Ecologist and/ or Senior Ecologist

Ecology by Design

Chalgrove, Oxfordshire
£22,000 - £35,000 pro rata

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 07487700305 Ben Gardner

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 12 January 2018

Ecology by Design is currently looking to recruit an Ecologist and/or Senior Ecologist to join our team.

Ecology by Design was setup in January 2015 and we have had consistent growth ever since. We strive to employ the best and brightest and reward hard work and dedication. We provide ecology consultancy services to a wide range of clients. We pride ourselves in technical excellence and providing an innovative, pragmatic, client friendly service. Due to our success, we have an excellent opportunity for a qualified ecologist and/or senior ecologist to join our team.

We are a young business and we seek people who are keen to work in ecology, strive for excellence and are excited by being part of a young business. This role would be perfect for someone wanting to take the next step on the career ladder and challenge themselves in a supportive environment.

We work across the UK with the majority of our projects across the Home Counties, South and Midlands.

You can read more about our work on our website at

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Genuine and demonstrable enthusiasm for ecology and the environment;
  • Experience of phase 1 habitat surveys and protected species surveys;
  • Survey licence for at least one protected species e.g. bats;
  • Ability to lead field teams and manage projects;
  • Willingness to be flexible as required by a new business;
  • Good report writing skills;
  • Motivated to work both independently and as part of a team, often in remote locations and sometimes during unsociable hours;
  • Good communication skills both with colleagues, clients and third parties;
  • Experience of writing or securing European Protected Species Mitigation licences (EPSM) for at least one protected species;
  • Full driving licence and use of a car; and
  • The project-based nature of our work means the candidate must be wiling to undertake travel and work away from home with overnight stays.

Desirable skills:

  • Advanced skills in one or more specialist ecological area e.g. bats;
  • Member of CIEEM (or eligible if not currently held);
  • Degree or equivalent in an ecology related discipline;
  • Experience of using QGIS or ArcGIS;
  • Comfortable designing surveys and quoting for work; and 
  • Secured European Protected Species Mitigation (EPSM) licences for protected species e.g. great crested newt or bats.

Working for Ecology by Design

We offer:

  • Apple computer and iphone;
  • Competitive salary;
  • Two professional memberships paid for;
  • In-house training and external training budget;
  • Unlimited annual leave and flexible approach to work time, balancing a healthy work life balance.

New perks added frequently, reflecting an exciting and innovative business.

The candidate must live within commuting distance to Oxford or be wiling to relocate.

Being part of a young company offers excellent opportunities for rapid career progression.


For an informal discussion about the job, please contact Ben Gardner on or 07487700305.

In the first instance please send your CV and covering letter to the email above including the location you are based, salary expectation and the level you are applying for (ecologist or senior ecologist).

Closing date for applications is12th January 2018. If you have not heard from us by Friday 26th January, please assume that your application has not been successful. We may request further information before inviting prospective candidates for interview.

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