ecological consultancy

T 01823 530 084 E

Ecologist, Taunton

Your role will entail:

  • Carrying out habitat and protected species surveys.
  • Writing ecological reports and preparing method statements, management plans and protected species licence applications.
  • Project management.
  • Data collection, management and analysis.
  • Preparing fee proposals.
  • Client liaison and advice.
  • Managing assistant and seasonal ecologists.

We’d love to hear from you if you have:

  • A relevant degree and at least 2 years’ post-graduate experience. We will consider candidates without a degree but with relevant consultancy experience.
  • Strong project management abilities (having managed small-sized or less complex projects at least).
  • Ability to work independently, with a high level of self-motivation and attention to detail.
  • Botanical identification skills sufficient to complete Phase 1 surveys independently (experience of UK Habitat Classification surveys is desirable but not essential).
  • Proficiency in undertaking protected species surveys with a particular emphasis on bat surveys, holding a current Level 1 (Natural England) bat survey licence or higher.
  • A thorough understanding of wildlife legislation, planning policy and best practice guidance.
  • Excellent communication skills. You must be a good team player, confident at client liaison and capable of leading on surveys.
  • Strong report writing skills (including PEAs and EcIAs), devising mitigation strategies for a range of protected species and (ideally) preparing protected species mitigation licence applications.
  • A full UK driving licence and access to a car insured for business.
  • Associate membership of CIEEM (or eligibility for such).
  • Other protected species survey licences.
  • Experience of ecological watching brief/acting as an ECoW.
  • Experience of using bat sound analysis software (such as Anabat Insight, SonoBat, Kaleidoscope).
  • Experience of GIS (preferably QGIS).

The successful candidate will work on a range of projects alongside experienced ecologists. You will benefit from a structured training programme to further your career in ecological consultancy. We offer a competitive salary of £22,000–£28,000 dependent on experience and skills, 28 days of holiday a year, TOIL policy to ensure a good work/life balance, flexible working and a contributory pension scheme.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to Jenette Howard at