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Assistant Ecologist

Full time
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Mott MacDonald
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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 within a close-knit team that operates within and is supported by larger regional and national teams.

The role of Assistant Ecologist will be varied and will strike a balance between office-based and site work. We are recruiting for an Assistant Ecologist who has an interest in botany with a preference to specialise in this field. You will support a range of ecological surveys, managing field data, and the delivery of technical reports. You will also have the opportunity to expand your experience by working with our technical specialists and/or managing small-scale projects with the support of senior staff, depending on your interests.

Project dependent, the role can span all stages of a project's life cycle, from design conception to implementation; giving opportunities to positively influence scheme design, enhancements and promote best practice. Although you will be a member of the Bristol ecology team, you will also be connected to a much larger team of ecologists. There are excellent opportunities to progress your career through promotion, as well as develop a key role within our ecology team.

The role will suit a dynamic, proactive individual who wants to work in a growth area of the business and help support the delivery of ecology services in a fast-moving, client-focused, commercial environment.

Candidate Specification


  • BSc in botany, plant science, or a biology or ecology course with a botanical component (minimum of 2.1 classification)
  • Good knowledge of UK habitats and flora along with botanical survey/monitoring methods.
  • Willingness to travel and undertake fieldwork in the UK.
  • Good report writing skills, attention to detail, and ability to write concise reports.
  • Ability to work independently, take the initiative, make robust, defensible decisions, and work to tight deadlines to meet client needs.


  • MSc degree in botany, plant ecology, plant taxonomy.
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).
  • FISC certificate, level 4 or above.
  • Experience in using the UKHab classification and the Natural England/DEFRA biodiversity net gain metric.
  • Experience in undertaking surveys for protected animal species in the UK.
  • Experience in analysing ecological data.
  • Understanding of main UK and international legislation/policy on biodiversity and nature conservation.
  • Prior experience of undertaking botanical and habitat surveys in the UK (UKHab, National Vegetation Classification, hedgerow assessments etc.)
  • Experience in undertaking Preliminary Ecological Appraisals and/or Ecological Impact Assessments.
  • Basic GIS skills.

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


We have an excellent opportunity for a passionate Assistant Ecologist who has a specific interest in botany to join our ecology team in Bristol.

We are a highly collaborative team across all environmental disciplines, which makes Mott MacDonald a great place to work. While we are an employee-owned company, our ecology teams are small enough to have a family feel but large enough to work on some of the UK's biggest projects. We work on a variety of projects (including water, rail, and road infrastructure; power generation; defence; and urban infrastructure) led and supported by a fantastic mix of specialists with a wealth of experience and a culture of supporting and learning from others, coaching, and mentoring.

We pay our ecologists in line with their engineering colleagues with the ability to earn performance-based bonuses throughout the year. Our projects are diverse, interesting, and technically challenging and we excel in offering innovative solutions. Our ecology teams across the UK are highly experienced in their fields and are proactive when working together imparting knowledge. We are a well-respected company with strong values.

We have a strong sport and social team who hold events throughout the year, which are fully inclusive as well as UK-wide events such as sports day and skiing trips. Our Environment and Social division hold environment forums and numerous knowledge-sharing webinars on a range of topics such as biodiversity net gain and climate change, bird surveys, Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool, environmental impact assessments and development consent orders, and floating wetlands for water treatment amongst other topics.

Through our corporate social responsibility work we aim to make a positive difference and staff are supported to participate in activities to support their local communities.