Ecologist Project Manager / Senior Ecologist

Plan for Ecology Limited

£26,000 - £32,000 pa dependent on experience and grade

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 11th February 2022  

Vacancy: Ecologist Project Manager/ Senior Ecologist

Job title: Ecologist Project Manager/ Senior Ecologist

Benefits: 26k – 32k (dependent on experience and appointed grade) and generous holiday allowance. Company pension scheme is running with investment into Nest.

Hours: Full time (flexible working welcomed) to include regular out of hours work (evenings/ early mornings) during the bat survey season (April – October)

Duration: March 2022 (start date negotiable) – permanent (subject to 6-month probation period)

Plan for Ecology Ltd is a dynamic and growing CIEEM Registered Practice. We are searching for an Ecologist Project Manager/ Senior Ecologist to join our friendly team based at the Penryn University Campus in Cornwall. The position will involve managing small to medium sized projects from start to finish; management of sub-contractors; identifying ecological constraints, Phase 2 survey requirements and opportunities for biodiversity enhancement; tendering and technical report writing; and habitat and species surveys with a particular focus on bats. The successful candidate will be encouraged to undertake regular, fully funded CPD and will benefit from in-house mentoring.

Whilst the successful applicant will be based at our Penryn Campus Office in Cornwall, the project-based nature of our work means that there will be a requirement for travel throughout Cornwall, Devon and potentially further afield, with occasional overnight stays and possibly longer periods of working away from home.

Applicants must have/ be (Essential Requirements):

  • A relevant degree qualification
  • A positive team player with self-initiative
  • A Natural England Class 18 Level 2 bat licence
  • Be an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) or above (or eligible)
  • Experience in advising on ecological/ protected species mitigation
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in ecological consultancy or related work
  • Experienced in using a range of bat detectors and ability to accurately analyse sonograms using Analook
  • Excellent fieldwork skills with experience of a range of fauna and flora survey methods
  • Excellent knowledge of relevant environmental legislation
  • Experienced in writing Preliminary Ecological Appraisals and species survey reports, and be the primary author of these reports
  • ECoW experience
  • Have a full UK driving licence and access to a vehicle insured for business use
  • Hold a Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) card (or be eligible)
  • Ability to design, co-ordinate and lead ecological surveys, manage projects and meet deadlines
  • Willing to work outside normal office hours
  • Eligibility to work in the UK.

Preferably, candidates will also have (Desirable Requirements):

  • Knowledge of/ eligibility to undertake wildlife licensing, notably bat EPSLs
  • A relevant post-graduate degree
  • Other Natural England protected species licences (dormouse, barn owl, GCN)
  • Experience in preparing Biodiversity Metric calculations and reports, Habitats Regulations Assessments/ Appropriate Assessments and ES Ecology and Nature Conservation Chapters
  • Experience in use of GIS
  • Be willing to take on administrative tasks

Please apply by emailing your covering letter and CV to Dr Lucy Wright ([email protected]). The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight on 11th February 2022. Interviews will be scheduled for the week commencing 14th February 2022. No agencies please.