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Field Ecologist x 15 (Open Evening)

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Contract typeFixed-term
Contract lengthBetween 3 and 7 months
LocationWest Midlands

Job details

AECOM is one of the leading environmental consultancies in the UK&I with over 100 professional ecologists supporting AECOM’s goal to deliver a better world, though effective management of the biodiversity which underpins natural capital. We are looking to grow our team in several locations. We have opportunities for ecologists to join AECOM, experience the exciting breadth of work we are involved in and contribute to the success of our team.

AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, see how we deliver what others can only imagine at and @AECOM.

We work across terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments in a wide range of sectors; Power, Utilities, Development, Government, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas and Transportation. The majority of our work is based in Ireland and the UK, and there may also be international opportunities overseas including Europe, Middle East and Africa. Our ecologists work with architects, engineers, planners, economists and other environmental specialists on important projects providing the full range of ecological services including habitat and species surveys, impact assessment, advice on biodiversity mitigation, offsetting and enhancement, and management planning for biodiversity.

AECOM is looking for 15 Field Ecologists with varied levels of experience to complete fixed term contracts either on a full time or part time basis. Our ecology opportunities have evolved due to an increase in workload and project wins. These are fantastic opportunities to further your career and gain valuable work experience within an established and successful consultancy.

There will be 2 open evenings with key presenters and current members of the project team at the AECOM Birmingham - Colmore Plaza office. For individuals that would like to be hired, please register your attendance to one of these events by submit your details and CV to job number 172992BR on the website.

Open evenings:

  • Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 16:00 to 19:00
  • Wednesday 17th January 2018 from 16:00 to 19:00

 Job Responsibilities

The successful candidates will work within a multi-disciplinary team on field surveys in the Midlands including surveys for bats, badger, reptiles, great crested newts, barn owl and other Schedule 1 birds and habitats including National Vegetation Classification.

The fieldwork is likely to require working away from home and some working at night may be required when undertaking surveys. Good organisation and planning skills are necessary to support a team which works safely and to a high technical standard. The candidate will also have good verbal and written communication skills in order to describe biological data, produce high quality survey forms, and importantly to liaise effectively with the survey co-ordination team, team members and project managers.

Minimum requirements

Essential for Junior Field Ecologist:

  • A keen interest and understanding of British wildlife and conservation – evidenced through voluntary work, training courses, charity memberships, hobbies or related work experience
  • Undergraduate degree in Ecology or related subjects
  • Proven experience of undertaking habitat and protected species surveys - at least 1 full season of surveying experience
  • Well organised with good time management and communication skills
  • Ability to record data efficiently and methodically
  • Able to complete field surveys proforma to a high standard using iPads/Touchpads and basic software packages (Excel, Word etc.)
  • Working towards or holds one or more protected species survey licences (for great crested newts or bats)
  • Understanding of British law and planning policy relating to ecology
  • Hard working and highly motivated, with good interpersonal skills and team approach
  • Pro-active, reliable and willing to travel between project sites
  • (Ideally) Be a member of, or in application for, CIEEM (graduate, or full membership)
  • Full Driving Licence

Essential for Lead Field Ecologist (in addition to above):

  • Membership of an appropriate professional institution
  • Previous work experience in the ecology sector within a professional consultancy (or relevant NGO or academic experience if applicable)
  • Protected species licences and 3+ years’ experience in ecology field surveying

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in ecology or a related discipline
  • Field survey experience for a variety of species and habitats
  • Evidence of ongoing training / professional development relevant to ecology
  • Protected species licences
  • In application for or have membership of CIEEM (graduate, or full membership)
  • Full Driving Licence
Closing date2018-01-17