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Senior/Principal Ecologist

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Contract typePermanent
Contract length
OrganisationThe Ecology Consultancy
SalaryAn annual salary between £27,000.00 and £46,000.00 dependant on experience

Job details

The Ecology Consultancy (TEC) was established in 1999 and is now one of the largest and most successful consultancies in the country. The Ecology Consultancy’s regional office just outside of Lewes in Sussex has been trading since 2007. We are the largest dedicated ecology company in the county and have forged close relationships with private and public sector organisations, working on small to large scale housing developments, road, rail and port infrastructure, historic building renovation and district wide habitat and green infrastructure appraisals.

Our staff enjoy working in a friendly and supportive environment with an emphasis on continuing professional development and career progression. Our staff pride themselves on the quality of their work, our engagement with clients and their design teams to influence scheme design and helping to deliver net gains for biodiversity.

We have invested heavily in our industry leading, employee led, development, up-skilling and mentoring programme – The Orchard, which provides staff with a personalised roadmap for professional progression. The programme aims to enhance employee’s work based and personal skills through a diverse range of structured opportunities, including e-learning, job sharing and shadowing, volunteering, training, conferences and seminars, as well as ensuring that the services we provide remain of the highest industry standard.

What do we offer?

  • An annual salary between £27,000.00 and £46,000.00 dependant on experience
  • 25 days holiday plus public holidays
  • Staff support/mentoring
  • Annual training budget
  • Flexitime and TOIL
  • Pension scheme

The Senior/Principal Ecologist will help TEC manage and successfully deliver our responsibilities for projects of all scales by delivering high quality ecological consultancy services within budget and to deadline. The role will require the management of staff, client and stakeholder communication, protected species surveys and licensing, data management and business development.

The main areas of work will be Sussex, Kent and Surrey although the project based nature means that there will be a requirement to undertake such travel as is necessary to successfully carry out contracts.

Person specification

  • An appropriate degree qualification
  • Full membership of CIEEM
  • A minimum of five years employment in ecological consultancy or other relevant work
  • Hold EPS survey licences for more than one species groups
  • Be able to act as named ecologist on EPSM licences and preferably be a registered consultant on either BLICL or GLICL schemes
  • Excellent fieldwork and report writing skills including, protected species surveys, EPSM licence applications and ES chapters
  • Experience in the production of post-planning documents such as ECOP, CEMP, LEMP, EMP and the application of BS42020 would be a distinct advantage 
  • Be able to critically review own work and a minimum of 2 years’ experience of reviewing other people’s work
  • Must be competent in the survey of and mitigation for more than one of the following: bats badgers, dormice, great crested newts, reptiles, water voles
  • In-depth knowledge of the application of UK and relevant European environmental legislation
  • Have proven project management experience
  • Evidence of effective relationships with a number of important clients, offering advice and guidance in a prompt and professionally manner
  • Be able to manage own workload, be proactive in managing projects and be able to delegate to and provide support to Ecologists as appropriate
  • Be proficient in Customer Service and able to deliver and lead training events and workshops, both internally to The Ecology Consultancy and externally to clients and other stakeholders
  • Be personable and a team player
  • Have a full clean UK driving licence.

Applications (Your CV and a covering letter) must be received by 01 December 2017 and emailed to: or posted to The Ecology Consultancy, The Old Dairy, Barcombe Mills Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5FF.

For further information on this vacancy see:

The Ecology Consultancy is an equal opportunities employer.

Closing date2017-11-02