Assistant Ecologists

Thomson Environmental Consultants

Birmingham, Cardiff, Guildford or Leeds

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Are you hard-working and practical with a professional work ethic? Do you love the outdoors, ecology and the environment? 

The role

We have multiple opportunities for Assistant Ecologists to help support our terrestrial ecology teams throughout the UK. We are particularly keen to hear from those who hold a GCN or bat licence or are proactively working towards gaining their licence.

This is a great opportunity to learn some practical survey and mitigation techniques, in a range of species and habitats, as well as gaining experience of working in a busy independent environmental consultancy. Many of our previous assistant ecologists have gone on to secure full time permanent positions with us. 

You’ll need to be fully available until the end of September (in the first instance), have a car, full UK driving licence and be willing to travel and stay away from home, as required. Accommodation and mileage will be paid for, and a generous subsistence allowance will be given when staying away from home. Ideally, you will be located within 1 hours commute from our offices in Birmingham, Cardiff, Guildford or Leeds or be willing to relocate. 

Successful candidates will have

  • a degree in ecology or a related field, or suitable relevant experience
  • the right to work in the UK
  • a valid driving licence and vehicle, insured for business use
  • experience of ecological survey and mitigation work
  • availability to attend mandatory training in advance of start date
  • the ability to travel and stay away at survey sites in various locations around the country
  • confidence to work independently, and as part of a team
  • self-motivation with the ability to learn quickly.

Ideally, successful candidates will also have the following

  • a protected species licence e.g. GCN, bat or dormouse
  • membership to the Chartered Institute of Ecological and Environmental Management (CIEEM)
  • a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card
  • First Aid at Work certification.

About us

Thomson Environmental Consultants are experts in environmental compliance. Our specialist teams have been advising our clients across various sectors, on how to achieve their objectives and meet required environmental compliance since 2004. We cover a breadth of specialisms and are always pragmatic with our advice. With offices in Birmingham, Cardiff, Guildford and Leeds, our teams assist with ecological advice, surveys and assessments, habitat design and creation, ecological contracting, invasive species management, freshwater and marine consultancy, arboriculture surveys, reports, consultancy and contracting, data management and mapping and last, but not least, marine laboratory services (invertebrates, fish and sediment analyses).

You’ll be joining a happy, friendly, supportive workplace, guided by our values of Respect, Integrity, Support and Excellence.

You’ll enjoy all the benefits we have to offer, including;

  • 5 weeks annual leave per year (pro rata)
  • collaborative and supportive culture
  • fantastic on-the-job training
  • opportunities for career progression
  • regular social events, including a Summer and Christmas party!
  • paid mileage, travel & subsistence, whilst away from home
  • discounted gym membership (location dependent)
  • free parking (location dependent)
  • cycle to work scheme
  • discounted outdoor clothing
  • fully stocked kitchen, including unlimited supply of biscuits, with the odd cake thrown in for good measure!

Please apply as soon as possible with your CV and a convincing covering letter to outlining your suitability for the role (max 500 words).

Please confirm your preferred office: Birmingham, Cardiff, Guildford or Leeds, as well as your current address. Interviews will be held (mostly over Microsoft Teams) on a rolling basis in the coming weeks.

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