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Principal Ecologist

Mott MacDonald

Location: England

Job Type: Full time


We are looking for a Principal Ecologist to join our team in Birmingham, with a combination of office and home working this role can be considered on a full time or part time basis.

We are seeking someone who enjoys working in a friendly, happy and close-knit team, using their technical knowledge and experience to apply an outcome based approach to develop solutions for our wide range of clients. Our work covers a wide portfolio of projects and a wide range of scales. This mix of work from smaller scale projects through to national infrastructure projects offers the opportunity to develop skills and experience across a wide range of activities including transport networks, water utilities, flood defences and buildings. As well as providing a variety of work, it also offers opportunities to lead and mange projects.

You will enjoy rising to a challenge, finding ways to add value for our customers, using and promoting innovative technology and approaches and above all, ensuring quality is maintained. Most importantly you will be helping us to build a lasting and sustainable environmental business based on natural solutions and a strategic approach. We have members of our team who are influential within CIEEM and are supportive of anyone who wants to make an active contribution.

You would contribute to the growth of our people, our environment business and our wider ecology practice which comprises 120 ecologists, however this opportunity is not a one-way street as we will give you an exciting space in which to develop your own career and that of others. You will be visible within our business, working with other ecology teams across the UK and providing you with the opening for your reputation to grow, allowing you to influence peers both internally and across the sector.

Candidate Specification

  • A degree in biology/ecology or directly related subject. An additional higher degree would be an advantage.
  • Full chartered member of Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management or equivalent
  • Personal conservation licence for/working towards at least one protected species and experience of obtaining or working under a variety of protected species licences and liaising with regulatory bodies to negotiate and obtain consents.
  • Experience in the UK ecological consultancy market with a strong client facing approach
  • Strong knowledge of wildlife legislation including planning processes and/or EIA/HRA assessments and undertaking surveys.
  • Excellent knowledge, understanding and experience of applying relevant guidance for surveys.
  • Proficiency in report writing skills, displaying high standards with attention to detail and ability to write accurate and concise reports, such as ecological appraisals, survey reports, method statement.
  • Experience in planning, assisting and delivering baseline or species/habitat specific surveys to fulfil project requirements related to EIA, HRA etc.
  • Experience in preparation and writing ecological sections of environmental impact assessments ensuring that legislative guidelines are met.
  • Willingness to mentor more junior staff.
  • Willingness and ability to travel and undertake fieldwork in the UK and internationally.