and the ecology team now has a wealth of biodiversity skills and competencies. Our nationwide team of over 20+ experienced ecologists have excellent knowledge and practical experience in delivering projects which integrate the importance of the ecological impacts and mitigations.

We now have a vacancy to work within a team of ecologists undertaking a range of activities, including watching briefs, protected species surveys, mitigations works and reporting. The team has experience in surveying and evaluating the range of UK habitats, as well as holding licenses to work with protected species.

We have core skills in botany, aquatic invertebrates, aquatic macrophytes, amphibians, mammals and reptiles, with a strong track record of working in the water, power and highways industries. We offer a complete ecological assessment service to facilitate project delivery through meeting regulatory requirements, pushing forward best practice from project inception through to construction, operation and decommissioning both in the UK and overseas.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate, and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture.

Job Description

Be part of a multi-disciplinary team
You will work within a multi-disciplinary team on a wide range of projects across multiple sectors (power, transport, water, urban development). You will be part of a dynamic ecology practice who work collaboratively to deliver ecological support, working together to ensure the development of its members.

Be part of growth
This role will suit an outgoing individual who wants to be part of growth within the business in this specialist area and help support delivery of ecological consultancy and mitigation works in a fast moving, client focussed commercial environment.

Work on a range of projects
You will be office based however there will be a requirement to undertake site surveys and attend client meetings. In addition, there may be a need for general ecological support to a range of projects within an environmental team, working closely with other disciplines to ensure ecological objectives for projects are delivered successfully, within budget and to programme.

We will help you achieve your goals by continuous professional development, and regular career progression sessions.

Candidate Specification

Your experience should be a good mixture of the following:

Experience of obtaining a variety of protected species licences and liaising with regulatory bodies to negotiate and obtain consents

Strong report writing skills, attention to detail and ability to write concise reports

Experience in developing scope of work for environmental studies including ESIA and EIA, IFC guidelines and similar assessments

Experience in planning, assisting and delivering surveys to fulfil project requirements related to EIA, HRA etc.

Experience in preparation and writing ecological sections of environmental impact assessments ensuring that legislative guidelines are met

You'll need to have:
  • Full, clean driving licence and willingness to travel and undertake fieldwork in the UK and internationally
  • Knowledge of wildlife legislation, including planning process and EIA assessments
  • Degree in ecology/ biology or directly related subject (minimum of 2.1 classification)
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