Principal Ecologist

Mott MacDonald

Location: England

Job Type: Full time

Posted


Do you want to work for a company whose purpose is to improve society by considering social outcomes, and to transform businesses, communities, and opportunities for it's employees? Mott MacDonald is a global consultancy whose people do exactly that.

We are seeking someone who enjoys working in a close-knit team but large team. You will be passionate about using your experience and knowledge for professional excellence, leading the team in the development of solutions both in-team and for our wide range of clients. You will contribute to the growth and development of our people, our environment business across our ecology practice which comprises 140 ecologists. You will enjoy rising to a challenge, finding ways that enhancing biodiversity will add value for our customers, using and promoting innovative technology and above all, maintaining high professional standards and quality. Most importantly you will be helping us to build a lasting and sustainable environmental business.

No day is the same in Mott MacDonald, we thrive to give our ecologists a mixed experience of projects and tasks and challenge you to achieve the best of your ability. This ensures that we maximise your opportunities and training that develops your skills and our business. Whether it is on site or in the office, you will be working as part of our team and working with ecologists covering all levels of experience and also working with our environmental and engineering colleagues which will help you further understand our consultancy and construction business.

This opportunity is not a one-way street as we will give you an exciting space in which to develop. You will be visible within our business, working with other ecology team leads across the UK and our Nature Services experts, and providing you with support and opportunities for your reputation to grow, allowing you to influence peers both internally and across the sector.

We would like to discuss with you what role you would like to have within Mott MacDonald and set responsibilities once we know your key goals and aspirations. We have a lot of varied and interesting roles that will appeal to most ecologists. Dependent upon where you are based, you will report into a regional and area lead who co-ordinate with teams throughout the UK.

Candidate Specification

  • Competent Ecologist with strong UK experience.
  • A degree in Ecology (or directly related subject). An additional higher degree would be an advantage.
  • Chartered member of CIEEM
  • Good knowledge of wildlife legislation including planning processes and/or EIA/HRA assessments and undertaking surveys.
  • Good knowledge, understanding and experience of applying relevant guidance for surveys.
  • Proficiency in report writing skills, displaying good standards with attention to detail and ability to write accurate and concise reports, including EcIAs and HRAs.
  • Proficiency in undertaking quality assurance on a wide range of ecology reports, including EcIAs and HRAs.
  • Experience in field surveys including Phase 1 habitat survey, UK Habitat assessment, and protected species surveys.
  • Experience in Biodiversity Net Gain which should include surveys, metric calculations, BNG design, and BNG management plans.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to deliver contracts on time and to budget.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills including report writing and checking, approval, and presentation skills.
  • Excellent business development skills with drive and ambition to grow these key areas.
  • Excellent skills for bidding and development of client relationships.
  • Experience in the UK ecological consultancy market, with desirable experience of external-facing, client-orientated roles.
  • Willingness to support team management.
  • Willingness to manage and mentor junior staff.
  • Willingness to encourage innovation and digital services.
  • Willingness to travel throughout the UK.

If you meet 80% or more of what we're looking for, please still apply. We understand not everyone will meet all the requirements, but you might have skills we didn't know we need.

We are an employee-owned company, and our ecology teams have a strong family feel while being part of a UK-wide team that works on the UK's biggest infrastructure projects. Our projects are interesting, varied and technically challenging, and we excel in providing innovative solutions to resolve complex ecological issues and go beyond mitigation to generate net gains in biodiversity. Our ecology teams across the UK are highly experienced in their fields and are proactive when working together imparting knowledge. Our team sits within the Environment and Social Team and work alongside our colleagues in nature-based solutions, ecosystem services, natural capital, GIS. planning, EIA, social, archaeology, air quality, noise and landscape. We are a well-respected company with strong values.

We are at the advent of a new era and want you to be a part of it. We have a variety of Biodiversity Net Gain projects, and you will work alongside leading industry experts who are driving this agenda forward, for Biodiversity Net Gain to deliver real and locally meaningful benefits. Our Biodiversity Net Gain work incorporates climate change resilience, carbon sequestration assessments, Nature Based Solutions and Natural Capital Accounting: we are at the forefront of transformative change, relentlessly striving for infrastructure projects to leave the environment in a measurably better state than before. This position will be a key part of this work to help to transform the direction that Mott MacDonald Ecology is taking and the services that we offer.

This position is for ecologists who want to make a difference and progress in a forward-thinking company.

We have a dedicated wellbeing network that can help you with advice and information and share key resources. Our employee assistance programme connects you to health professionals and offers access to counsellors and work/life services such as family, legal and financial support. We have a strong sports and social team and an environment practice team who have a number of events throughout the year, which is fully inclusive, and UK wide events such as sports day, skiing trips, training events and environment forums. Through our corporate social responsibility work we aim to make a positive difference and staff are supported to participate in activities to support their communities.

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