Biodiversity/Ecological Consultants

RSK Group plc

Cheshire or Bristol
Commensurate with experience

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 07917 425645 Sarah Murphy

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Friday, 01 December 2017

RSK Group is one of Europe’s fastest growing solutions focused environmental and health and safety consultancies, with offices in the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. It provides a range of services for a wide range of clients within the property, manufacturing, oil, gas and energy sector. Since 1989, our philosophy has remained the same: employ, develop and retain talented people. Working for RSK is an opportunity to evolve as a professional, to innovate and to make a difference.

Our success is founded on the talent of our employees, so we recognise the importance of personal growth, encouragement and earned rewards. As a company, we want you to share in our achievements and we want to be a conduit for your success.

RSK’s International Projects Group (IPG) is a geographically diverse team that works on global environmental and social management projects. We work with major clients to meet the increasingly stringent legislative requirements of lending institutions including the IFC, EBRD and ADB. We have project resources and experience spanning the UK, Europe, the FSU, the Middle East and Africa and an excellent track-record for delivering high quality ESIAs on time and within budget.

We now have an exciting opportunity for a number of biodiversity/ecology professionals within the IPG. The roles full time, 40 hours per week. The preferred location for these positions is in either Helsby (Cheshire) or Bristol, however working from another location would be considered, depending on the strength of the candidate’s application. Travel to and collaboration with other RSK offices and staff working globally will be required.

Biodiversity/Ecological Consultants - Helsby (Cheshire) or Bristol

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Contribute to planning and coordination of biodiversity inputs for projects and tenders for the IPG team
  • Specifically, assisting with the biodiversity elements of screening, scoping and delivery of international projects including feasibility studies, scoping reports, environmental and social impact assessments (ESIAs), critical habitat assessments, biodiversity action plans, biodiversity offset strategies (No Net Loss/Net Gain), monitoring programs, etc.
  • Implementing corporate biodiversity programmes, including issues such as design and field-testing of baseline survey methods, biodiversity metrics, impact assessment protocols, mitigation programmes and biodiversity offsets, in collaboration with our ecological specialists
  • Management (or deputy project management) of IPG biodiversity projects as required
  • Providing business development support to the Biodiversity Team Leader including preparation of marketing materials, meetings with existing and potential new clients, participation in relevant industry events, etc
  • In addition to your normal duties, you may occasionally be required to undertake additional work necessary to meet the needs of the business, and to travel to other work locations in the UK or abroad for periods of time

Person specification:

  • Honours degree in a relevant discipline
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience working in biodiversity/ecology consultancy
  • Experience on oil and gas pipeline projects is ideal but not essential
  • Specialist skills in a particular ecological field (e.g. botany, herptiles, small mammals, etc.) would be particularly advantageous
  • Familiarity with international Lender standards (including Equator Principles, IFC PS6, EBRD PR6 and EIB Standard 3) is ideal but not essential
  • Good personal skills, covering written and oral communications, planning and coordination
  • Team player, with the ability to work comfortably within multi-cultural teams in different environments and countries
  • Enthusiastic self-starter, with the ability to work autonomously

Salary and Benefits

  • £commensurate with experience
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays, childcare vouchers and private health care
  • Flexible working hours
  • Regular training and development.

All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK/European Economic Area. Candidates should confirm this when applying with their CV and covering letter to Sarah Murphy, HR Manager, at or for more information please call 0117 300 4295.

We operate an open and relaxed management culture that nurtures continuous improvement and innovation. This also enables us to achieve a staff turnover rate that's consistently below the industry average. Adopting a proactive growth strategy helps us to run a sustainable and profitable business while providing new and exciting career opportunities for all.

The company prides itself on providing its staff with a rewarding and challenging career, encouraging Continuous Professional Development, allowing employees to reach their full potential. Having been recently placed within the top 10 UK environmental consultancies (Environmental Analyst, December 2016) and number 42 in the Sunday Times Fast Track 200 which rates the success of private companies in the UK, there has never been a more exciting time to join.

To see further career opportunities with RSK Group, visit our website

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