Ecological Consultant (Midlands)



Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Reference: 13350

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Wednesday, 23rd October 2019  

Ecological Consultant (Midlands LE7 7GR)

WYG are urgently looking to recruit an Ecologist with previous seasonal experience and a member of CIEEM (or eligible) to support our established team within environmental services in the Midlands.

Applicants who can demonstrate that they have two or more of the below capabilities could be suitable and are likely to be offered an interview:  

  • Extended Phase 1 Habitat surveying,
  • Lead great crested newt surveys and ideally hold class 1 or 2 licence,
  • Authoring technical ecological reports,
  • Project management,
  • Complete daytime bat surveys and ideally hold class 1 or 2 licence,
  • Lead bat surveys,
  • Ecological clerk of works.

A full driving licence is essential and a relevant degree, CSCS Card and Security Clearance would be advantageous but not essential.

The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting a variety of multi-disciplinary projects, with a primary focus on assisting with ecological surveys, managing field data and assisting in the production of technical reports. Fieldwork may take place in a variety of urban and rural settings across the Midlands and, less frequently, beyond. The candidate will generally support the senior- staff with ecological surveys and report writing.

As a consultancy of over 1,600 staff, WYG are large enough to work on high-profile schemes across the Midlands. We are currently supporting developments including the 2022 Commonwealth Games site in Birmingham, a new Garden suburb in Leicester and the ‘Our City Our River’ flood defence scheme in Derby. In addition, we work on a variety of residential, mineral and defence-sector schemes across the East and West Midlands.

Applicants should be able to start within 4 weeks following an offer, or ideally sooner if possible.

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

  • With 57 permanent ecologists across 13 offices, we work hard to operate as one cohesive team to minimise your time away from home and to share our wealth of experience.
  • We utilise bespoke training and support from our in-house experts regardless of location – allowing the best people to work on the projects that interest them so they are delivered to the highest standards.
  • We encourage the development of well-rounded ecologists who can talk about all stages of a project rather than just one niche area. We encourage diversification of skills and the passing-on of knowledge to the rest of the team. We recently held our annual all-ecology get together over two days where our experts provided training, including bats and lighting, BREEAM and badger sett exclusion, to name but a few.
  • 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 Class 2 bat licence incentivisation scheme rewards those ecologists who have spent time and effort in achieving their handling licence – we know it’s not easy! And to show our support for personal development, we award a significant financial bonus to anyone achieving Chartered Environmentalist status through CIEEM.
  • We have an established Time Off In Lieu system which allows ecologists to manage their time throughout the year, to suit their specific needs, alongside the seasonal demands of the role. Working on night-time surveys can be tiring, so we allow people to work as flexibly as possible to try and maintain a sustainable life-work balance.
  • We work alongside many other teams including Planners, Landscape Architects, Archaeologists and Engineers and with a culture of openness, there is always someone within the business who can provide advice and support for almost any query.

If the timing’s not quite right for you, please do still get in touch, as we are focused on recruiting the best ecologists so are happy to discuss flexible working patterns or a delayed start-date, including part-time or fixed-term contracts, in order to secure the best candidate.

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