Senior/Principal Ecologist

The Ecology Consultancy

Lewes, East Sussex
£27,000 - £46,000 dependant on experience

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Friday, 01 December 2017

The Ecology Consultancy, Sussex Office: Senior/Principal Ecologist

We are seeking to employ an experienced Senior/Principal Ecologist on a permanent contract for protected species work within the established team in our Sussex Office.

The Ecology Consultancy (TEC) was established in 1999 and is now one of the largest and most successful consultancies in the country. We are managed by ecologists, are passionate about what we do and pride ourselves on the quality of our work and our ability to influence design, benefit biodiversity and improve communities.

Our relaxed company character, investment in people and focus on business responsibility has seen continual annual growth. We compete and succeed at all levels of the market, from managing small local developments to acting as lead consultants on nationally significant infrastructure projects. We aim to match our ambition with positive actions and have recently opened two new offices, overhauled our management processes to improve their interface for ecologists, secured lead roles on long-term projects including Crossrail 2, and have continued our management roles with HS2 and DP World.

The Ecology Consultancy’s regional office just outside of Lewes in Sussex has been trading since 2007. We are the largest dedicated ecology company in the county and have forged close relationships with private and public sector organisations, working on small to large scale housing developments, road, rail and port infrastructure, historic building renovation and district wide habitat and green infrastructure appraisals.

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 engagement with clients and their design teams to influence scheme design and helping to deliver net gains for biodiversity.

We have invested heavily in our industry leading, employee led, development, up-skilling and mentoring programme – The Orchard, which provides staff with a personalised roadmap for professional progression. The programme aims to enhance employee’s work based and personal skills through a diverse range of structured opportunities, including e-learning, job sharing and shadowing, volunteering, training, conferences and seminars, as well as ensuring that the services we provide remain of the highest industry standard.

What will the Senior/Principal Ecologist do?

The Senior/Principal Ecologist will help TEC manage and successfully deliver our responsibilities for projects of all scales by delivering high quality ecological consultancy services within budget and to deadline. The role will require the management of staff, client and stakeholder communication, protected species surveys and licensing, data management and business development.

The main areas of work will be Sussex, Kent and Surrey although the project based nature means that there will be a requirement to undertake such travel as is necessary to successfully carry out contracts.

Duties will include:

Leadership – we are looking for a confident and experienced team player to have shared responsibility for the team’s success, ensuring accountability for every task is understood at all grades. It is important to TEC that this is achieved in a productive and enjoyable atmosphere that reflects our company values.

Management - to help oversee a busy and varied team of office-based and field staff, line manage a small team, hold and chair meetings, manage and facilitate other regular communications, and drive team objectives including but not limited to setting targets and encouraging positive views of health and safety.

Communication – fulfilling the expectation of our clients by developing excellent relationships and providing personal and regular guidance, updates and support at all stages of the project. It is likely that you will represent the client in design or stakeholder meetings, liaise with regulatory bodies, other environmental disciplines and help the client with finance, contract and safety requirements.

Wellbeing, Health and Safety – supporting your team by encouraging a friendly and safe working environment, facilitating a proactive and positive safety conscious team, managing incident reporting and equipment use and monitoring staff hours and wellbeing during the busier periods.

Finances - you will be responsible for ensuring projects meet their financial targets, monitoring budgets and utilisation rates and ensuring the team are resilient and are working efficiently.

Technical - contributing to and providing expert advice during the planning and production of ESPM license documents, EcIA, mitigation design, technical scope and method statements as dictated by the project requirements.

Quality – with a high degree of client and public based scrutiny of the financial and technical components of the tasks, attention to detail and accuracy are key in order to ensure the delivery of contracts on time and within budget, as well as maintaining the high standards that TEC has established over the years.

Field Work - to undertake site based work, as required, including leading on advanced survey and mitigation techniques, working with construction staff/contractors and mentoring/training ecologists to reach the required high standard.

Person specification

  • An appropriate degree qualification
  • Full membership of CIEEM
  • A minimum of five years employment in ecological consultancy or other relevant work
  • Hold EPS survey licences for more than one species groups
  • Be able to act as named ecologist on EPSM licences and preferably be a registered consultant on either BLICL or GLICL schemes
  • Excellent fieldwork and report writing skills including, protected species surveys, EPSM licence applications and ES chapters
  • Experience in the production of post-planning documents such as ECOP, CEMP, LEMP, EMP and the application of BS42020 would be a distinct advantage
  • Be able to critically review own work and a minimum of 2 years’ experience of reviewing other people’s work
  • Must be competent in the survey of and mitigation for more than one of the following: bats badgers, dormice, great crested newts, reptiles, water voles
  • In-depth knowledge of the application of UK and relevant European environmental legislation
  • Have proven project management experience
  • Evidence of effective relationships with a number of important clients, offering advice and guidance in a prompt and professionally manner
  • Be able to manage own workload, be proactive in managing projects and be able to delegate to and provide support to Ecologists as appropriate
  • Be proficient in Customer Service and able to deliver and lead training events and workshops, both internally to The Ecology Consultancy and externally to clients and other stakeholders
  • Be personable and a team player
  • Have a full clean UK driving licence.

What do we offer?

  • An annual salary between £27,000.00 and £46,000.00 dependant on experience
  • 25 days holiday plus public holidays
  • Staff support/mentoring
  • Annual training budget
  • Flexitime and TOIL
  • Pension scheme

Applications (Your CV and a covering letter) must be received by 01 December 2017 and emailed to: or posted to The Ecology Consultancy, The Old Dairy, Barcombe Mills Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5FF.

The duties described in this job description must be carried out in a manner which promotes equality of opportunity, dignity and due respect for all employees and clients and is consistent with the company’s Equalities Policy.

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