Senior or Principal Ecologist

Posted 24 February 2023
Salary Negotiable
Job type Permanent - Full Time
Discipline Highways, Transport & Infrastructure
Contact NameTony Hutt

Job description

Job Title:Senior/Principal Ecologist
Reports to: Technical Director - Ecology
Direct Reports:Seasonal Ecologists
Office location:Manchester
Main Purpose of the Job
As a result of my clients' growing workload, They are looking for a Senior/Principal Ecologist to oversee and aid key project delivery for a large-scale bat monitoring scheme. Duties will include a focus on the co-ordination of timely surveys, reporting and analysis for the bat-monitoring project as well as providing support and encouragement to junior staff involved. Additionally, you will be involved with general ecological consultancy activities on a variety of projects from road, water, rail or housing, throughout the UK but most likely in reasonable proximity to your home office.  The role would be based out of the Manchester office and we anticipate a hybrid working arrangement with time split between home and the office.  
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
You will be responsible for a range of tasks incorporating the following elements, with a goal of progressing your career with us and enabling you to excel within a diverse environment:
·Leading and co-ordinating the technical elements of the large-scale bat monitoring project as required whilst ensuring high levels of safety, quality and environmental responsibility
·Be responsible for the technical quality of your own and the team's survey, analysis and reporting in accordance with good practice guidance, ecological legislation and the company internal quality systems
·Project co-ordination with good commercial awareness and financial control, ensuring deliverables meet the client's needs and are provided cost effectively and to an exemplary standard
·Working in conjunction with project stakeholders including clients, and statutory consultees to achieve project aims whilst encouraging a high level of environmental protection;
·Monitoring, planning and forecasting utilisation of the ecology team, including contributing to and preparing bids
·Line management and mentoring of individuals within the team
·Engage in business development, client and third-party liaison successfully leading to enhanced reputation, new and repeat work
·Advocating the team's services internally to our framework managers and technical leads
·Assist with the promotion of the capabilities of the company to current and prospective clients.
·Ensure compliance with internal management system procedures
·Degree in Ecology, Environmental Management or a related discipline
·Membership (or eligibility to join) of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)
·Previous experience working in a UK consultancy for private and public-sector developers and operators, on a range of development / infrastructure projects
·Experience of co-ordinating ecological aspects of large-scale infrastructure projects
·Experience across a range of UK habitats and with a focus on bats
·Management of large datasets
·Data management and analysis skills
·Excellent knowledge of relevant UK wildlife legislation including conservation of protected species
·Excellent knowledge of ecological survey methods and mitigation measures
·Highly effective verbal and written communication skills
·A collaborative nature, demonstrating strong relationships with other teams within the business
·Be able to work well in a team and provide effective direction to all members of the team
·Excellent commercial understanding of environmental consultancy procurement
·Full UK driver's licence