Assistant/Consultant Ecologist - Southampton



Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Reference: 13177

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Friday, 14th June 2019  

Assistant / Consultant Ecologist - Southampton

Looking for an opportunity to enhance your consultancy experience in a friendly and thriving multi-disciplinary team? Are you an ambitious and capable team member? Looking for a varied workload?

As a consultancy of approximately 1,600 staff, WYG are large enough to work on high-profile schemes in the South Central region including Boorley Green, Sandleford Park and East Anton, and the team has a strong track record locally - including award-winning schemes such as Stoneham Park. We also deliver smaller schemes and you will have the opportunity to work across a variety of sectors including commercial and residential development, infrastructure, energy and defence.

Our national ecology team has doubled in size over the last five years as we continue to go from strength to strength, and in 2018 we were recognised by CIEEM with a Commendation in the Large-Scale Consultancy of the Year Award Category.

We are looking for a confident, proactive Assistant or Consultant Ecologist to join our South Central team and help us continue to deliver a high quality of ecological consultancy which is valued by our clients. You will support us with a wide-range of surveys, ecological impact assessments and implement ecological mitigation and enhancement measures. We will help you unlock your potential and achieve your development targets in order to progress to the next level in your career.

You will be supported by a large team of expert ecologists who will provide training and guidance to ensure you are completing ecological surveys and mitigation to our high standards and in line with published methodologies. We are therefore looking for ecologists who are positive, driven and eager to learn in order to develop their career within the ecology consultancy sector.

Previous experience of surveying and mitigation will be an advantage as will ICT skills (including MS Word and Excel) and experience of authoring technical reports. A working knowledge of relevant UK and European legislation, policy and guidance is essential as are organisation, communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team. A relevant degree, full driving licence, membership of (or eligibility to join) CIEEM and a legal entitlement to work in the UK are essential for this role.

As experienced ecologists, we understand how ecologists think and work and have introduced ecology-specific methods to allow the team to fulfil their potential:

  • With over 60 permanent ecologists across 13 offices, we work hard to operate as one cohesive team to minimise time away from home, maximise bespoke training and support from our in-house experts regardless of location, and to allow the best people to work on the projects that interest them and deliver them to the highest standards.
  • We encourage the development of well-rounded ecologists who can talk about all stages of a project rather than a niche area. We don’t automatically pigeon-hole ecologists and instead encourage diversification of skills and the passing on of knowledge to fellow ecologists. We recently held our annual all-ecology get-together over two days where our in-house experts provided training, licensing and technology updates to help us all operate to the same standards
  • Given that all grades of ecologist complete site visits and meetings, we provide cars or car allowances to every member of the team, including for personal use.
  • Our bat handling licence incentivisation scheme thanks those ecologists who spend time and effort in achieving their licence – we know it’s not easy! And to show our support of personal development, we award a significant financial bonus to anyone achieving Chartered Environmentalist status through CIEEM.
  • We work closely with many other WYG teams, including Planners, Archaeologists, Landscape Architects, Masterplanners and Engineers. With a culture of openness, there is always someone within the business who can provide advice and support for almost any query.
  • We also have an established TOIL system which allows ecologists to manage their time to suit their specific personal needs, alongside the seasonal demands of the role.

If the timing’s not quite right for you, please do still to get in touch as we will always consider bespoke working arrangements or a deferred start date to attract good people.

WYG is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

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