Senior Aquatic Ecologist


Basingstoke, St Albans, Croydon

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife, water & hydrology

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Our Water Environment team is recruiting an experienced Senior Aquatic Ecologist to work in our Basingstoke office. We are looking for an experienced consultant to assist with project management, business development, undertaking and coordinating field surveys, compiling technical reports, liaising with clients, and assisting with the management of the regional team.

You will be an ambitious team player with an aptitude for client care, project delivery and development of innovative, cost effective solutions in a collaborative, stimulating, demanding environment. Our Water Environment and Ecology teams operate across the UK and Ireland so there may be opportunities to work at a range of locations. However, the successful applicant will live locally or relocate to the area local to the home office.

We are looking for a self-reliant and committed candidate who thrives on challenges and is happy to collaborate across disciplines:

  • Willing to pursue excellence and implement innovative and bespoke methods to meet the requirements of complex, multi-disciplinary projects, working with many other teams.
  • Sensitive to client needs and possess strong problem-solving and inter-personal skills.
  • Able to communicate effectively with their line manager, project managers, project teams, colleagues, stakeholders and clients.
  • Able to demonstrate a professional, organised and thorough approach to work and time management and attention to detail.
  • Adaptable and flexible in terms of timekeeping so that peaks in demands can be met. The role may involve occasional longer/unsociable hours and short periods away from home.

Minimum Requirements

We are looking for candidates who have demonstrated skills in the following areas:

  • Experience in a range of Aquatic Ecology (and Ecology) field surveys and disciplines: aquatic macroinvertebrates, macrophytes, fish, crayfish, riparian mammals, River Habitat Survey, diatoms, water quality, and/or BNG Rivers Metric, etc.
  • Experience in a range of ecological reporting styles: Ecological appraisal, species technical reports, Ecological Impact Assessment in the context of wider EIA, Water Framework Directive Assessment, data analysis, etc.
  • Experience in the requirement for, coordination and management of site mitigation activities, e.g. Ecological Clerk of Works, fish rescue/translocation etc.
  • Provide support for the delivery of existing and new contracts.
  • Demonstrate field identification skills in your area of specialism; wider knowledge of freshwater ecology/habitats.
  • Possess the motivation, initiative and organizational skills needed to work effectively in a busy multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Work in a network of water scientists and ecologists in the UK and Ireland with opportunities to contribute to multi-disciplinary projects: EIA, site mitigation, monitoring, excellent opportunities for CPD.
  • Maintain internal and external client relationships; the provision of urgent ecological response and/or advice as required.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written and in particular the ability to write concise technical reports, and skills in EcIA as required.
  • Knowledge of current environmental legislation: Water Framework Directive; other legislation relevant to the aquatic environment.
  • Appreciate H&S issues associated with working near water and the operation of our laboratories (procurement and management of reagents; COSHH assessments etc).
  • First aid and water safety training would be beneficial, although this will be provided where required.
  • Assist with administrative duties, potentially to include Line Management, and help develop the nationwide aquatic ecology team.
  • Experience of Fish surveys, fish habitat assessment, macroinvertebrate/diatom survey/ID, macrophyte survey, habitat assessments, RHS, terrestrial ecology, eDNA, and/or ecological reporting.
  • Powerboat handling certificate and experience desirable.

Preferred Qualifications

Degree in an ecology, biology, zoology or related discipline (essential) – relevant post-grad qualification advantageous.

Member of professional body or eligible to qualify for this status.

Water Safety Training or equivalent (desirable).

Powerboat handling certificate (e.g. RYA Level 2) (desirable).

First Aid qualification (e.g. EFAW) (desirable).

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.

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