Senior Ecologist


£25,000 - £35,000 pa

Paid • Full or Part Time • Permanent Jennie Williamson

Reference: 2018-37

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Monday, 26th November 2018  

About the role:

LUC is an award-winning environmental planning and design consultancy. From offices across the UK, our team of 130+ enthusiastic consultants delivers projects that allow us to contribute to truly sustainable development while tackling some of the biggest environmental challenges facing our communities. We work hard for our clients and take pride from the innovative and creative approaches we adopt.

Owned entirely by its employees, LUC has the resources to invest in and develop our teams. As an SME, every member of our team plays an important role in the direction and development of our company. We aim to be the best in the industry at what we do and we provide the time and resources for our consultants to learn, develop and share experiences.

LUC’s Ecology team comprises 15 skilled, experienced and passionate Ecologists. We work both as a national resource and as local teams to deliver exciting, challenging and rewarding projects for our clients. Our team is united by a passion for ecology, an ambition to achieve sustainable development and an enjoyment of working together.

Having established a presence in Manchester in 2017, LUC’s team of designers and planners has grown quickly. Our Ecology function is excited by the prospect of contributing to this growing success by introducing a new Senior Ecologist to the multi-disciplinary team.

The successful candidate will work with our senior management team to develop the business in Manchester, and will contribute to the technical and professional development of less experienced members of the team. Our Senior Ecologist will also be expected to prepare tender submissions and manage and deliver new ecology projects in the North of England.

This role will be of particular interest to candidates currently working for small businesses that may not have the resources to support your ambition, or large consultancies where your voice doesn’t seem to be heard. More information about the range of projects delivered by our Ecology team can be found on our website

The salary for this role will be in the range of £25k to £35k plus benefits package, including flexible work options, generous training budget and opportunities to work across the UK.

About you:

You will have a degree and /or a post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline, and full membership of CIEEM is essential.

Your skills will include Phase 1 Habitat Survey of a range of habitats, with verifiable knowledge of higher plants. Demonstrable skills in at least one faunal taxonomic group (such as bats or other mammals, reptiles and amphibians, birds) would be highly advantageous, as would a NE licence for one or more species.

Your experience to date should include at least one role with a consultancy and within a wide range of development sectors, for example transport and housing.

Your experience should include the full range of report production, including EcIA and BREEAM, as well as a demonstrable track record of attracting and winning new work in the UK.

You will need excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to write confidently and present reports internally and to clients, and strong organisational skills with the ability to manage tasks and time, using initiative.

The role requires competency in and familiarity with UK ecological issues more generally, including relevant planning policy and legislation.

You must have proven experience in project management, including survey design and survey team management, project financial management and the delivery of Ecological Impact Assessments, research reports and EPS licences.

The nature of this work means a full driving licence is required. In addition, suitable candidates will be physically fit and feel comfortable working in remote environments. Lone working and working out of usual working hours will also be required.

For further details about LUC please visit our website

To apply please email your CV and a covering letter quoting Ref: 2018-37 to Jennie Williamson, HR Assistant at:

Closing date for applications 26 November 2018 but early applications are encouraged.

We are happy to discuss options for flexible working in this role.

LUC is an equal opportunities employer.

About us:

LUC is an independent planning, impact assessment, landscape design and ecology consultancy, working across the UK and internationally.

With a track record spanning 50 years and a team of over 150 skilled professionals, we bring great depth of knowledge and experience to our work across the private and public sectors.

Whether we are advising a commercial developer, utility company, Government agency or local authority, ours is a collaborative approach, which puts the client at the heart of the process.

We listen. We take the time to understand what drives our clients. Then we create bespoke and appropriate solutions that meet their needs and deliver the greatest value for their projects.

We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of innovative thinking, which has led to a strong reputation for successfully resolving even the most complex of issues. No matter what the project, we aim to find the most sustainable solution.

We are also passionate about the legacy we leave and hope to make a real difference through the work we do.

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