Senior Ecologist

Posted about 2 years ago
Contract Type Permanent
Salary £30-36K
Sector Agriculture / Forestry / Fisheries, Consultancy, EIA, Renewables
Posted about 2 years ago
Apply by Monday, 21 September 2015
Our client is one of the UK's leading ecological consultancies. Their client base includes planners, lawyers, civil engineers, architects and developers in the public and private sectors, as well as local authorities, statutory nature conservation organisations and national government departments. They currently require a Senior Ecologist to join their Derbyshire office. The principal responsibilities of the role will be:  -To take day to day responsibility for individual contracts.  This will include contract supervision/management and direct execution of work to a high level of competence and accuracy.  Contract work includes field work, research, report preparation and project management -To ensure that the supervising partner for each contract is kept up to date with the progress of the contract -Tto maintain and improve his or her skills and knowledge base part of continuing professional development -To maintain the reputation of the company as a high quality ecological consultancy Duties will be principally related to contract execution, but there will be a requirement to undertake other work such as attendance at meetings with clients and other interested parties to give advice and/or make verbal reports as necessary in relation  to contract work; attendance at internal contract and practice meetings with the Partners as required; keeping a detailed timesheet for billing purposes; keeping an up to date record of continuing professional development in accordance with IEEM guidelines; to implement faithfully the partnership's policies and procedures and to report to the partners any perceived need for improvement/updating of such policies and procedures; to undertake work in line with the terms and conditions set out in  the contract of employment and to undertake any reasonable additional or different duties which the partnership may require from time to time. The ideal candidate will have good experience of habitat and botanical survey, survey for protected species work including water voles, great crested newt and badger or be a recognised specialist in one or more biotic groups. They should also be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of a wide range of standard survey methodologies covering most biotic groups and how these techniques should be applied.  They must be able to write reports to a high standard, be able to deal with clients and third parties in a professional, discreetly and effectively and present work in a scientific manner to meetings and conferences.  They need experience of Ecological Impact Assessment, they should be able to interpret legislation and relevant policies and have the ability to use this knowledge to make recommendations to clients.  They need a good understanding of the principals and practice of avoidance, mitigation and compensation in relation to impacts on features of ecological value.  They must also have a full driving licence and be able to use standard word processing and data management computer packages. It would be desirable if the applicant also had survey experience of reptiles, white clawed crayfish, bats, otters and other British mammals and birds as well as a knowledge of EIA production, data analysis skills and experience of planning and undertaking conservation and/or research projects.