Field Ecologist

MacArthur Green

£25,000 - £29,500 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology, environmental management

Closing date: Tuesday, 9th July 2024  

MacArthur Green specialises in providing ecology, ornithology and peat consultancy services for renewables and grid projects. We are dedicated to helping projects with important benefits to people and nature succeed, whilst creating a positive environmental legacy through our work.

Our team has strong mix of scientific, commercial and regulatory knowledge and experience. This ensures that we consistently deliver high quality and pragmatic services and advice.

Due to an increasing workload, we require another enthusiastic and talented Field Ecologist to join our team to help deliver our portfolio of Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) projects on wind farm sites and support with wider ecological and water quality surveys (protected species, bats, habitats, peat).

The position will be largely site based so you must love the great outdoors in all its splendour, and in all the elements. The position will involve a mixture of lone and paired working, so you must be resourceful and content to work alone.

The role will involve:

  • Working with our ECoW team on large scale onshore wind farms.
  • Undertaking site inspections/audits to monitor the performance of construction works.
  • Liaising with statutory regulators on behalf of the client.
  • Reporting on compliance with consent conditions.
  • Providing guidance and advice to contractors and the client during the construction.
  • Input into weekly and monthly ECoW reports.
  • Ecology surveys (including protected species and peat probing).
  • Undertaking pre-construction baseline surveys.
  • Data entry (Excel) and digitisation (QGIS).

The successful candidate will meet the following criteria:


  • Degree or equivalent experience in an environmental field (Ecology, Zoology, Environmental Management).
  • Valid UK driving licence (manual is essential).
  • Knowledge and experience of undertaking ecology surveys.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a flexible and proactive approach to work.
  • Experience of liaising with statutory regulators on behalf of the client.
  • Strong IT skills including, MS Word and Excel.
  • Willingness to travel and work away from home.
  • Willingness to support other disciplines within MacArthur Green (such as ecology, water quality monitoring and peat) when required
  • Live in or near Glasgow (or able to relocate before start date).


  • Experience of working on large scale renewable projects.
  • CSCS Card.
  • Protected species licence(s).
  • 4x 4 driving experience.
  • Management experience.
  • Experience of undertaking ECoW work.


Employment Type: Full time, permanent

Start date: July 2024

Salary: £25,000 to £29,500

Holidays: 32 days pro rata

Pension contribution: 3% (based on you contributing the legal minimum of 5%)

Benefits: Life insurance; Income Protection and Critical Illness after one year of service. Option to take additional unpaid time off (subject to client commitments). Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave pay.

We devote time and resource to supporting and developing our team. We offer solid training and career development opportunities, monthly walk and talk catch ups with your line manager, and annual appraisals. Depending on your passion to progress and the time you have available, we will work with you to develop your specialism and valuable sector knowledge.

Submission is by CV and covering letter to: [email protected]

Deadline: 9th July 2024

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early. Please submit your application as soon as possible.

A bit more about us

Through the work we do and the way we operate, we aim to have an enduring positive environmental legacy. We are doing this in three ways: we only work on projects which deliver a positive environmental impact, we support research projects relevant to sustainable development (we have part-funding six PhD students) and we have planted almost 30,000 as part of a native woodland scheme in Argyll.

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