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Ecology Jobs

Here at ECOSA we pride ourselves on the quality of our work and the professionalism of our staff. We are committed to supporting and developing our team members’ expertise so that they can deliver excellence in ecological services to our clients across the UK. We are always interested to receive Curricula Vitae from bright and friendly people with relevant ecological experience and qualifications at admin@ecosa.co.uk.

ECOSA is an equal opportunities employer and adheres to the ECOSA Equal Opportunities Policy. We are committed to ensuring, within the framework of the law, that our workplace is free from unlawful or unfair, direct or indirect, discrimination on the grounds of sex, disability, marital status, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, age, race, religious belief, ethnic or national origin, or trade union membership or non-membership.

Please note that all opportunities are only open to direct applicants and not recruitment agencies.

 

We are seeking Ecologists and Bat Surveyors! Read on for details of current opportunities:

 

Ecologist Roles

ECOSA are pleased to be seeking an Ecologist and a Senior Ecologist to join us at our head office in rural Hampshire.

As a key member of our consultancy team, your enthusiasm for ecology and flexible approach will equip you well in supporting our expanding business.

With the support of our consultants, you will use your expertise to provide sound advice and deliver pragmatic and cost-effective survey and mitigation solutions to ensure our clients’ development and conservation goals are successful in respect of ecology.

Details of these roles, what ECOSA can offer you and how to apply can be found below.

 

Senior Ecologist

You will have five years or more relevant experience gained in ecological consultancy, local authority or a planning environment.

The ideal candidate will be customer focussed, detail orientated and a skilled communicator with strong verbal and written skills. You will be able to manage client expectations and meet deadlines, and be comfortable project managing small-scale projects such as private home redevelopment, through to large-scale residential / commercial development and infrastructure projects.

You will carry out a range of field surveys, including extended Phase 1 habitat surveys and protected species surveys, alongside day-to-day office-based work such as client and regulatory authority liaison, managing surveyor teams, report writing and budget management.

You will work on Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Ecological Impact Assessments, designing and implementing ecological mitigation, compensation and enhancement schemes, habitat management and monitoring plans, and preparing and submitting applications for Natural England EPS licences.

As a key part of our technical team, you will also support our junior ecologists and will invest time in their development.

ECOSA strive for excellence and you will use your continuously expanding knowledge base to contribute directly to the growth and reputation of the company.

To be successful in this role, you will have the following:

 

Essential Skills and Qualifications

  • Full CIEEM membership, or be eligible;
  • Degree in a relevant subject;
  • Hold a minimum of a Level 2 Natural England bat licence (CL18);
  • Minimum of five years post-qualification experience in an ecologically focussed role, preferably in ecological consultancy;
  • An accomplished and broad background in ecological survey and assessment techniques;
  • Proven experience of undertaking Preliminary Ecological Appraisals and producing high quality Ecological Impact Assessments and other technical reports;
  • Strong knowledge of relevant UK and European legislation, policy and guidance;
  • Good understanding of Habitats Regulations Assessment;
  • Experience of project co-ordination, budget management and Health and Safety risk management;
  • Be a team player with exceptional verbal and written communications skills;
  • Experience in reviewing the work of junior colleagues;
  • Sound MS Outlook, Word and Excel skills;
  • A full driving licence; and
  • Legal entitlement to work in the UK.

Desirable Skills

  • Hold Natural England / Natural Resources Wales protected species licences (in addition to bats);
  • Botanical survey skills;
  • Have recently obtained a Natural England Development Licence;
  • Habitats Regulations Assessment experience; and / or
  • Other qualifications such as tree climbing and aerial rescue.

 

Ecologist

You will have a minimum of two years relevant experience gained in ecological consultancy, local authority or a planning environment.

The ideal candidate will be customer focussed, detail orientated and a skilled communicator with strong verbal and written skills. You will be able to manage client expectations and meet deadlines, and be comfortable project managing small-scale projects such as private home redevelopment and residential developments.

You will carry out a range of field surveys, including extended Phase 1 habitat surveys and protected species surveys, alongside day-to-day office-based work such as client and regulatory authority liaison, managing surveyor teams, report writing and budget management.

You will work on Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Ecological Impact Assessments, designing and implementing ecological mitigation, compensation and enhancement schemes, habitat management and monitoring plans, and preparing and submitting applications for Natural England EPS licences.

ECOSA strive for excellence and you will use your continuously expanding knowledge base to contribute directly to the growth and reputation of the company.

To be successful in this role, you will have the following:

 

Essential Skills and Qualifications

  • Associate or Full CIEEM membership, or be eligible for either;
  • Degree in a relevant subject;
  • Hold at least one Natural England / Natural Resources Wales protected species class licence;
  • Minimum of two years post-qualification experience in an ecologically focussed role, preferably in ecological consultancy;
  • Proven experience of undertaking Preliminary Ecological Appraisals and producing high quality Ecological Impact Assessments and other technical reports;
  • Strong knowledge of relevant UK and European legislation, policy and guidance;
  • Experience of project co-ordination, budget management and Health and Safety risk management;
  • Be a team player with exceptional verbal and written communications skills;
  • Sound MS Outlook, Word and Excel skills;
  • A full driving licence; and
  • Legal entitlement to work in the UK.

Desirable Skills

  • Hold, or be working towards holding, additional Natural England / Natural Resources Wales class licences (bat, great crested newt or hazel dormouse);
  • Botanical survey skills; and / or
  • Other qualifications such as tree climbing and aerial rescue.


