Field & Technical Assistant

PBA Applied Ecology Ltd

Settle, North Yorkshire
£14,000 - £18,000 pa depending on competence and experience

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 01729822063 Paul Bradley

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 16th February 2020  

PBA Applied Ecology was established in 2010 and has grown to become one of the UK’s most respected specialist ecology practice. We provide clients with efficient, well-targeted, and technically competent services that benefit sustainable development projects and the conservation management of natural habitats, native species and ecosystem function.

Working throughout the UK from our base in the Yorkshire Dales we offer a wide range of services with particular strengths across terrestrial and aquatic ecology. We are especially experienced in working on challenging infrastructure projects that are located at protected or sensitive locations. Drawing upon a wealth of experience, we take an evidence-based approach and provide practical and sustainable solutions for our clients.

The Role

An exciting full time entry level opportunity for a Field & Technical Assistant at the company’s modern base in Giggleswick, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Carrying out a wide range of supportive and enabling duties for a growing team of highly skilled professional ecologists and environmental managers.

The successful candidate will be a practical individual with technical abilities and a natural team player. An intrinsically helpful, well-organised and energetic person who can engage with a wide range of tasks, from essential routine maintenance and safety checks at base through to assisting PBA teams with the delivery of challenging projects at sites across the region.

The successful candidate will work with an energetic team of ecologists, contributing valued support to this rapidly growing business, both in the office and the field. They will undertake clearly defined tasks, initially under supervision.

Specific duties to include

  • Leading role in the maintenance and care of field store, laboratory and wetroom.
  • Leading role in the maintenance and care of field equipment and company vehicles.
  • Assisting with a wide range of ecological surveys and site work.
  • Assisting with laboratory duties.
  • Assisting with digital mapping and data entry.
  • Maintenance and care of office technical equipment.
  • General store keeping duties, including specifying, sourcing and ordering new technical equipment.
  • General office duties, including basic IT maintenance.
  • Providing safety support on site, including water safety (following training).


  • A strong team player.
  • Range of practical and technical abilities.
  • Bright, energetic, enthusiastic and willing to learn.
  • Adaptable, takes initiative and has a “can do” attitude.
  • Methodological, tidy and very well-organised.
  • Good powers of concentration.
  • Has a practical aptitude and can carry out basic manual/maintenance tasks.
  • Good communication skills and able to express themselves clearly.
  • Willing to follow instruction especially in respect of personal safety.
  • Knowledge of and basic competence with computers.
  • Demonstrates keen interest in the natural environment.
  • Capable of working under pressure with the ability to meet deadlines.
  • A good level of physical ability to undertake strenuous survey work in remote locations, ability to swim confidently in open water.
  • Full driving licence.

What we offer

  • Starting salary (in range £14,000 - £18,000 pa) depending on competence and experience.
  • Training/qualifications in health & safety, first aid and basic water rescue.
  • Commensurate annual leave entitlements and company pension scheme.
  • Flexible working times and TOIL.
  • A developing career-enhancing role within a supportive and well-resourced practice.
  • Well-equipped modern offices in a beautiful location within the Yorkshire Dales, on the edge of the market town of Settle.
  • An accredited Investors in People employer, with continuous professional development opportunities.
  • Opportunity to develop ecological survey and ID skills.
  • A health & safety (CHAS) and ISO9001 accredited employer.
  • Cycle-to-work scheme.
  • Opportunities for longer term career progression.
  • Engagement with career pathway and hosted academic research projects.
  • Well-located and equipped for outdoor sports and activities.

How to Apply

Please send your CV, together with covering letter (1 side A4) explaining why you are right for this opportunity and when you will be available to start to:

Closing date: Sunday 16th February 2020 at 23:59 hrs.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a competence assessment and interview on Wednesday 26th February.

Expected start date: April 2020

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