Senior Ecologist

Biocensus Ltd

Stroud, Gloucestershire
£30,000 - £40,000 pa

Paid • Either • Permanent 0330 223 1074 Gavin Wilson

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Monday, 18 December 2017

This is an exciting opportunity to join a young, dynamic and fun team in a rapidly growing company, based at one of our beautiful offices in Bath and Stroud.

The position primarily involves the management of ecology projects, production and review of technical reports, and liaising with our clients and subcontractors. The job will be mainly office based, but with regular fieldwork opportunities.

The Senior Ecologist will be responsible for:

  • Managing ecological consultancy projects
  • Communicating with clients
  • Preparing technical documents, for example PEA reports and EPS licence applications
  • Assuring the quality of fieldwork, data and reports produced by our ecologists
  • Leading ecological field surveys
  • Contributing to fee proposals
  • Training and mentoring junior ecologists

The successful candidate will:

  • Have over 5 years of experience in ecological consultancy
  • Have proven experience in undertaking Phase 1 surveys
  • Have proven experience in ecological survey work across a range of habitats and taxa
  • Have proven experience in project management
  • Have excellent report writing skills
  • Have a good understanding of clients’ needs
  • Be a good communicator and have a strong team ethic.
  • Be a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management
  • Be competent in common software packages such as MS Office, QGIS or similar
  • Be conscientious, and have an eye for detail
  • Hold a full UK driving licence


  • Have proven experience in botanical surveys
  • Have held an EPS mitigation licence
  • Hold CSCS card, and have proven experience of construction site working
  • Have experience of training, mentoring and managing junior staff
  • Be a Chartered Ecologist
  • Be commercially aware and a have a passion to help grow our company
  • Be “accomplished” level in at least one taxa according to CIEEM Competency Framework

Contract type: Permanent, full time. (Part time appointments/job shares would be considered.)

About Biocensus

Biocensus has a growing in-house team, based in beautiful offices in Bath and Stroud. Our business model is based on utilising the skills of a network of over 500 expert ecologists around the country, to provide high quality surveys and advice, managed and quality assured by experienced in-house people. We believe this has great benefits: our ecology fieldwork is carried out by experienced people, who live near the sites so we minimise our carbon footprint whilst maximising local knowledge, and our outputs are overseen by amongst the most experienced people in the industry.

We work on a wide range of projects, from the very small – perhaps ecology advice for a single dwelling development – to the largest, such as High Speed 2 and other large infrastructure projects.

Our flexible model of in-house rigour and pragmatism, and our extensive, quality-assured network of experts allow us to respond rapidly to the needs of our clients, whatever their requirements. Recent rapid growth in both our smaller-scale, technical advisory work, and the deployment of large teams of ecologists on the country’s largest infrastructure projects, mean that we now need to expand our in-house team.

We want the brightest and best people in the sector to come and join us, to help us manage the many challenges associated with our growing business. We are currently recruiting two senior ecologists, but are always interested in hearing from talented individuals who are interested in joining our team. We strongly believe in the principles of supporting and developing our staff, and we strive to give every opportunity for career progression in-house, and in terms of CPD training.

We are also strong believers in the application of sound scientific and ecological principles in the work that we do. The Chair of our Board, Dr. Stephanie Wray is the President of CIEEM, and our Managing Director, Tim Hounsome, is on CIEEM’s Advisory Board.

To apply, please visit our website.

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