Principal Ecologist, Oxford

BSG Ecology


Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Monday, 29th April 2019  

The Opportunity

This is a great opportunity to join our experienced, friendly and supportive Oxford team, and one of the largest independent ecological consultancies in the UK.

Our office is in a small business park on a diversified farm at Cassington, just north of Oxford; staff can make use of a heated swimming pool, tennis courts and an on-site café.

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer benefits that include a flexible working policy, contributory pension scheme, 25 days annual leave and private healthcare amongst others.

The Principal Ecologist role will involve mentoring staff, managing and technically directing a range of projects, and working with the other Principal Consultants in the Oxford office to co-ordinate staff commitments. The applicant would report to the Oxford office Partner, Peter Shepherd, and would attend meetings of the cross-practice Senior Management Group.

What we are looking for

An ideal candidate will have:

  • At least six years applied professional experience
  • A wide range of ecological survey experience including European Protected Species licensing.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the planning system and current wildlife legislation.
  • Experience of Environmental Impact Assessment and Habitats Regulations Assessment.
  • The ability to analyse and interpret data, to provide clear and concise written advice, to technically review a variety of written outputs, and to resolve complex ecological issues.
  • The ability to mentor and manage other staff, organise the team and represent the office in cross-practice discussions.
  • Experience of various aspects of project management, including financial management.
  • The desire to promote high standards in ecology and an interest and aptitude in business development.
  • Full membership of CIEEM (CEcol would be advantageous) and a good BSc and/or MSc in a relevant subject.

About BSG

BSG Ecology was established in 1997, and is one of the largest independent ecological practices in the UK with a nationwide permanent staff of fifty, over six offices.

We are the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management Best Medium Consultancy of the Year for 2018. This prestigious award reflects our demonstrable track record on projects that deliver on biodiversity as well as commercially, our commitment to sharing learning and good practice, the structured professional development of our staff, and our promotion of high standards in the profession.

Our vision is to be the first choice ecology consultancy and to continue to build our success on rewarding and challenging work. Our focus is on helping our clients achieve their aims, as well as securing the best outcomes for the environment.

How to Apply

Please send a CV along with a covering letter detailing why you are interested in the role to Pat Clayton by Monday 29th April 2019.

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