Senior / Principal Ecologist

Harmil Environmental Limited

Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire
Up to £35,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent [email protected]

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Monday, 1st March 2021  

Location: Long Crendon (although the option to work from home if possible for the right candidate)

Pay: Up to £35,000

About Us:

Harmil Environmental Limited is a multi-disciplinary company that is just beginning on its path within numerous sectors. As an organisation, we aim to cover as many aspects of the planning requirements as possible for the ease of the clients, as well as taking on board relevant private projects as requested. As a relatively new company, we currently have a small team of employees, with a friendly, relaxed working atmosphere. Harmil Environmental Ltd’s head office is located in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, but due to demand we are expanding into new areas of the country.

The successful candidate will lead the ecology branch, also trading as Elite Ecology. The company is approaching its third survey season and has a good track record in delivering on projects for a wide variety of clientele.

Our main focus is to efficiently complete projects for our clients, whilst ensuring the protection and enhancement of the natural world during the planning process and within private projects.

Our vision is to offer as many services as possible to a wide variety of clients nationwide during the planning process and private projects. We aim to continually expand, with a variety of new opportunities likely to arise in the future.

The Opportunity:

An opportunity has arisen to be either a senior or principal ecologist for an ecological consultancy that has obtained a great reputation. The role will see the successful candidate lead a small team, provide sufficient guidance and work on a variety of different projects that will test their skill sets and subject knowledge. Our wide range of clientele offers continual fresh projects that offer exciting opportunities. The successful candidate will initially lead a small team of seasonal surveyors, as required, for the projects within the geographical area. A job with Harmil Environmental Ltd will offer continual progression, both in terms of the role at the company and continued professional development. The option for continued career promotion is possible, with the successful candidate growing with the company.

As part of our initial expansion plans, our new office is located at Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire. This office has excellent road links to enable the team to commute across the southern portion of the UK. However, for the right candidate, the option to work from home can be discussed.

The successful candidate will benefit from a competitive salary that offers a flexible working policy, holiday pay and pension scheme.

Person Specification:

The ideal candidate will fulfil a variety of criteria.


  • A full UK Driving Licence
  • A minimum of a BSc degree in ecology, conservation, natural sciences or a relevant subject at 2:1 or higher.
  • Previous relevant professional experience in the ecological sector
  • Hold at least 2 protected species survey licences
  • Be a member of CIEEM or a relevant professional body of at least Associate level (or equivalent).
  • The ability to work in a team and on their own
  • Good communication skills
  • Experience in writing reports to a high standard
  • Knowledge of solving ecological constraints
  • Project management knowledge
  • A knowledge of the relevant legislation and policies
  • Good client liaison skills


  • The ability to apply for mitigation/development licences
  • Experience in mentoring and developing younger or more inexperienced members of staff
  • Experience of Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW)
  • Experience of working with GIS Software
  • First Aid trained
  • Any other relevant qualifications (e.g. CSCS, CSJK etc.)

How to Apply:

Please send your CV along with a covering letter (no less than one side of A4) outlining why you are interested in the role and why you feel you are the right candidate to the Careers Team at [email protected] by 1st March 2021. Interviews will be undertaken in readiness for the applicant to start in March/April on a full-time basis.

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