Assistant Ecologist

Clarkson & Woods Ltd

Blackford, Somerset
£17,000 - £20,600 pa

Paid • Full Time • Temporary 01934 712500 Tom Clarkson

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Thursday, 25th January 2018  

Clarkson and Woods has opportunities for seasonal Assistant Ecologists (8 month contracts initially, commencing March 2018) to help support our team during the busy field season. This is an excellent opportunity to learn some practical survey and mitigation techniques for a range of species and habitats alongside gaining experience of technical report writing and data presentation in our busy yet friendly office.

Clarkson and Woods is a busy, well-established and highly regarded ecological consultancy operating mainly in southern England. We offer a friendly, supportive, relaxed and well-equipped work environment. Job satisfaction and continuing professional development are core elements of our ethos. We take pride in providing a comprehensive training programme each year which includes guest lectures, workshops and practical field based training sessions which all staff are encouraged to attend.

For the first part of the contract, the successful applicants will be principally working on a project involving great crested newt mitigation in southern Gloucestershire, working alongside other team members. During this time you will be provided with full training on field techniques associated with great crested newt mitigation work. Weekend work will be required.

Thereafter, you will be based at our office, working on other projects throughout southern England. You will expand your knowledge base and receive training in the field, surveying for protected species, including dormice and bats, as well as Phase 1 survey skills. At the office, you will be involved in report writing and have opportunities to attend specialist training including grassland species and invasive plants. Mentoring will be provided by senior ecologists.


  • A degree in an appropriate science discipline, ideally ecology or biology.
  • A passion for wildlife
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • Ideally candidates should have a basic understanding of surveying for protected species. Experience of such surveys would be an advantage although full training will be given.
  • Candidates should be familiar with wildlife legislation within the UK and ideally have a basic understanding of the planning system and planning policy guidance
  • Candidates must be well organised, capable and bring a ‘can-do’ attitude with them
  • Professional experience and membership to CIEEM is desirable although it is not essential
  • Candidates should be physically fit and must hold a full UK driving licence. Given our rural office location your own transport is a necessity

Successful applicants will need to be enthusiastic, independent, reliable and trustworthy. The nature of our work will require you to work outside of normal office hours, including during weekends, evenings and early mornings. Travel throughout the UK (mainly Southern England) will be required, as will overnight stays. All Ecologists are expected to work overtime during our busiest periods. Overtime and business expenses will be reimbursed.

Applications should be made by sending a covering letter and your CV to If you require further information or would like to discuss the role please call our office on 01934 712500 and ask to speak to Tom.

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