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Senior Ecologist

Job Profile

We are a £1.1 billion management, engineering, and development consultancy with 16,000 staff and a global reach spanning six continents. Our network of 170 principal offices in 140 countries gives us local market insight backed by world class expertise to deliver excellence for every client.

Mott MacDonald Ireland is seeking an Ecologist to join their Environment business to work alongside engineers, scientists, planners and other staff on some of the most exciting infrastructure projects in Ireland, particularly in the water, energy and transport sectors.

The role will be based in either Dublin or Cork subject to the successful candidate's preference.

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

The successful candidate will carry out the following:

• Work as part of and support cross disciplinary teams working in preliminary design, statutory consent, and construction stage projects in the energy, water and transport sectors;

• Prepare high quality reports including Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA), Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEcA), ecological mitigation, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Appropriate Assessments (Habitats Directive);

• Undertake ecological surveys and providing mentoring to less experienced staff in habitat assessment to Fossitt level III, protected species and invasive species surveys;

• Have a sound appreciation of the environmental and planning reporting process and relevant legislation and guidance;

• Interpretation of monitoring data including Water Framework Directive ecological and chemical monitoring data, contaminated land analysis and effluent monitoring data;

• Manage data using GIS (ArcGIS).

Candidate Specification

The successful candidate will possess the following:

  • Relevant Degree (e.g. Ecology / Botany / Zoology);
  • 5 years experience in the assessment of large scale public infrastructure projects in the water, energy or transport sectors;
  • Extensive understanding and experience of Appropriate Assessment (Habitats Directive) including experience in writing screenings for Appropriate Assessment and Natura impact Statements;
  • Experience in field surveys - protected species surveys, habitat assessment, invasive species survey;
  • GIS competencies (ArcGIS)
  • Comprehensive awareness of relevant Irish and European legislation, policy and guidance;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Have working knowledge of GIS;
  • IEEM membership or working towards same desirable;
  • Full driving licence essential.
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