Principal Ecologist

Posted 17 February 2023
Salary £35k per year
Job type Permanent - Full Time
Discipline Highways, Transport & Infrastructure
Contact NameEve Armstrong

Job description

Principal Ecologist
Our client is looking for a Principal Ecologist to join their expanding team in Edinburgh.
The successful candidate will have the chance to join a successful multidisciplinary consultancy, delivering solutions to challenging problems in the Mining and Minerals, Infrastructure and Energy, and Property and Development sectors. This role ideal for someone who is seeking to develop their career in ecological consultancy and is committed to seeking beneficial ecological solutions for development activities.
The ecology team currently have several exciting and existing upcoming projects. Within the team, ecologists work alongside several other environmental professionals, including planners, archaeologists, arboriculturist, landscape architects and engineers, meaning work remains varied and flexible.
Responsibilities of the role:
·Management of ecological elements of projects from inception to post-construction; being able to 'run with' a project from fee proposal to completion.
·Formulate and lead ecological surveys including for protected species and of freshwater/terrestrial habitats.
·Preparation of EcIAs, HRAs and Biodiversity Impact Assessments/Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) assessments and technical review of a wide variety of colleague's reports.
·Maintaining and promoting high-quality client relationships.
·Designing mitigation schemes including licence applications for protected species.
·Assisting with the preparation of tenders and compiling fee quotations.
·Participating in the technical development of staff, coaching, and mentoring on technical issues.
Requirements of the role:
Experience in ecology, ideally in a consultancy setting, but other relevant experience would be considered.
·Detailed knowledge of UK and EC wildlife legislation, including experience of practical application of mitigation requirements for protected species.
·A minimum qualification of a BSc (Hons) in Ecology, or similar accredited course.
·Experience with BNG
·Consider yourself highly knowledgeable in at least one area of ecology.
·Excellent report writing and quality assurance skills.
·Experience in preparation of tenders and invoicing clients.
·Provide support, training and mentorship to junior and senior ecologists.
·A full driving licence.
·An adaptable and flexible approach to work, to meet demands at peak times.
·A protected species licence would be a distinct advantage, particularly for bats.
·Full member of CIEEM or capable of meeting this status.
·Membership of the Firm's Group Personal Pension Plan, with Employer's contribution of up to 5%.
·Payment of a relevant professional subscription.
·24 days annual leave per year.
·Membership to the Firm's Private Health Care Scheme.
·Inclusion in the Firm's Critical Illness Cover Policy.
·Inclusion in the Firm's Life Assurance Policy, insuring you 3 times your annual salary.
·Mobile Phone with inclusive tariff including personal usage.
·Flexi-Time Working Schedule.
·Long service awards.
·Cycle to Work Scheme.
·Travel Loans.

If you feel that you are right for this role technically, but the salary, location or seniority does not suit you specifically then please still feel free to send us your CV. We constantly recruit for roles very similar to this one at all levels UK Wide. We are always keen to chat with you discreetly about your employment situation.
Even if you are happy in your current role for now, we always welcome calls from Highways, Infrastructure & Transportation professionals keen to make their introductions for future months or years. Carrington West's Highways, Transport & Infrastructure division is the fastest growing in the country, our specialist team has a combined over 100+ years' experience in this market. Please call Eve Armstrong at Carrington West on 023 9387 6062 for more information.
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