Principal Ecologist

Biocensus Ltd

Stonehouse, Gloucestershire
£38,000 - £48,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 0330 223 1074 Gavin Wilson

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Monday, 26th November 2018  

This is an exciting opportunity to join a young, dynamic and fun team in a rapidly growing company, based at our new Stonehouse office.

The position primarily involves the management of our work on large infra-structure projects, but with an opportunity to lead on many of our other projects, providing ecological survey and advice to a range of clients. The job will be mainly office based but with opportunities to contribute to fieldwork when necessary.

The Principal Ecologist will be responsible for:

  • Managing our work on national infrastructure projects
  • Liaising with clients, and our network of ecologist contractors.
  • Working to constantly drive up our quality standards, from fieldwork and data to reports produced by our ecologists.
  • Managing, training and mentoring junior ecologists
  • Preparing fee proposals
  • Managing projects, carrying out fieldwork and writing reports.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be a Full member of the CIEEM, or a Chartered Ecologist.
  • Have over 10 years’ experience in professional ecological consultancy
  • Have a proven track record in ecological consultancy such that they can foster strong relationships with our clients, and quality assure the fieldwork and written work carried out by our ecologists
  • Have broad experience of survey work across a range of habitats and taxa.
  • Be an experienced project manager
  • Be a strong communicator
  • Have an ability to work under pressure and be able to quickly adapt to changing requirements
  • Be competent in common software packages such as MS office, QGIS or similar
  • Have excellent report writing skills
  • Have attention to detail
  • Have a full UK driving licence.


  • Have proven experience in botanical surveys
  • Have held an EPS mitigation licence
  • Hold CSCS card, and have proven experience of construction site working
  • Have experience of training, mentoring and managing junior staff
  • Be a Chartered Ecologist
  • Be commercially aware and have a passion to help grow our company
  • Be “accomplished” level in at least one taxa according to CIEEM Competency Framework

Salary: £38-48K

Contract type: Permanent; full time/part time/flexible working arrangements considered.

The closing date is 9am on Monday 26 November. Interviews will be held week commencing 10 December.

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