Consultant Ecologist

Applied Ecology Ltd

£19,000 - £27,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract 01223422116 Duncan Painter

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Friday, 1st February 2019  


Applied Ecology Ltd (AEL) is an independent ecological consultancy originally established in 2005. With offices in Cambridge and Glasgow, AEL operates throughout the UK, providing robust, pragmatic and solution-focused ecological expertise to support a broad range of sectors. We work on behalf of a large range of clients including commercial and residential developers, planning consultants, architects, larger environmental consultancies, utility companies, statutory agencies, planning authorities and private individuals. In 2011, the practice was awarded the Tony Bradshaw Best Practice Award by the (then) Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, and in 2018 we were Highly Commended in the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management's (CIEEM) Best Practice Awards.

Overview of the role

AEL puts great emphasis on the importance of high level field survey and taxonomic identification skills, and ecologists operating at all levels in the company are actively involved with project field work.  

We are seeking Consultant Ecologists to support our Senior and Principal Ecologists in the delivery of an increasing diversity of project work across England (and occasionally Scotland) based out of our Cambridge office . This will be an excellent opportunity for a dedicated, hard-working and motivated ecological graduate who is open to new challenges and who wants to increase their knowledge and skills sets. You will need to have high quality natural history skills and be accustomed to flexible/unsociable working hours, be approachable, organised and logical, with a pragmatic and mature attitude to work. Experience of remote/independent working is required (including with respect to fieldwork). We expect all staff to have involvement in all stages of a project’s lifespan, as is appropriate to their skills and experience.

The role is expected to be full time, and a fixed term appointment (FTA) of 6 months in the first instance.  All AEL positions are subject to a probationary period. Retention beyond this period is dependent on performance review and order book.

Key tasks

The role will primarily involve:

  • unassisted completion of preliminary ecological appraisals and Phase 1 habitat surveys in a range of environments, using at least a basic[1] level of plant ID and faunal appraisal skills;
  • completion of more detailed faunal/habitat surveys where these fall within a capable level of competency, offering at least one taxonomic group at a capable level;
  • assisting more experienced staff on more detailed faunal/habitat surveys where only a basic level of competency can be proven, with a commitment to increasing competency over time where relevant;
  • processing of ecological field data (e.g. digitising, sound analysis etc.) where relevant;
  • producing, under guidance, well-written reports for checking by more senior staff;
  • assisting with the drafting of Ecological Impact Assessments, including consideration of mitigation and enhancement options;
  • organising own workloads to deliver project work on time and within budget;
  • managing certain aspects of projects as designated by the overall project manager;
  • accompanying more senior staff to meetings;
  • assisting with the preparation of tender documents.

Qualifications and experience

The successful candidates must:

  • have a relevant first degree in ecology or environmental management;
  • have at least 1 year of relevant post-graduate employment experience in professional practice;
  • capable skills in Phase 1 habitat survey;
  • be literate in commonly used approaches to faunal survey in England;
  • have a clean, full driving licence;
  • be a member of CIEEM;
  • be fluent in the use of Microsoft office software (Word, Excel etc.).

Personal attributes

The successful candidates will:

  • have excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • work efficiently independently but also effectively and flexibly as a member of a team;
  • be organised, reliable and thorough;
  • be physically fit.

Desirable criteria

It will be advantageous for candidates to have:

  • a post-graduate degree or qualification in a relevant subject (ecology or environmental management);
  • protected species licence(s);
  • basic competence in GIS;
  • a CSCS card;
  • a sense of humour.


Please email your CV and covering letter to Dr Duncan Painter - by Friday 1 February 2019

[1] The terms basic, capable, accomplished and authoritative are used in accordance with the definitions within the CIEEM Competency Framework.

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