Principal Ecologist


Cramlington, Northumberland
Up to £49,000 pa depending on experience

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Friday, 26th August 2022  

EcoNorth has an exciting opportunity for a Principal Ecologist to join our team of dedicated Ecologists. With a great and growing range of ongoing projects, EcoNorth is seeking to appoint a highly experienced individual to this lead role within the organisation, which comprises a great opportunity to shape the company and the projects we work on, lead complex elements of project delivery, promote staff development and contribute towards the organisation’s Quality, Health & Safety, and Environmental Management systems.

EcoNorth is a small team which is currently growing to support the requirements of our clients. The role would be ideally suited to someone with:

  • Solid experience of commercial ecological consultancy and management of all aspects of both large scale and small scape projects, from feasibility through to construction stage.
  • Experience of managing and coordinating inputs from a wider team of Ecologists including subcontractors and other specialist disciplines.
  • Solid understanding of the implementation of the legislative framework for Nature Conservation in the UK (and Ireland).
  • Species-specific specialisms including holding individual survey licences and experience of holding mitigation licences, particularly bats and/or great crested newts.
  • Solid knowledge of habitats and habitat management principals throughout the UK (particularly Scotland and Northern England).
  • Experience of assessing and inputting to project design to deliver Biodiversity Net Gain.
  • Experience of business development.

EcoNorth’s core team is based in Cramlington, Northumberland, just north of Newcastle upon Tyne, and services client requirements primarily throughout Northern England and Scotland. However, we would also welcome applications from candidates based in Scotland, North West England or Humberside who would consider working remotely for part of the time.

The role is offered on a permanent basis, with full details of the role provided here: Job Description.


EcoNorth will offer you the opportunity to work on a variety of exciting and challenging projects from habitat creation schemes and small developments to some of the largest construction projects in the UK and Ireland, and to contribute in a meaningful way to nature conservation.

EcoNorth has a friendly, sociable team focused on building a diverse and inclusive culture. We are open to flexible working. Individuals are empowered to manage their own projects and contribute to the team’s decision making processes during the annual team consultation and regular team meetings. We offer ongoing opportunities for training and development, internal and external, with each employee provided with an individual training budget in addition to their mandatory health and safety training budget. All permanent employees are eligible to participate in our profit share and pension schemes.

We offer our clients and partners high level professional and ethical standards and accountability, which are supported by our Constructionline Gold Level membership and Acclaim certification. We have also successfully achieved ISO 45001 (Health & Safety) and ISO 9001 (Quality) certification.


EcoNorth is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, race, religion or belief, political beliefs, dietary choices, membership or non-membership of a trade union or any other characteristic unrelated to the performance of the job.

Shortlisting will be undertaken on a ‘blind’ basis. Interviews will be held at our office in Cramlington. During the interview process, candidates will be asked structured questions which will be measured against a person specification and given a written assessment.

To apply for this role, please email your CV and a brief cover letter to [email protected] outlining why you wish to work at EcoNorth and how your knowledge, skills and experience enable you to fulfil the role’s requirements.

Closing Date For Applications: Friday 26 August 2022

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