Senior/Principal Ecologist

The Ecology Co-op

West Sussex
£26,500 - £35,500 pa + company shares

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 01798 861800 Jaycee Leddra

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Thursday, 8th November 2018  

Senior/Principal Ecologist

The Ecology Co-op is a rapidly expanding ecology consultancy based in West Sussex, Kent and South Wales. Further to a growing work portfolio in the public and private sector, we are looking for a senior or principal level ecologist to join our team. The candidate would be based in our head office in West Sussex, however flexible working terms are available.

The closing date for this opportunity is Monday 3rd December 2018. We are offering a generous bonus through our referral scheme! £750 will be paid to the person who refers the successful candidate to us (not to be received by the candidate themselves).

  • The Ecology Co-op offers something unique in our industry. The successful candidate will be given shares in company that you work for, meaning that you will benefit directly from the profitability of the company each year through dividend payments . This is in addition to generous TOIL and an annual bonus to remunerate for overtime worked during busy periods in the summer. A substantial training budget will be made available each year and if necessary a company vehicle can also be provided. Additional benefits include an iPhone an iPad and company health insurance.

We are looking for individuals with experience of managing a variety of projects and with a good understanding of protected species technical work. The right candidate will hold more than one protected species license and will have experience of submitting European Protected Species licenses.

Within this role you will have the opportunity to undertake a broad range of ecological survey work. Experience of project management, proposal preparation, working with other environmental disciplines, and liaising with clients and consultees will all be essential attributes for the successful candidate. Experience working with other protected species is of course desirable.

Key Responsibilities

You will work closely with the team in Sussex as well as collaborating with our staff in Kent and South Wales. This will be on a wide variety of projects, which are likely to include Ecological Impact Assessments, Habitats Regulations Assessments, mitigation and habitat creation, a variety of protected species surveys and European Protected Species licenses. Whilst we would like to find a candidate with a specialism in bat surveying, the role will include the opportunity to work on a variety of surveys and projects requiring someone with a broad range of experience. Dependent upon your skills, experience and interests, you will coach less experienced staff, and manage projects or tasks within multi-disciplinary projects.

Skills / Qualifications

  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent in ecology or a related subject.
  • An MSc or PhD in a relevant subject would be beneficial but is not essential.
  • You will hold at least two protected species licenses (a bat license is preferred).
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) will be essential (or at least the ability to quickly gain membership).
  • A valid UK driving licence is essential for this role as is the flexibility to work unsocial hours and to work away on site when required.

To apply for this exciting role please send your CV and covering letter through this website. If you require any additional information or guidance please contact Paul Whitby on 01798 861800. We aim to answer all CVs via email within 7 working days after the closing date.

Diversity Statement

We are an equal opportunities employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws. The organisation is committed not only to its legal obligations but also to the positive promotion of equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment.

Please take a look at our website to learn a bit more about what we do –

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £27,500.00 to £35,500.00 /year


  • relevant: 5 years (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • bat Class 2 (Required)

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