What ECOSA can offer you

ECOSA has a dedicated team of ecologists who are committed to the success of the business. We are therefore committed to the development of our staff and as part of the team you will have access to:

  • A mentoring system to promote your development and encourage your progression with reference to the CIEEM Competency Framework;
  • A generous structured training budget and regular in-house training;
  • An extensive support network within the company to provide guidance and specialist advice;
  • A relaxed office environment; and
  • A rural office location with free car parking, a large garden, wildlife ponds and lunch area.

ECOSA are committed to providing a safe and supportive working environment where all of our staff can thrive. We provide all of our staff with a contributory pension and access to a childcare voucher scheme (subject to eligibility).

 

How to Apply for Ecologist Roles

Please email your Curriculum Vitae, ensuring to highlight all relevant knowledge, experience and skills, and a covering letter providing evidence of how you meet the above requirements, for the attention of Alexandra Nicholls, Company Administrator at admin@ecosa.co.uk.

Please let us know how you found out about this vacancy and title your email in the subject line clearly as to which role you are applying for, i.e. ‘Senior Ecologist Vacancy' or ‘Ecologist Vacancy’.

If you would like to informally discuss any of the ecologist roles available, please email admin@ecosa.co.uk in the first instance.

 

Closing date: Opportunities are open until positions have been filled.

Please note ecologist roles are only open to direct applicants; applications from recruitment agencies will not be considered.

 

Work Placement Scheme

Applications for our 2019 work placement scheme have now closed. Please keep an eye on our website for updates regarding the 2020 scheme.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain work experience with a leading UK ecological consultancy. Many of our work placements have secured employment with either ourselves or other ecological consultancies/multi-disciplinary companies. The scheme generally runs from mid-April to the end of October annually and is based at our head office in Hampshire.

Structured training will be offered as part of the placement and will cover field survey work including bat, great crested newt and reptile surveys, as well as office-based tasks such as ecological report writing, sound analysis and desk studies.

Successful candidates will receive a salary and are entitled to paid holiday and pension benefits.

The scheme is open to any student with a keen interest in ecology who is currently studying a related degree/masters, or a recent graduate in a related subject. You must be able to commit for the full duration of the summer survey season. Unfortunately, we cannot accept requests for short-term placements i.e. one to two weeks.

Our placements are predominantly field based. You will therefore need a full driving licence, be a confident driver and have your own transport. Field surveys are carried out across the South and further afield, sometimes involving overnight stays.

How to Apply

Please email your Curriculum Vitae, ensuring to highlight all relevant knowledge, experience and skills, and a covering letter explaining why you would like to undertake a work placement with ECOSA, for the attention of Alexandra Nicholls (Company Administrator) at admin@ecosa.co.uk.

Please let us know how you found out about this opportunity and title your email in the subject line 'Work Experience Scheme 2019'.


Summer Bat Surveyors

Looking to gain work experience in ecology for your CV? Or are you an experienced bat surveyor with availability? Are you available during evenings/early mornings this summer?

Due to a busier than expected survey season, we are recruiting for bat surveyors to help us fulfil our bat survey schedule during August and September 2019!

Each year, ECOSA relies on a pool of skilled bat surveyors to help deliver our busy survey schedule. If you have a keen interest in ecology, are looking to increase your knowledge and gain valuable experience in this field of work and are available to undertake surveys during the summer months (evenings and early mornings), ECOSA would like to hear from you.

Full training from experienced ecologists will be provided. We look for a high standard of work and competence in producing clear and thorough results. Applications from licensed bat workers or experienced bat surveyors are particularly welcomed.

You will need to be available for dusk and dawn bat survey work and be based in Hampshire or the adjoining counties. You may be required to travel further afield for survey work and stay in accommodation overnight. Having your own transport and a full driving licence is therefore essential.

How to Apply

Please email your Curriculum Vitae, ensuring to highlight all relevant knowledge, experience and skills, and a covering letter with your likely availability during the summer survey season, for the attention of Alexandra Nicholls (Company Administrator) at admin@ecosa.co.uk. Please let us know how you found out about this opportunity and title your email in the subject line 'Bat Surveyors 2019'.

We aim to respond to applicants during July 2019. Successful candidates must be able to attend an evening training session at our head office in Hampshire during late July/early August 2019 (date to be confirmed).

 

Summer Field Surveyors

We are always pleased to hear from ecological field surveyors who would be able to assist with our project delivery over our busy summer survey season. We generally have ongoing projects requiring both survey work and translocation of a variety of protected species, including reptiles, great crested newt and hazel dormouse.

Full training from experienced ecologists will be provided. We look for a high standard of work and competence in producing clear and thorough results. Applications from experienced ecological field surveyors and freelance ecological subcontractors are also welcomed.

Work will likely be based around our offices in Hampshire and Gloucestershire, and the surrounding counties. You will need to be able to travel for survey/translocation works, and potentially stay in accommodation overnight. Having your own transport and a full driving licence is therefore essential.

How to Apply

Please email your Curriculum Vitae, ensuring to highlight all relevant knowledge, experience and skills, and a covering letter with your likely availability during the summer survey season, for the attention of Alexandra Nicholls (Company Administrator) at admin@ecosa.co.uk. Please let us know how you found out about this opportunity and title your email in the subject line 'Field Surveyors'.

Suitable candidates will be added to our database of ecological field surveyors for upcoming projects over the summer survey season.

 

Page updated 17th July 2019.