Senior & Principal Ecologists

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Our client are recruiting for experienced Senior & Principal Ecologists to join their growing multi-disciplinary Environmental Services team in the South East. You will get thewd varied portfolio of work including flood, coastal and maritime projects for clients such as the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and local authorities and a range of other sectors such as ports, water utilities, transport and renewable power. There is also opportunity to support our clients’ growing portfolio of water and catchment work including natural capital projects providing nature-based solutions via blue-green infrastructure to the water industry. One of our clients’ current projects is the River Thames Scheme EIA, a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project requiring 8km of new flood relief channels and design of a large number of habitat creation areas in order to provide Biodiversity Net Gain.

Our client has an active Ecology Community of Practice and pride themselves on being at the forefront of ecological best practice and innovation. Their ecologists are empowered to work closely with their multi-disciplinary teams and shape projects to deliver more sustainable solutions and maximise Biodiversity Net Gain. Our client is a registered Ecological (CIEEM) and Landscape Practice (Landscape Institute) and hold the IEMA EIA Quality Mark, which is a benchmark of their high standards in EIA delivery.

Our client will also ensure you will be mentored as required to develop your field and ecological assessment skills, and work towards full membership and chartership with CIEEM if not already obtained. They will pay for two professional memberships as part of their benefits package.

About the Role

  • Providing field and office ecological support on a wide range of projects including fluvial and coastal flood risk management, water utility, rail, renewable/ energy projects and other large-scale infrastructure
  • Supervising and mentoring more junior ecologists
  • Providing input into all stages of Ecological Impact Assessments and HRA
  • Providing ecological input into other consents such as Water Framework Directive assessments
  • Protected species licence applications and mitigation
  • Design of habitat restoration/creation schemes and delivering Biodiversity Net Gain
  • Providing input to bids and proposals
  • Ecological Clerk of Works roles
  • Liaising with project teams, clients, stakeholders and the public as required.


The role is suitable for an Ecology professional with several years of relevant ecological experience. You should possess and be able to demonstrate the following qualifications, skills and knowledge:

  • have an ecological/environmental related degree
  • be a member of CIEEM
  • be or working towards Chartered Ecologist or Environmentalist
  • hold a protected species licence and/or have another ecological specialism e.g. botany
  • have an understanding of UKHabs and Biodiversity Net Gain
  • have excellent written and oral communication
  • have experience of using Arc suite (Collector, Survey 123) or similar
  • have previous consultancy experience
  • hold a full UK driving licence
  • have the ability to organise, manage and prioritise work, with or without supervision, in order to meet tight deadlines and deliver well-planned work schedules

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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