Senior Ecologist / Experienced Bat Ecologist

Darwin Ecology

Farnham, Surrey
£26,000 - £30,000 (negotiable DOE)

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Senior Ecologist / Experienced Bat Ecologist - Farnham, Surrey

We are looking for a confident and highly experienced Senior Ecologist / Bat Ecologist to join our team of consultants in our Southern Office in Farnham, Surrey.

Key characteristics:

The successful candidate must share our passion for ecology and conservation, be enthusiastic, self-motivated and reliable, confident working independently and inspiring as part of our team. You should have at least 3-4 years professional consultancy experience, have been a named ecologist on bat licences and hold at least a Class 2 personal bat licence.

The successful candidate will:

  • Prepare, manage and execute ecological surveys for all species and mitigation projects.
  • Produce high quality ecological survey reports and review work for other members of the team.
  • Undertake protected species survey work including out of hours survey work.
  • Be an experienced project manager, confident in liaising with clients and project stakeholders.
  • Lead and deliver individual projects from start to finish.
  • Work in collaboration with the team to design ecological mitigation and enhancement schemes to be integrated into client proposals.
  • Develop the in-house bat capability of the team.
  • Undertake site work under licence to facilitate the implementation of the recommended mitigation and compensation.
  • Business management duties will include writing fee proposals and tenders, financial management, marketing and general office management.
  • Line management of junior members of staff and sub contractors, if and when appropriate.

Skills & Qualifications


  • BSc and MSc in ecology or related subject
  • Minimum of 3-4 years experience in ecology within a consultancy environment
  • Appropriate protected species licences (Bats, GCN, Dormice, Reptiles)
  • Able to demonstrate an excellent understanding of the consultants role and have proven commercial competency
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • An excellent understanding of the planning process and construction industry
  • Appropriate level of CIEEM membership
  • Proven success of working in a busy team and managing team logistics
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Ability to undertake all of the above whilst maintaining a sense of humour and positive team spirit
  • Applicants will need to hold a UK driving licence, have their own vehicle and must be prepared to travel to different sites and to work ecology survey hours.


  • Named ecologist on protected species licences
  • Registered consultant for BLICL
  • A valid CSCS card
  • GIS skills
  • Practical ecological mitigation skills
  • Marketing and tendering experience

What we offer

  • Salary is competitive and negotiable depending on experience and qualifications but will be in the range of £26,000-30,000.
  • 23 days annual leave
  • Generous annual training budget for structured training events
  • All employees are invited to join our pension scheme
  • Apple Mac laptop and iPhone
  • Flexible working hours and TOIL for all out of hours survey work
  • Flexible and friendly working environment
  • Serviced office with many facilities in a beautiful rural area on the outskirts of Farnham

About us

At Darwin Ecology Ltd, we pride ourselves on a professional, solution-focused approach combined with a strong conservation ethic and passion for wildlife. Excellent survey standards, effective and bespoke mitigation and enhancements are at the core of all of our projects. We work on a wide range of projects from small extensions to large multi-phase housing developments including National Infrastructure projects. Clients include local councils, Historic England, large and small scale property developers and architects. We have a particular focus on historic and listed buildings and we frequently receive some very interesting historic building projects from our regular clients.

We undertake a wide range of ecological surveys and contracting services across the South (Surrey, Sussex, London, Hampshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire) and South West (Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon, Gloucestershire) regions.

We are a fun and flexible team with a strong work ethic. Our team work between two office bases and meet regularly for training or collaborative work on larger projects.


Please send a CV, detailing relevant skills and experience and a cover letter to Director Mike Cummings: and Holly Brown Senior Ecologist & South West Regional Manager: 

Interviews will be arranged at a convenient time for the candidate upon receipt of suitable applications.

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