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Senior Ecologist

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Contract typePermanent
Contract length
LocationBrighton, UK
HoursFull time

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Urban Edge Environmental Consulting Ltd is a specialist ecological and environmental planning practice operating across the UK.

From our main offices in Brighton, we assist our clients in understanding the ecological and environmental constraints and opportunities facing their development proposals.

We provide consulting services to a wide range of private and public sector organisations, including local government and regulators, housebuilders and commercial developers, infrastructure operators, utilities companies, architects and planning consultants. Our aim is to innovate in partnership with our clients to achieve lasting, effective and creative solutions for sustainable development.

We adopt a pragmatic, adaptable, commercially aware and innovative approach to enabling our clients’ objectives, while ensuring that legislative and policy requirements are fulfilled.  We draw on a wealth of technical expertise and specialist experience, which we combine with a friendly, professional and adaptive approach.  Our methods are carefully tailored to meet, and aspire to exceed, client expectations. 

An opportunity to join a small, dynamic and expanding environmental consultancy.  Our success is founded on the quality and wellbeing of our team, and we are committed to achieving mutual benefits through continuing professional development and positive workplace practices which value individuals. 

We work in sectors including residential, commercial, education and renewable energy developments, transport infrastructure and local development planning.

This role presents a fantastic opportunity for a skilled senior ecologist looking for their next challenge.

Senior Ecologist

We are seeking a well-qualified and experienced individual to join in our ambitious growth and development plans.  The role will lead the implementation of a busy field work schedule and include mentoring the development of junior staff.  You will have a successful track record of delivering high quality technical work and written reports.  You will possess excellent field skills, personal and project management skills, and be increasingly involved with client liaison, opportunity identification and bid preparation.

Role Requirements

  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent in ecology or a related discipline
  • An MSc or PhD in a relevant subject would be highly beneficial
  • Strong experience in a range of ecological surveys including habitat surveys and protected species surveys using a wide variety of techniques
  • Extensive experience in producing high quality technical outputs, including Phase 1 reports, PEAs, protected species survey reports, ecological mitigation/enhancement plans, etc
  • You will hold Natural England survey licences for at least two species/groups
  • Membership/Chartership within the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) or similar professional institute is essential
  • Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately to internal and external stakeholders, both verbally and through written communication
  • A valid UK driving licence is essential for this role as is the flexibility to work away on site when required

Desired Experience

  • Experience in successfully obtaining European Protection Species Mitigation (EPSM) licences would be highly desirable
  • Experience in drafting EPSM applications would be advantageous
  • Drafting or contributing to Ecological Impact Assessments and Habitats Regulations Assessments
  • Use of GIS software, particularly ArcGIS
  • Working with other environmental disciplines
  • Business development in the ecological sector, bid preparation and sales

Key Responsibilities

  • Day to day client liaison and reporting on progress against time and budget
  • Ensuring that your portfolio of projects are on track for delivery within time and budget
  • Producing high quality technical outputs and contributing to technical reviews of content written by others
  • Providing technical guidance and support to junior team members

Benefits of the role

  • Developing leadership skills in a small but growing team
  • Opportunity to demonstrate and develop your business development skills
  • Dedicated personal development budget
  • Competitive salary and benefits package

To apply

Please send your CV and covering letter by 22 November 2017 to:

Closing date2017-11-22