Ecologist - Bats

Just Mammals Consultancy LLP

Brecon, Powys

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology

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

Just Mammals is an ecological consultancy which specialises in providing services with respect to British protected species, with particular expertise in mammals. Clients range from major construction companies and local government, to private individuals doing small-scale barn conversions. The main office is based in Brecon, with business activity primarily in mid and south Wales, and the west of England. The Consultancy, which is a partnership owned by its long-term staff, offers both in house and external training opportunities, as well as the opportunity to participate in all aspects of consultancy and the business.

Candidate specification:

The Just Mammals Consultancy is looking for an experienced, capable individual to join our small, dedicated team. The successful candidate will be involved in all of our work, the main focus of the role will however be on bats, and the right candidate will therefore have a particular interest in these animals. They will be expected to take on and successfully oversee simple bat projects and progress to taking on more complex projects. Depending on expertise and interest, they will be involved in, or have the opportunity to be trained in a variety of other areas. Applicants are expected to have:

  • A degree or equivalent experience in a relevant subject
  • In-depth knowledge of the ecology of British protected species and relevant legislation
  • NRW bat licence essential, and NE licence desirable
  • Other protected species licences desirable
  • Previous experience of applying for mitigation licences
  • Familiarity with bat call analysis software packages
  • At least three years of relevant experience in ecological consultancy
  • Full clean driving licence and own transport (with business use insurance)
  • Membership of CIEEM and familiarity with the technical guidance series

A high level quality of written English is required, with good observational skills and practical field abilities. Working as part of a small team, good communication and interpersonal skills are needed. A flexible approach is essential, as survey work often requires a non-standard timetable, with early morning and dusk site assessments. Given the expected irregular working hours, the successful applicant will need to be based within the Brecon area, or willing to relocate. Annual leave allowance will be 20 days in addition to our office Christmas closure. Salary will be in line with experience. The post is based on full-time hours of 37.5 hours per week. A time off in lieu policy is in operation with annualised hours, and a contributory pension scheme is also in place.

What does the job involve:

  • Independently, and as part of a team, carrying out field work of habitat and species surveys and monitoring (bats, botanical, other mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians etc.) to a high professional standard;
  • Lead on simple bat projects and assist with more complex bat projects, with a view to progression towards leading more complex projects;
  • Writing reports for bat surveys and, depending on experience, a variety of protected species surveys, method statements, EPS licence applications etc.
  • Preparing quotes for a wide variety of projects
  • Overseeing simple projects from beginning to completion, including leading teams on site
  • Liaising with clients and other industry professionals, as well as managing client expectations
  • Coordinating survey teams and managing junior staff and survey assistants
  • Other tasks as reasonable and required.

Please apply in writing or by email to Carola Hoskins, Just Mammals Consultancy LLP, Plas y Ffynnon, Cambrian Way, Brecon LD3 7HP (, with a CV and covering letter indicating your suitability for the position, with an example of relevant written work or projects as appropriate. Deadline for applications is 26th of April 2019, successful candidates for interview will be informed by 3rd of May 2019. Interviews to be held at the Brecon office on 15th of May 2019. Indicative start date: June 2019

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