Senior Ecologist

MacArthur Green

£27,000 - £39,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 0141342 5404 Kirsty MacArthur

Sectors: ecology, carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Friday, 21st August 2020  

Senior Ecologist

Salary £27,000 – £39,000

MacArthur Green require an enthusiastic Senior Ecologist, who shares our passion for the environment and renewable energy projects, to join our small and friendly team. Our team are super busy, and we are looking for a positive and motivated person to support our clients and the rest of the ecology team.

In terms of what we do here at MacArthur Green, we specialise in ecology, ornithology and peat services, primarily focussing on supporting renewable energy projects and grid networks. We are proud to work for some of the largest renewable developers operating in Scotland, such as Vattenfall, ScottishPower Renewables, Scottish and Southern Energy Renewables, EDF, BayWa, RES UK & Ireland and Brookfield, with projects onshore as well as offshore. We are also privileged to support statutory bodies such as The Crown Estate, the Scottish Government, Scottish Natural Heritage, Natural England and the UK Government.

We are pretty fussy about the work we take on and the people we hire. This is because MacArthur Green aims to only work with clients that want to deliver a positive impact for the environment and we need the right people to achieve this. We are delivering a positive impact in three ways: (1) we help projects with important environmental benefits succeed; (2) we support ecological research projects important to sustainable development, and (3) we operate a carbon negative business.

If you are a senior ecologist and MacArthur Green sounds like somewhere you would like to work, read on! 

Job Description

The overall objective of your role will be to work as part of our team to successfully deliver projects that have important environmental benefits – such as renewables. This will include:

  • Responsibility for project management, coordination and delivery of ecology and peat projects.
  • Preparation and review of Ecological Assessments, Habitats Regulations Assessments and technical reports. 
  • Preparing and coordinating tender submissions.
  • Designing and managing the delivery of various types of ecological surveys.
  • Managing Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) jobs.  
  • Line management and leadership.

Essential Criteria

  • Strong experience and understanding of the environmental planning system in relation to the production of ecological impact assessments. 
  •  Demonstrable experience and understanding of the European Birds and Habitats Directives and methods for assessments with regards to European Designated sites.
  • Experience of undertaking or managing ECoW roles. 
  • Strong field survey experience.
  • Strong people management & mentoring skills.
  • A flexible and proactive approach to work.
  • Comprehensive experience of project management and managing a diverse workload.
  • The ability to produce and review high quality reports and deliver them to clients on time and to budget.
  • Educated to higher degree level in ecology or related subject, or able to demonstrate an equivalent level of experience.
  • Strong IT skill including MS Word and Excel.
  • Good working relationship with regulators and statutory advisors.

Salary will be dependent on experience (salary band of £27,000 – £39,000). Other benefits include: Bonus Scheme and Pension Scheme.

The role will be primarily based in our office in the west end of Glasgow, right on the banks of the River Kelvin. However, one good thing to come out of the current pandemic is that it has shown us we can work as a team with everyone working from home, so we are keen to open up this role to candidates out with Glasgow too!

Submission is by CV and covering letter to:

Deadline: Midday, 21st August 2020. 


MacArthur Green is an equal opportunities employer. 

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