Principal Ecologist / Ecological Consultant

RSK Biocensus part of RSK Group

North, Midlands and South East
Competitive salary based on skills and experience

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Tuesday, 16th March 2021  

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for pro-active and experienced ecologists to join our ecology team. These positions can be based from several offices around England to suit the successful applicants. Currently we are home-working and this is likely to continue although applicants will be linked with the north, midlands and south east teams.

RSK Biocensus:

  • Works as a close-knit team with a strong focus on sharing expertise through internal training and professional development events.
  • Our team undertakes a vast range of interesting projects for a wide range of clients covering the full range of ecological disciplines.
  • We regularly undertake international ecology work including surveys in Africa and across Europe.
  • RSK Wilding and Nature Positive are part of RSK Biocensus and as rapidly expanding new disciplines offer RSK Biocensus staff exciting new opportunities to work at the cutting edge of ecological consultancy
  • Our highly supportive ecology team includes: NE Bat trainers, multiple bat class licence level 3 & 4 specialists, BSBI county-recorders, FISC level 5&6 botanists, university lecturers and directors / trustees of nature conservation charities.
  • RSK Biocensus is a CIEEM Registered Practice and pays the membership fees for all eligible staff. This includes four Fellows and 15 Chartered staff. In addition, staff grades are linked to the CIEEM membership grades and training in line with this career progression is actively encouraged.
  • Our Ecology team undertake a yearly Bioblitz and training day in addition to staff team building and training sessions.

To find out more about the Ecology team and projects follow us on Twitter @RSKBiocensus or take a look at our terrestrial and aquatic ecology web pages -

Salary and benefits:

  • Competitive salary based on skills and experience
  • Family friendly, flexible working opportunities
  • Choice of home-working linked to multiple office / team locations (Leeds, Tonbridge, Hemel Hempstead, Coventry, Banbury)
  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays and private health care
  • Regular structured training and career development

Principal Ecologist / Ecological Consultant

Principal Consultants have a key role within RSK Biocensus, winning work, providing leadership, technical advice and training, and leading by example. Self-motivated and proactive, you will be responsible for managing and overseeing major projects from commencement to completion and close-out. You will be expected to take on additional responsibilities within the business, demonstrating excellent communication skills with team members, peers and senior management, and contributing to business strategies.

Some of the key responsibilities will include:

  • Delivering major tenders, working with other RSK Biocensus staff and RSK departments
  • managing major projects, including financial objectives, resource allocation, managing subcontractors, risk and quality assurance
  • Taking a proactive role in mentoring staff towards their full potential, leading by example, and supporting a quality-led culture
  • Building relationships with team members of other RSK departments, particularly those which have a close working relationship with RSK Biocensus, and supporting them with the services we provide
  • Commissioning and/or leading ecological fieldwork; providing ecological advice on complex ecological issues
  • overseeing complex aspects of site work and practical elements of habitat management or creation
  • designing/leading research projects
  • assessing the ecological impacts of developments or changes in land management, and developing /designing mitigation and monitoring proposals for large and complex projects
  • representing the company at external events, as required and directed, including events relating to professional membership and business development, building networks within the industry
  • Delivering formal training to internal and external staff

Person specification

  • Show a good understanding of client needs and drivers, and how these differ between sectors, and be able to build and retain “trusted adviser” client relationships
  • Have significant experience of delivering consultancy to a range of clients, working directly for clients and meeting their expectations
  • Be comfortable and confident when communicating with clients, and coordinating responses to their requests for services
  • Likely to have 10 years consultancy experience or proven, previous experience in a similar role
  • Experience preparing and holding protected species mitigation licences
  • Line management experience
  • Enthusiasm, energy and drive to develop skills and deliver projects to the highest standard
  • Excellent report writing skills, including survey reports, EcIAs, HRAs and tenders
  • Full driving licence
  • Full Membership of CIEEM (and be working toward chartership)

For more information please email Harriet Baker, HR Business Partner on [email protected]

We operate an open and relaxed management culture that nurtures continuous improvement and innovation. This also enables us to achieve a staff turnover rate that's consistently below the industry average. Adopting a proactive growth strategy helps us to run a sustainable and profitable business while providing new and exciting career opportunities for all.

As an entrepreneurial organisation, we encourage and foster the growth of our employees. When joining RSK, a mentor works with you to ensure you set and achieve your goals. We want to accelerate your professional development, including opportunities for a promotional fast track.

Further, retaining staff is the building block of a successful organisation. As a company, RSK wants to ensure you maintain a healthy work life balance, with many opportunities for flexible working hours, locality flexibility, social activities, and community involvement projects.

The company prides itself on providing its staff with a rewarding and challenging career, encouraging Continuous Professional Development, allowing employees to reach their full potential. Having been recently placed within the top10 UK environmental consultancies (Environmental Analyst, December 2017) and number 42 in the Sunday Times Fastrack 200 which rates the success of private companies in the UK, there has never been a more exciting time to join. 

All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK/European Economic Area. 

RSK is committed to our Corporate Responsibility strategy. We seek to minimise our impact on the environment; to engage positively with the community and education groups; to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to work; and to promote Corporate Responsibility throughout our supply chain.

RSK Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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