Ecology Consultancy

Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Friday, 24 February 2017

We are seeking to employ an experienced Ecologist initially on a temporary contract to work within our newly established team in our Wakefield Office. 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 Wakefield, London, Sussex, Norfolk, Midlands, 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.

We are looking for a confident, enthusiastic and experienced team player who has both a personal interest and professional experience in ecology as well as a desire to extend that knowledge. Under the direction of our team leader, the Ecologist will be required to take on and manage individual contracts, in order to deliver high quality ecological consultancy services within budget and to meet deadlines. This may involve: liaising with clients, other consultants and consultees; acquiring data from third parties; organising and supervising other Ecology Consultancy staff and sub-contractors; preparing maps and writing high quality reports. The Ecologist will also assist with the general running of the office, in co-operation with other staff based there, and help with the marketing and promotion of the company.

The main areas of our work are Yorkshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire and Cumbria although we work further north if the need arises. 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. The post will be based from our Wakefield and occasionally Manchester office with the main areas of work being Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria and Derbyshire. 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 - Essential

  • Botanical identification skills to equivalent of FISC level 3/4 or higher
  • An appropriate degree qualification.
  • Associate or full membership of the CIEEM, minimum of three years employment in consultancy or other relevant work.
  • Have excellent fieldwork and report writing skills.
  • Have excellent knowledge of UK and relevant European environmental legislation.
  • Have proven project management experience.
  • Have a full UK driving licence.


  • Bat sound analysis skills;
  • Bird survey experience;
  • Experience with protected species groups and/or EPSM licensing;
  • Experience in EcIA and mitigation methodologies; and
  • Survey/handling licences such as bats and great crested newts.

What do we offer?

  • A 6-8 month contract from March-October;
  • Starting salary between £19,240.00 and £26,367.00 pa dependant on experience;
  • 28 days holiday plus public holidays (pro rata for length of service);
  • Staff support/mentoring;
  • Annual training budget; and
  • Flexitime and TOIL.

Applications (Your CV and a covering letter) must be received by Friday the 24 February 2017 and emailed to: or posted to The Ecology Consultancy, New Media Centre, West Parade, Wakefield, WF1 1LT.

The Ecology Consultancy aims to promote equality of opportunity, dignity and due respect for all employees and clients as is consistent with the company’s Equalities Policy.

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