Ecologist/Senior Ecologist

Kier Highways


Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Kier Strategic Highways are currently recruiting for a Senior Ecologist to join the Area 9 Highways Maintenance contract

Kier Group plc. is a leading construction, property, residential and services group with 88 UK offices and over 22,000 employees. Listed on the London Stock Exchange, we are a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

Kier Highways design roads, bridges and intelligent transport systems (ITS), covering strategic and nationally important roads, as well as local roads serving local communities. Our projects range from major improvements to complete renewals of roads and structures. With specialist teams, we manage complex works from conception through to handover at the end of maintenance periods.

Job Purpose:

To be responsible for ecological issues in Area 9. Liaise with Environmental Bodies. Help to create strategic direction. Identify, develop and project manage ecological schemes. Carry out walkovers to undertake extended Phase 1 habitat surveys and protected species surveys. Facilitate works in designated areas, applying for licences and consents. Undertake ecological assessment work including statutory assessment under the Highways Act and Assessment of Implications on European Sites. Deliver awareness training and toolbox talks.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Advise Highways England and Kier Highways colleagues on ecological matters
  • Liaise with non-statutory and statutory environmental bodies.
  • Site walkovers and assisting with surveys of the network.
  • Identify and develop ecological schemes.
  • Project management of ecological schemes.
  • Production of reports where appropriate.
  • Undertake ecological assessment work as part of EIA (Highways Act) and AIES.
  • Implement ecology- related strategic documents such as management plans.
  • Liaise with designers and contractors regarding ecological elements of schemes.
  • Design and supervise the implementation of mitigation.
  • Apply for licences and consents.
  • Deliver training and toolbox talks.
  • Supervise sub-contractors and in-house teams working on ecologically sensitive works.
  • Actively promote Health and Safety in the workplace, setting a good example to other employees and ensuring awareness of and compliance with all legal requirements via the processes set out in the Health and Safety Procedures Manual.

Key Skills and Qualifications:

  • Relevant degree and experience of ecology in the construction industry.
  • Experience of working with protected species.
  • Highways experience preferred
  • Holding some licenses such as GCN and/or bat licence essential.

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