Ecologist/Senior Ecologist

Swift Ecology

Worcestershire / Gloucestershire / Herefordshire
Dependent upon experience

Paid • Full Time • Permanent [email protected] 01926 642541 / 01299 890261 Mike Sharp / Nick Underhill-Day

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Saturday, 27th February 2021   2 days left

Salary/hours/contract dependent upon experience/role

Swift Ecology Ltd is a small, friendly and highly regarded ecological consultancy with an extremely good reputation and a loyal client base. We cover a large part of the English Midlands and surrounding areas and have a vacancy for a new staff member; at this stage we are open-minded about the grade at which we appoint, the key thing being to find the person who best fits our company culture.

All staff are currently home-based so you would need to have a fixed broadband connection and to be self-motivated and capable of working independently with minimal supervision. You will need to live, or be prepared to live, within or close to the western area of our region (ideally Worcestershire, Gloucestershire or Herefordshire).

Depending on the grade of appointment, key responsibilities might include:

  • Leading or assisting with ecological surveys
  • Producing reports and report reviewing to meet deadlines
  • Co-ordination of resources including in-house staff and sub-consultants
  • Advising clients and liaising with statutory/non statutory agencies
  • Preparation of fee proposals


  • Membership of CIEEM commensurate with the grade of appointment
  • A good degree in ecology or similar subject and working understanding of relevant UK & EU legislation, planning policies and licensing regulations
  • Experience of preliminary bat roost assessments across a range of UK bat roost types
  • NE Bat licence
  • Experience of bat activity surveys, bat detector use and sound analysis
  • A sound knowledge of UK flora and fauna to min. FISC Level 3
  • Experience of preliminary ecological appraisal and HSI assessment
  • Excellent written English
  • Relevant experience depending on the grade of appointment
  • Full UK driver’s licence and use of your own vehicle (mileage expenses paid)
  • Willingness and availability to work at night (e.g. bat activity surveys)
  • Personable and a team player

Highly desirable:

  • Up to date knowledge of survey guidance for a range of UK protected species
  • Excellent communication skills, specifically written English and report writing skills
  • Good project management skills
  • Basic working knowledge of GIS


  • Experience of preparing EPSL applications
  • Knowledge/experience of writing EcIA chapters
  • NE GCN survey licence
  • Named ecologist on EPS development licences (bats and/or great crested newts)
  • Consultancy experience

We offer:

  • Good training opportunities, staff support and career development
  • A stimulating range of projects across our diverse client base
  • A role in a consultancy where good humour, integrity, high professional standards and ethics guide our working practices
  • Paid professional fees (CIEEM)

To apply please send a CV, addressing the requirements above, and covering email to [email protected].

Closing date: Saturday 27th February 2021

No agencies.

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