Principal Ecologist

East Midlands
Industry Sector:
Ecology Jobs
Job Category:
Consultancy, Design
Job Type:
Education Level:
Bachelors degree
Salary Description:
Competitive Salary Offered
Start Date:
AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
Job Ref:

AECOM is looking to appoint a Principal Ecologist in their Nottingham office to support our current project workload and the future growth of our business. This Principal Ecologist will assist and lead in the delivery of challenging technical projects throughout the UK and increasingly overseas in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments, as well as manage some projects, staff and business development.

Our UK Ecology Team comprises over 150 ecologists based across the UK and covers terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats. With a global revenue of over $19 billion, and nearly 100,000 employees worldwide, AECOM is a premier fully integrated infrastructure and support services firm, incorporating one of the leading environmental consultancy teams in the UK. We provide our clients with the full range of ecological services including specialist habitat and species surveys, impact assessment, advice on biodiversity mitigation, offsetting and enhancement, and management planning for biodiversity. 

Job Duties:

  • Major projects (ecology) delivery and leadership

  • A strong presence in representing AECOM externally through projects, client management, publications and presentations

  • Assisting in the winning, delivery and management of ecological/EIA projects

  • Responsibility for technical and financial performance of ecological projects

  • Writing and reviewing Environmental Statement (ES) chapters and other ecological assessments

  • Providing technical review of ecological reports and other deliverables as required

  • Managing and mentoring staff

  • Liaising with clients, project managers and other project stakeholders including statutory bodies

  • Undertaking other tasks which add value to the development of the ecology team or support wider environmental business goals, as required.

  • AECOM offers the opportunity to work on high profile, challenging and innovative projects, alongside a highly competitive benefits package and as part of a forward-thinking and successful national Ecology Team

Minimum Requirements

  • Proactive and careful approach to Health and Safety, including first aid training certificate

  • Technical and professional proficiency with a demonstrable history of winning and delivering ecology projects to a high standard, on time and within budgets

  • Experience of ecological impact assessment, design and/or construction management on major infrastructure projects in the UK.

  • Excellent knowledge of UK and EC wildlife legislation and policy, as well as Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)

  • Experience of Phase 1 Habitat and protected species surveys and licensing

  • Holder of relevant protected species survey licences, and preferably also mitigation licences

  • Strong project management skills and experience (including technical, financial and quality aspects)

  • Full Member of CIEEM (or eligible to meet relevant criteria),or other relevant professional body

  • Professional, organised and thorough approach to work which demonstrates an attention to detail

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, in particular, the ability to write concise technical reports

  • Familiarity with project management procedures and protocols, including the checking and approval of proposals and project outputs and budget management

  • Experience in line management as well as technical leadership of teams of ecologists on major projects

  • Electronic data capture, analysis and presentation

  • Willing to travel to offices and sites within the UK and potentially internationally when required by work demand

  • A track record in, or aspirations for, continuing professional development and supporting the development / management of junior ecologists.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Recognised degree in a biological, science or related discipline – a relevant post-graduate qualification in the one of these would be advantageous

  • Chartered with a relevant professional accreditation / registration body

  • Licensed to drive a vehicle in the UK

  • Formal project management qualifications.

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