Senior Ecologist

JBA Consulting

Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 01302 337798 Kieran Sheehan

Reference: RES17-11

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Thursday, 31 August 2017

Reporting to your Ecology Team Leader, you will be expected to contribute towards biological survey and associated reporting at a variety of sites and locations within the UK. This will involve undertaking surveys, interpreting the results and providing verbal and written reports and advice to colleagues within the company and to clients. You will also be responsible for mentoring junior staff members and inputting to bids/tenders and business development tasks. Substantial and proven UK experience of ecological survey work in consultancy is essential.

JBA Consulting’s Ecology Team offer solutions to our clients’ many needs regarding the natural environment. With focus on the water environment and its management, including protected wetlands, rivers and ditch systems, we specialise in meeting clients’ needs through negotiation and relationship building with local and national authorities, whilst maintaining our independence and objectivity.

The Ecology team provides ecological solutions UK wide on issues such as protected species and habitat surveys, EIA, SSSI management and habitat creation and restoration, as well as advising clients on issues such as legislation, habitat monitoring and management. In recent years the team has broadened the focus of their offering to encompass the rail industry, wind farm developments, raised mire systems, Strategic Environmental Assessment, Habitats Regulations Assessments, river restoration, catchment sciences and specialist vegetation surveying.


Technical capability, team working, personal effectiveness.

The Senior Ecologist role will inevitably be office-based, however regular site visits and field survey work will also be required. Although based with other members of staff in a multi-disciplinary consultancy in Doncaster, you will be required to manage yourself on a day-to-day basis and be responsible for checking and critically appraising your own work, and that of other team members. To complement the current members of the Ecology team, the post will involve demonstration of a high level of ecological knowledge in development of mitigation and survey strategies. Furthermore, continued demonstration of team working skills and personal effectiveness will be required.

The role is in support of our existing senior ecological staff in Doncaster and will be expected to concentrate on developing the company’s capabilities in site assessment, monitoring and enhancement. The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Lead on and feed into Ecological Impact Assessments;
  • Undertake Preliminary Ecological Appraisals;
  • Undertake detailed ecological surveys and specialist protected species surveys. The holding of at least one European Protected Species survey licence is required;
  • Prepare the ecology and nature conservation chapters of Environmental Impact Assessments;
  • Work with and advise other discipline teams on large, multi-disciplinary projects;
  • Have worked on ecological mitigation strategies and their delivery on site, ideally having held European Protected Species licenses in relation to implementation of a mitigation strategy;
  • Undertake literature reviews and detailed desk-based assessments to feed into Strategic Environmental Assessments
  • Undertake Habitats Regulations Assessments for both plans and projects;
  • In the medium to long term, contribute to a programme of team capability expansion in response to market demands;
  • Support delivery of marketing initiatives;
  • Undertake production of ecology tenders and project proposals;
  • Contribute to the development of new best-practice principles and concepts, and develop innovative solutions for clients;
  • Attend meetings with clients and other stakeholders, sometimes outside normal working hours;
  • Have full membership of a professional body, such as CIEEM;
  • Mentor junior staff;
  • Embrace the concept of continued professional development and integrate this into their work;
  • Be a self-starter and able to work alone on projects without supervision;
  • Possess a full UK driving licence,

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will have a first degree in an ecology or related discipline and Full CIEEM membership, or similar. They will be both technically knowledgeable to a level sufficient to meet the above requirements and be able to demonstrate fluency and consistency in verbal and written English, in both technical and plain English writing styles, and have excellent interpersonal skills. They will also be able to demonstrate a good ecological skillset and have undertaken extensive ecological survey work. Computer literacy, especially with a thorough competence in Microsoft Office is also essential (with experience of ArcGIS if possible). Because we work across the UK, a full driving licence is essential.

To Apply

Please apply using our application form available from our website

For an informal discussion please contact either Kieran Sheehan or Laura Thomas on t: 01302 337798.

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