Senior Survey Coordinator

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

We are looking for a senior ecologist to coordinate work on our biggest projects. This is an exciting opportunity to join a young, dynamic and fun team in a rapidly growing company, based at our beautiful office in Stroud.

The position primarily involves the management of our work on large, exciting infrastructure projects, such as High Speed 2. There will also be opportunities to get involved in our many other ecology projects.

This is primarily a management and coordination role. We are seeking a candidate who is extremely well-organised, tenacious and a great communicator. The job will be mainly office based but there will be opportunities to get involved in ecological field surveys when required.

The Senior Survey Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Managing our work schedules on large infrastructure projects, involving coordination of the work of our network of ecologists.
  • Developing strong working relationships with key client contacts, to meet the array of challenges of these projects.
  • Assuring the quality of data and reports produced by our ecology teams, and continually driving up standards.
  • Helping to manage budgets, and other contract management tasks.
  • Contributing to fee proposals.
  • Training and mentoring junior ecologists.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a proven track record in ecological project management, with 5 years or more ecological consultancy experience.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the ecological requirements of large infrastructure projects.
  • Be an extremely good communicator and have a strong team ethic.
  • Be exceptionally well organised, with experience in creating or managing systems to track the flow of information on large projects.
  • Be able to work under pressure and able to quickly adapt to changing requirements.
  • Be competent in common software packages such as MS Office, QGIS or similar.
  • Be conscientious, and have an eye for detail.


  • Be a full member of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of construction site working, including health and safety considerations.
  • Have experience of training, mentoring and managing junior staff
  • Be commercially aware and a have a passion to help grow our company
  • Hold a full UK driving licence

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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