Senior Ecologist

Macarthur Green

Salary band of £29,000 - £40,000 (depending on experience)

Paid • Full Time • Permanent [email protected] 01413425404

Sectors: ecology, carbon, climate & energy, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Wednesday, 17th March 2021  

We are looking for an enthusiastic Senior Ecologist, who shares our passion for the environment to join our team.

Our team includes twenty-one ecologists, ornithologists, hydrologists and GIS professionals with over 200 years combined professional experience. Our expertise covers a diverse range of topics from population modelling, blanket bog eco-hydrology, water resource modelling, protected species and bat ecology.

In terms of what we do here at MacArthur Green, we specialise in ecology, ornithology, hydrology and peat services, primarily focussing on supporting renewable energy projects and grid networks. We work for some of the largest renewable developers operating in the UK, 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, NatureScot, 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 to deliver a positive impact for the environment and we need the right people, with the right attitude, to achieve this. We are delivering a positive impact through our three core business objectives: (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 purpose of your role will be to join and collaborate with 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) projects.

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.
  • Strong field survey experience and content to work in the office too.
  • Strong people management & mentoring skills and leadership experience.
  • 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. Ideally a licence will be held for e.g badgers, bats, GCN.
  • Strong IT skill including MS Word and Excel.
  • Positive working relationship with regulators and statutory advisors.

Salary will be dependent on experience. 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 remotely from home – so we are happy to allow a flexible approach to working depending on individual needs.

Submission is by CV and covering letter to: [email protected]

Deadline: Midday, 17th March 2021.


MacArthur Green is an equal opportunities employer.

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