Senior Aquatic Ecologist / Hydroecologist


Ilkeston, Derbyshire

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology, water & hydrology

Closing date: Monday, 22nd March 2021  

Our core belief is to help each team member realise their potential. Are you ready to grow? We offer an exciting, flexible, challenging, light-hearted, yet professional working environment with unparalleled opportunities to learn, competitive rates of pay, overtime and Time Off In

Benefits including; internal training programme, external training budget, a fleet of serviced vans, childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, discounts on high street stores, reduced cinema tickets, social events and more!

We have bases in the East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire but offer a flexible working environment which we’ve adapted following the Covid-19 pandemic. We have flexible working options considered due to the national scope of our projects. Feel free to get in touch for a discussion.

RammSanderson are recruiting a Senior/Principal Consultant Aquatic Ecologist to work from our East Midlands office (although we can be flexible on location for the right candidate).

We are seeking an ambitious senior consultant to assist in the development of our Aquatic Ecology department, working closely to develop a team and with our wider ecologists and environmental consultants.

The successful applicant will have demonstrable skills and experience in Aquatic ecology / hydroecology and will meet the following requirements and desirable skills:

Job Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Degree in ecology, environmental science or related biology (post graduate qualification advantageous)
  • Full Member of relevant Professional body (CIEEM, CIWEM, IEMA, IFM etc.)
  • Demonstrable knowledge of current relevant environmental/wildlife legislation
  • First aid & water safety qualification – along with knowledge of wider health and safety issues, procedure, COSHH etc.
  • Extensive field work experience including;Certified (EA accredited) River Habitat Survey and River Corridor Assessment,Field identification skills and broad knowledge of riparian and freshwater ecology/habitatsExperience leading fish, macroinvertebrates, crayfish, macrophytes, riparian mammal, Invasive non-native species surveys & e-DNA sample collection.Water Framework Directive assessment experience, including geomorphology, macrophyte and fisheries surveys, desk studies, analysis and reporting.
  • Proven experience in field and laboratory analysis; namely aquatic macroinvertebrates, larval fish and diatoms, use of industry specific indices such as RICT, BMWP/ASPT and PSYM.
  • Confident analysis and reporting ability; able to record, interpret and present scientific data for a wide range of projects and uses.
  • Commercially Enthusiastic with desire to help develop and grow the aquatic department. Willing and confident in liaising with clients, key contacts and suppliers and able to quote and tender for new work.
  • A current full UK Driving Licence


  • White Clawed Crayfish survey licence & survey experience
  • Water quality/ habitat condition monitoring (Chemical, pH, dissolved oxygen, flow monitoring etc)
  • Understanding or Biodiversity Impact Assessment and experience of assessing aquatic habitats to inform BIA calculations (MORPH)
  • Fisheries management
  • Wildlife disease testing
  • Experience with Water Framework Directive Risk Assessment
  • Boat handling qualification
  • Experience with GIS, data capture & processing
  • Experience with Laboratory accreditation requirements
  • Ability to advise on water quality management, on rive, lake and pond restoration and the control of undesirable species and algal blooms.
  • Ability to identify freshwater macroinvertebrates to species level
  • Ability to identify specialist groups of macrophytes (such as stoneworts) to species level


  • Competitive Salary
  • Great work/life balance
  • Ability to work from anywhere
  • To join a vibrant, growing & exciting team
  • Opportunity to grow a team around you

To apply please send a covering letter and CV to [email protected] or call 0115 930 2493.

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