Senior Ecologist (Bat Licence)

Posted over 2 years ago
Location Hampshire
Contract Type Permanent
Salary £28-38K
Sector Agriculture / Forestry / Fisheries, Consultancy, EIA, Renewables
Posted over 2 years ago
Apply by Saturday, 4 July 2015
Our client is a leading, well established ecological consultancy that has an extensive portfolio of environmental assessment and conservation management planning work. The company are seeking to appoint a Senior Ecologist based out of their Hampshire office with specialist bat skills to help deliver biodiversity objectives through sustainable development. The Role You will be responsible for ensuring that the Company's approach to bat work is consistent with legislation, policy and good practice, while providing pragmatic advice and support to clients in delivering their objectives, as well as positive outcomes for biodiversity. As part of the role you will be required to design and lead bat surveys, particularly large landscape scale surveys, undertake Ecological Impact Assessments and design mitigation strategies.   As a practice, the company is also often involved in undertaking more specialist bat surveys that require a more in-depth understanding and application of skills, such as mist netting, radio tracking and hibernation surveys; and surveys of less common species of bats such as Barbastelle, Bechsteins and Horseshoe Bats.   You will also have responsibility for providing training for existing and new staff to ensure that all staff can operate at an acceptable level, and provide support for those working towards obtaining their bat survey licence, or for licensed bat surveyors, to increase their skills and keep pace with the latest technology.   As well as being a bat specialist you will be expected to have a broad rounded ecological knowledge and to have a number of years' experience of managing projects, dealing with budgets and liaising with clients.   A bat survey licence is essential for this post (minimum requirement Level 2 licence; a Level 3 licence would be an advantage) as is having a track record of successfully obtaining bat development licences from Natural England.   The position attracts a highly competitive salary (based on qualifications and experience) and a comprehensive benefits package including an ethical pension scheme and bonus scheme based on individual contribution to the delivery of company objectives.  We also provide an in-house training and professional development programme. You will be joining a team of friendly, dedicated and professional ecologists and working in an environment where you are actively encouraged and supported in meeting your professional aspirations.