Senior Ecologist

Smart Ecology Ltd

Gloucestershire, Somerset or the Bristol area
£30,000 - £40,000 dependent on experience

Paid • Full or Part Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Thursday, 30th May 2024   1 day left

We are a small independent ecological consultancy based in Gloucestershire and Somerset. We work across southern England, although most of our projects are within a couple of hours of Gloucestershire or Somerset.

The Role

We are seeking a senior ecologist to help us manage our increased workload. The role will mainly involve working from home and visiting sites, with some requirement to travel to Gloucestershire and Somerset to meet with the rest of the team. The successful applicant will assist with all aspects of the business, including: 

  • Field work including preliminary roost assessments, emergence surveys, and preliminary ecological appraisals.
  • Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) assessments, including condition assessments.
  • Designing and implementing mitigation.
  • Project management of a range of ecology projects.
  • Producing ecological reports.
  • Quality checking ecology reports.
  • Producing maps using QGIS.

About You


  • Relevant experience within an ecological consultancy.
  • Appropriate degree level qualification.
  • CIEEM membership, or eligibility for CIEEM membership.
  • Natural England bat survey licence.
  • Competent botanical identification skills.
  • Experience of carrying out habitat and protected species surveys.
  • Knowledge of wildlife legislation and planning policy.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Happy to work independently, often outdoors, and sometimes during unsociable hours.
  • Full driving licence and use of a car.
  • Willing to travel and occasionally stay overnight as required..
  • Located within (or willing to relocate to) Gloucestershire, Somerset or the Bristol area.


  • Experience of GIS.
  • Experience of completing BNG assessments and condition assessments.
  • Experience of completing EPS mitigation licenses for bats.
  • Natural England dormouse and/or GCN survey licences.
  • Experience with client relationships.
  • Experience of producing Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA), Construction Environmental Management Plans (CEMP) and Landscape Ecological Management Plans (LEMP).

Applications should include a CV and covering letter which details your experience and how you meet the person specification. Please email applications to [email protected].

We may request further information before inviting prospective candidates for interview.