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Ecology Jobs

Here at ECOSA we pride ourselves on the quality of our work and the professionalism of our staff. We are committed to supporting and developing our team members’ expertise so that they can deliver excellence in ecological services to our clients across the UK. We are always interested to receive Curricula Vitae from bright and friendly people with relevant ecological experience and qualifications at admin@ecosa.co.uk.

All opportunities are only open to direct applicants and not recruitment agencies.

 

Current opportunities:


Senior Ecologist - Bristol / Gloucestershire Region

ECOSA are pleased to be seeking a motivated Senior Ecologist based in the Bristol/Gloucestershire region to support our business in the West Country. This position is based part-time at home and part-time at our Hampshire head office.

Your enthusiasm for ecology and flexible approach will equip you well as a key member of our consultancy team in supporting us to deliver excellence in ecological survey, reporting and mitigation solutions to our clients.

You will have a minimum of three years relevant experience gained in an ecological consultancy, local authority or planning environment. With the support of our consultants, you will use your expertise to provide sound advice and deliver pragmatic and cost-effective survey and mitigation solutions, ensuring our clients’ development and conservation goals are successful in respect of ecology.

The ideal candidate will be customer focussed, detail orientated and a skilled communicator with strong verbal and written skills. You will be able to manage client expectations and meet deadlines, and be comfortable project managing small-scale projects such as private home redevelopment, through to large-scale residential/commercial development and infrastructure projects.

You will carry out a range of field surveys, including extended Phase 1 habitat surveys and a range of protected species surveys, alongside day-to-day office based work, client and regulatory authority liaison, managing budgets, managing surveyor teams and report writing.

You will work on Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Ecological Impact Assessments, designing and implementing ecological mitigation, compensation and enhancement schemes, habitat management and monitoring plans, and preparing and submitting applications for Natural England EPS licenses.

As a key part of our technical team, you will also support our junior ecologists and will invest time in their development.

ECOSA strive for excellence and you will use your continuously expanding knowledge base to contribute directly to the growth and reputation of the company.

To be successful in this role, you will have the following:

Essential Skills and Qualifications

  • CIEEM membership;
  • Degree in a relevant subject;
  • Minimum of three years post-qualification experience in an ecologically focussed role, preferably in ecological consultancy;
  • Hold a minimum of one Natural England and/or Natural Resources Wales protected species licenses;
  • Strong knowledge of relevant UK and European legislation, policy and guidance;
  • Experience of project co-ordination, budget management and Health and Safety risk management;
  • An accomplished and broad background in ecological survey and assessment techniques;
  • Be a team player with exceptional verbal and written communications skills, and experience in writing a range of technical reports;
  • Sound MS Outlook, Word and Excel skills;
  • A full driving licence; and
  • Legal entitlement to work in the UK.

Desirable Skills

  • Hold a Natural England Level 2 bat licence;
  • Botanical survey skills; and
  • Experience in reviewing the work of junior colleagues.

What ECOSA can offer you

We are committed to the development of our staff and as part of the team you will have access to a mentoring system, generous training budget and an extensive support network, as well as a range of other benefits.

How to Apply

Please email your Curriculum Vitae, ensuring to highlight all relevant knowledge, experience and skills, and a covering letter providing evidence of how you meet the above requirements, for the attention of Lydia Styles, Company and HR Administrator at admin@ecosa.co.uk. Please let us know how you found out about this vacancy and title your email in the subject line 'Senior Ecologist Vacancy'.

If you would like to informally discuss this role, please email admin@ecosa.co.uk in the first instance.


Work Placement Scheme

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2018 work placement scheme. Please keep an eye on our website for updates regarding 2019.

The annual ECOSA work placement scheme has a flexible start from March/April and runs to October. The placement is based at our head office in Hampshire.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain work experience with a leading UK ecological consultancy. Our work placements have subsequently gone on to employment with either ourselves or other well-known ecological consultancies/multi-disciplinary companies.

The scheme is open to any student with a keen interest in ecology who is currently studying a related degree/masters, or a recent graduate in a related subject. You must be able to commit for the full duration of the summer survey season. Unfortunately we cannot accept requests for short-term placements i.e. one to two weeks.

Our placements are predominantly field based. You will therefore need a full driving licence and own transport, as we carry out field surveys across the South and further afield.


Summer Bat Surveyors 2018

After the first group training session held in early April, we are no longer accepting applications for bat surveyor roles. Please keep an eye on our website for updates regarding potential bat surveying opportunities later this survey season.

Each year, ECOSA relies on a pool of skilled bat surveyors to help deliver our busy survey schedule. If you have a keen interest in ecology, are looking to increase your knowledge and gain valuable experience in this field of work, and are available to undertake surveys during the summer months (evenings and early mornings), ECOSA would like to hear from you.

Full training from experienced ecologists will be provided. We look for a high standard of work and competence in producing clear and thorough results. Applications from licensed bat workers or experienced bat surveyors are particularly welcomed.

You will need to be available for dusk and dawn bat survey work and be based in Hampshire or the adjoining counties. You may be required to travel further afield for survey work and stay in accommodation overnight. Having your own transport and a full driving licence is therefore essential.

 

Summer Field Surveyors 2018

We are always pleased to hear from ecological field surveyors who would be able to assist with our project delivery over our busy summer survey season. We generally have ongoing projects requiring both survey work and translocation of a variety of protected species, including reptiles, great crested newt and hazel dormouse.

Full training from experienced ecologists will be provided. We look for a high standard of work and competence in producing clear and thorough results. Applications from experienced ecological field surveyors and freelance ecological subcontractors are also welcomed.

Work will likely be based around our offices in Hampshire and Gloucestershire, and the surrounding counties. You will need to be able to travel for survey/translocation works, and potentially stay in accommodation overnight. Having your own transport and a full driving licence is therefore essential.

How to Apply

Please email your Curriculum Vitae, ensuring to highlight all relevant knowledge, experience and skills, and a covering letter with your likely availability during the summer survey season, for the attention of Lydia Styles, Company and HR Administrator at admin@ecosa.co.uk. Please let us know how you found out about this opportunity and title your email in the subject line 'Field Surveyors 2018'.

Suitable candidates will be added to our database of ecological field surveyors for upcoming projects over the summer survey season.

 

Page updated 12th April 2018.