Principal Ecologist - Sussex

The Ecology Consultancy

Lewes, East Sussex
£35,400 - £42,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Friday, 26th April 2019   5 days left

Are you an experienced ecologist with a strong business acumen looking for a new challenge?

As a dynamic and growing business, we are looking for a self-motivated and positive-minded Principal Ecologist to join our friendly Sussex team, operating from a historic converted barn in a rural location. The successful applicant would be involved in all areas of our work, managing a team of ecologists to find ecologically smart, commercially efficient and cost-effective solutions for projects on a variety of scales.

Day to day, you would be managing individual contracts and supporting staff, drafting high quality reports and reviewing technical work, whilst supporting clients and their design teams to identify solutions to their problems. We're keen to continue to grow our business, and you would therefore support the delivery of our regional business development strategy by costing and tendering for work, increasing invitations to bid, and finding new ways for the business to diversify and thrive.

This role would provide you with an opportunity to gain exposure to a wide variety of interesting projects and clients and develop skills in all aspects of consultancy work. We would like to offer you the chance to help shape the future of our business as well as your own career.

 To be considered for the role, you will have:

  • An appropriate degree qualification;
  • A minimum of 8-10 years’ relevant work experience;
  • An ecological specialism in one or more areas of practice;
  • Excellent knowledge of UK and European environmental legislation;
  • Excellent fieldwork and report writing skills, including protected species surveys, EPSM applications, ES chapters and ecological management plans;
  • The ability to critically review own output and possess a minimum of 5 years’ experience in reviewing others’ work;
  • Strong skills in the survey of and mitigation for two or more of the following key protected species: bats, badger, breeding birds, dormouse, great crested newt, reptiles, and water vole;
  • The ability to act as a named ecologist on EPSM (or conservation license); and preferably be a Registered Consultant on the class license scheme for one or more of the above species groups;
  • Proven project and staff management experience;
  • The confidence to manage own workload, be proactive in managing projects and be able to delegate to and provide support to junior staff as appropriate;
  • A proficiency in customer service and the ability to deliver and lead training events and workshops, both internally to The Ecology Consultancy and externally to clients and other stakeholders;
  • Full membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and preferably CEcoL;
  • Qualities of a proactive self-starter with an ability to use own initiative when appropriate;
  • A full clean UK driving licence.

The Ecology Consultancy

Founded in 1999, The Ecology Consultancy has over 120 staff and is now one of the largest dedicated consultancies run by ecologists in the country. Along with Arbeco, our new sister company offering arboricultural consultancy and habitat management services, and the environmental consultancy Temple, we form part of the Temple Group of companies. Our Sussex office is shared with Arbeco and located within the South Downs National Park. We have our own parking area and storage barn for survey and mitigation equipment.

The company is defined by our unique culture - one that puts people at the core of everything we do. We strive to create a friendly and supportive working environment, encouraging staff to take advantage of every opportunity for professional development and assisting them in their career progression. Joining the Ecology Consultancy is a chance to be part of close-knit, fun, openminded and driven team that really cares about what they do, and pride themselves on the quality of their work.

What’s in it for you?

  • Salary on a scale commensurate with experience, from £35,400 - £42,000;
  • TOIL (time off in lieu) policy and flexible approach to working hours to ensure a healthy work-life balance.
  • 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays;
  • Amazing opportunities for career development and training;
  • Auto enrolment pension scheme (after 3 months’ service);
  • Socials and volunteering days as part of our staff engagement and development initiative;
  • Fun, friendly, and openminded co-workers;
  • The chance to be part of a rapidly growing company;
  • A dog-friendly office.

If this is the role for you: Please apply by emailing your CV and a covering letter to:

Deadline for applications is Friday 26th April.

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