Aerial Survey Technician

APEM Ltd

Manchester, Chester
Competitive plus benefits

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Reference: AST-21-003

Sectors: water & hydrology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 21st March 2021  


About APEM

We are APEM, a leading global environmental consultancy, specialising in terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecology, and aerial surveys.

APEM’s clients benefit from an integrated approach to the investigation and management of freshwater catchments and terrestrial and marine habitats, based on sound science and our collective experience. Our consultants are recognised experts in their fields, and as a company we pride ourselves on our commitment to scientific rigour and an excellent service in finding and providing solutions to our clients. Quality, innovation, and expert technical ability are often cited as the key reasons why clients return time after time for all their environmental consultancy needs.

People are the heart of APEM and form one of the building blocks of our strategic plan, for us, employing and retaining the best technical staff and consultants is paramount to our success.

We are proud to be an inclusive company and stand for equality for all. As such we welcome applications from all individuals regardless of race, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Our continued growth, from a small aquatic consultancy 35 years ago, to a leading global environmental consultancy hasn’t been dampened by the pandemic in 2020, and we have continued to grow and expand with further ambitious plans for 2021 and beyond.

About the role

Travel the globe, fly in private aircraft, photograph wildlife – and get paid!

Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? Well the truth is this job won’t be for everyone, but it might be your next move.

APEM is a world class remote sensing company, and is the global leader in offshore wildlife surveys. We are looking for an Aerial Survey Technician (AST) to join the team. The mission – should you choose to accept it, will be to deploy to places near or far, install a state of the art sensor system into a light aircraft, collect industry leading data and bring it back to base for processing.

The role of the AST is both challenging and rewarding, but the nature of our work, much of which is weather dependent, means that it is difficult to have clear mission start and end dates – we often need to mobilise at short notice, and we will return once the mission is complete, so a high level of domestic flexibility is a clear pre-requisite for this role.

For this role hotel rooms and light aircraft will be your office whilst on survey but the role will also require time for training, mission briefings, operations support and data processing during periods where you are not surveying. These other tasks will either be “down route” on a mission or in the office/from home. As such, this role will suit someone who is used to being away from home for extended periods, potentially someone with a military background.

If it all sounds very exciting and right up your street, take 5 minutes to think again – apart from your leave allocation that can be booked, it will be difficult to for you to plan weekends with friends, or book the car in for MOT a long time in advance. However, we do operate a roster system several weeks in advance so that you can see which days you need to be ready for survey. You may spend much of your time bouncing around in the back of an aircraft looking at pictures of the sea for hours on end, and you will definitely spend many hours talking to pilots and checking weather forecasts. If after all that the role still appeals to you send us your CV and a covering letter which tells us clearly why you think you are the person for this role. For the right person this job is a dream – go on, pinch yourself.


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