Assistant Ecologist, Staffordshire

Ecology Consultancy

Stafford, Staffordshire

Paid • Either • Temporary

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Tuesday, 31 January 2017

We are seeking to employ an assistant ecologist on a temporary contract or ad hoc project by project basis, to work within a small team in our Staffordshire office. Work will centre on conducting bat, reptile and great crested newt surveys and assistance with other areas of our work.

The Ecology Consultancy is one of the UK’s largest ecological consultancies with a sound reputation for delivering objective, high quality work. Established in 1999 we have grown to circa 70 permanent staff over 6 offices, in Stafford, London, Sussex, Norfolk, North and Scotland.

We are passionate about what we do and our staff enjoy working in a friendly and supportive environment with an emphasis on continuing professional development and career progression. Our staff pride themselves on the quality of their work, our ability to influence scheme design for the benefit of biodiversity and enjoy working closely with our clients design teams.

Our principal areas of work are habitat and protected species surveys, watching brief and Ecological Clerk of Works, Ecological Impact Assessment, and Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM assessments, as well as providing training and advice, on a wide range of projects from major infrastructure projects to single dwellings and barn conversions. Our clients include firms of architects, planning consultants, engineering companies, statutory agencies and local authorities.

The post will be based in our Staffordshire office with the main areas of work being across the Midlands. The project based nature of our work means that there will be a requirement to undertake such travel as is necessary to successfully carry out contracts.

Person specification

The Assistant Ecologist will need the following:


  • An appropriate degree qualification;
  • Experience of reptile, great crested newt and bat surveys
  • Ability to identify native herpetofauna to species, life stage;
  • Be willing to work during evenings and at weekends;
  • Have a full clean UK driving licence;
  • Good data QA & report writing skills.


  • A valid CSCS card;
  • A great crested newt survey licence would be an advantage;
  • Experience with other species groups would be an advantage as would the ability to identify habitats and indicator plant species;
  • Experience of mitigation sites;
  • Experience of Ecological Clerk of Works;
  • Bat sound analysis skills;
  • CIEEM Graduate or Associate Membership.

What do we offer?

  • 6-8 month fixed term or casual hourly contracts from mid-March to mid-October.
  • Starting salary £18,600.00 pa (£8.94 ph) based on a 40 hour week.
  • 28 days holiday inclusive of public holidays (pro rata for length of service)

Applications (Your CV and a covering letter) must be received by 31 January and emailed to: or posted to The Ecology Consultancy, Parkfield House, Park Street, Stafford ST17 4AL

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