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Senior International Biodiversity Consultant

Mott MacDonald

Location: England

Job Type: Full time


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.

You will be responsible for coordinating and providing ecological and biodiversity inputs to a range of international projects, working closely with other disciplines, colleagues in overseas offices and clients to ensure ecological objectives for projects are delivered successfully, within budget and to programme. The tasks will include coordinating and undertaking biodiversity reviews and assessments as part of EIAs and due diligence, designing survey/monitoring methods, liaising with and coordinating local consultants, preparing specialist studies and plans such as critical habitat assessments, biodiversity management/action/offset plans etc., and overseeing the work delivered by junior members of the team. There may be a need to travel overseas occasionally and for short periods.

Candidate Specification


  • Degree in ecology, biology, zoology, botany or directly related subject (minimum of 2.1 classification)
  • Good understanding and practical experience in using the main international and lender (in particular IFC Performance Standard 6) policy and guidance on biodiversity and nature conservation
  • Experience in designing and undertaking biodiversity survey/monitoring and analysing the data (birds and mammals in particular)
  • Experience in undertaking biodiversity assessments and EIA for projects funded by International Financial Institutions
  • Membership of a professional organisation
  • Strong report writing skills, attention to detail and ability to write concise reports in English
  • Ability to work independently and in a team, take the initiative, make robust, defensible decisions and work to tight deadlines to meet client needs
  • Experience in working directly with clients and stakeholders
  • Basic understanding of GIS to be able to work with our internal GIS team


  • Masters or PhD in one of the disciplines mentioned above, or in biodiversity conservation
  • Specialism in ornithology and experience in onshore and offshore bird collision risk assessment
  • Experience in undertaking due diligence to international finance institutions' standards (in particular, the IFC)
  • Experience in critical habitat assessments, biodiversity offsetting and net gain
  • Work experience in Asia, Africa and/or Latin America
  • Proficient in French and/or Spanish
  • Experience in overseeing and training junior staff
  • Willingness to travel and undertake fieldwork in the UK and internationally

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.

Mott MacDonald has a fantastic opportunity for a talented ecologist and biodiversity consultant with international experience to join its team. There is excellent scope for career development in our environmental business, either in the UK or abroad. We provide international biodiversity consultancy services on a broad range of projects in renewable energy and many other sectors and industries. Our international biodiversity consultants have worked on projects in more than 70 countries on six continents in the last ten years.

The Mott MacDonald Ecology team is an exciting place to be, with over 120 Ecologists and an excellent forward order book. We are building a practice that can last. We are passionate about providing our clients with sustainable solutions by constantly looking at challenges from a fresh angle. For us to continue maintaining our collaborative client relationships and further grow our environmental capabilities, we are on the hunt for like-minded, forward-thinking individuals to add to our growing Ecology Team.

We are serious about biodiversity and ecology; this opportunity primarily focuses on growing our practice capability in the UK and international sectors; realising the potential of our people and thereby contributing to our wider environment and ecology team's targets and growth opportunities.