Consultant Ecologist

Quantock Ecology Ltd

Taunton, Somerset / Hybrid
£25,000 - £33,000 pa (depending on experience) plus bonuses

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Thursday, 20th June 2024   1 day left

Quantock Ecology Ltd - Consultant Ecologist

Salary: £25,000 – £33,000
Contract: Full Time
Hours: 37.5 hours per week permanent
Location: Prockters Farm Office, West Monkton, Taunton TA2 8QN

Quantock Ecology has a new, exciting opportunity for an experienced Ecological Consultant to join our team to help with our expanding workload. We are looking for a motivated individual to help continue to deliver a professional, experienced and reliable service. The successful candidate will be responsible for undertaking ecological surveys, report writing, project management, providing support to other team members and ideally live within a reasonable commuting distance to our office. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the right candidates to build on existing knowledge and skill sets, with career development opportunities. Quantock Ecology is a small family run business, which specialises in terrestrial ecology working primarily across the southwest, south Wales and southern Britain.

Duties will include:

  • The undertaking or leading of ecological surveys for a range of fauna, including bats, birds, badger, great crested newts, reptiles, dormouse, water vole and otter etc.
  • The undertaking or leading of habitat surveys, with the ability to differentiate main broad and priority habitat types in the field.
  • The writing/completion of scientific reports based on the surveys undertaken above.
  • The production of method statements/mitigation plans.
  • Undertaking Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) assessments.
  • Keeping accurate field notes in accordance with the principles of scientific data collection, with experience in handling, recording and storing data effectively.
  • Taking responsibility for staff management on mitigation projects, ensuring that there is sufficient staffing for various projects.
  • Provide support to team members and seasonal ecologists.
  • Recording data and tasks accurately on our project management software and understanding the commercial nature of consultancy projects.
  • Work will include evening and dawn bat surveys, paid as overtime or as part of contracted hours.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a good understanding of wildlife legislation and be able to communicate this clearly to colleagues, clients and contractors.
  • Have a degree within a relevant discipline.
  • Be self-driven and motivated, with personal achievement goals.
  • Preferably have at least two years’ experience working within an ecological consultancy.
  • Hold a valid bat survey licence (level 2 or above preferable).
  • Hold membership (or be eligible to have membership) with CIEEM or equivalent professional body.
  • Hold a full UK driving licence.
  • Have excellent attention to detail and communication skills.
  • Have experience in GIS/QGIS and familiarity with the MS packages (word/excel/outlook etc).
  • Have an understanding of how ecology fits in within the planning and construction industry.
  • Take personal responsibility for their health and safety whilst at work and conduct work in a safe, professional and responsible manner.

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience in compiling/submitting European Protected Species Mitigation Licences.
  • Experience in undertaking BNG assessments, and a knowledge of the UKHabs classification. 
  • Registered consultant under the Bat Mitigation Class Licence system.
  • Any experience acting as construction works supervising ecologist (ECoW) or delivering ecological mitigation.
  • Experience in bat sound analysis software (Kaleidoscope Pro).

What we can offer:

  • £25,000 – £33,000 per annum.
  • ‘Based from home’ working if desirable.
  • Performance based bonuses
  • Overtime paid for ‘out of hours’ bat surveys.
  • Extremely flexible working through flexi-time.
  • 25 days holiday plus statutory holidays pro rata.
  • Unlimited training budget.
  • Company pension scheme.
  • Company health insurance.
  • Colleague recognition bonuses. 

Contact Details:

To apply, please send a covering letter along with your CV to Simon Pidgeon (Director) [email protected]

Closing Date: 20/06/2024
Location: Taunton