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Ecologist

Job Profile

Our environment team provides a wide range of specialist environmental support to internal and external clients and has an increasing workload within both the transportation and development sectors. The team is currently looking to expand to meet its current and future commitments within the transportation, water and power sectors. Due to this continuous growth we now have a need for an experienced ecologist to join our team in Croydon.

Closing date for your application: 25 February 2018

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

You will work within a large team of ecologists and other environmental staff, across offices nationwide, on a wide range of projects across multiple sectors (power, transport, oil and gas, maritime). This role will suit an outgoing individual who wants to be part of a growing ecology business in the Croydon office, helping to support delivery of a wide range of diverse projects, from small to large scale, in a fast moving, client focussed commercial environment.

You will be based in the Croydon office, however, a large proportion of your role will also involve site surveys, particularly during the busy survey months. You will be expected to lead ecological assessments and protected species surveys, mentor junior members of staff, helping them develop their field skills, and have the ability to manage time and budgets on your own projects, with minimal supervision from senior staff. There may also 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.

Candidate Specification

Your experience should be a good mixture of the following:
  • Degree in ecology/ biology or directly related subject (minimum of 2.1 classification)
  • You must hold at least one protected species licence, or be in the process of applying for one. i.e. GCN, bat, dormouse
  • Have the ability to liaise with regulatory bodies, for example when inputting into protected species licencing
  • Experience undertaking protected species surveys and assessments associated with major infrastructure schemes.
  • Experience working in the consultancy environment, taking into account project budgets and sometimes challenging project programmes
  • Strong report writing skills, attention to detail and ability to write concise reports
  • Experience in undertaking and reporting on ecological studies including Preliminary Ecological Appraisal, EcIA, EIA, and BREEAM
  • Experience in preparation and writing ecology chapters for environmental impact assessments, ensuring that legislative guidelines are met
  • Knowledge of wildlife legislation, including planning process and EIA assessments
  • Experience of on site ecological supervision, and management of sub-contractors would be beneficial
  • Ability to work independently, take the initiative, make robust, defensible decisions and work to tight deadlines to meet client needs
  • Strong report writing skills
  • Proficient in Word and Excel
  • Basic GIS skills
  • Full, clean driving licence and willingness to travel and undertake fieldwork in the UK and internationally
  • Finance skills would be advantageous
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