Just Mammals

Brecon, Powys

Paid • Full Time • Permanent Carola Hoskins

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Friday, 5th July 2019  


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, which includes a wide range of habitat and protected species work. They will be expected to take on and successfully oversee simple 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 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
  • One or more protected species licences desirable
  • Familiarity with bat call analysis software packages desirable
  • Familiarity with QGIS (or other GIS software) desirable
  • At least two 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 (preliminary ecological appraisals, bats, other mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians etc.) to a high professional standard;
  • Lead on simple projects and assist with more complex ones, with a view to progression towards leading more complex projects;
  • Drafting and writing reports for, depending on experience, a variety of protected species surveys, method statements, EPS licence applications etc.
  • Preparing quotes for a wide variety of projects
  • Dependent upon experience, 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
  • Dependent upon experience, 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 5th of July 2019, successful candidates for interview will be informed by 10th of July 2019. Interviews to be held at the Brecon office on 17th of July 2019. Indicative start date: August 2019

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