Assistant Ecologist, Sussex

Ecology Consultancy

Lewes, East Sussex

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 but well established team in our Sussex 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.

Our south-east regional office is just outside of Lewes in Sussex has been trading since 2007. We are the largest dedicated ecology company in the county and have forged close relationships with private and public sector organisations, working on small to large scale housing developments, road, rail and port infrastructure, historic building renovation and district wide habitat and green infrastructure appraisals.

Our current workload includes survey, assessment and mitigation work on a wide variety of projects comprising; historic building restoration, large scale housing developments, highway works and infrastructure schemes. Our clients include firms of architects, planning consultants, engineering companies, statutory agencies and local authorities.

The post will be based from our Sussex office with the main areas of work being Sussex, Kent and Surrey. 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, The Old Granary, Barcombe Mills Road, Lewes East Sussex BN8 5FF

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