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Principal Ecologist

Northern Ireland
Full time
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Mott MacDonald
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One of the largest employee-owned companies in the world, Mott MacDonald is a multisector consultancy providing engineering, management, and development services on projects in 150 countries. With over 16,000 of the best people working on a diverse range of challenges, we're helping our clients deliver sustainable infrastructure and development solutions. We have a collegiate and collaborative culture which values equality and diversity, and we take proactive steps to create an inclusive workplace. Together, we are opening opportunities with connected thinking. If this sounds like somewhere you'd like to work, click apply to continue with your application.

Job Description :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.

The environmental demands in the power sectors, renewables, water, transport, and buildings in Ireland and beyond need environmental specialists who can think laterally.

In collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams of ecologists, planners, environmental scientists, and engineers you will be responsible at a project-level for resourcing and over-seeing the ecological inputs for a variety of multi-disciplinary projects for a range of clients.

The responsibilities will span all stages of project development, from feasibility to construction providing opportunities to influence and optimise design, mitigate by avoidance, and incorporate no net loss.

Mott MacDonald are committed to sustainable approaches that protect biodiversity and we actively encourage our clients to do the same.

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. This role will suit a dynamic, proactive individual who wants to work in a growth area of our business and help support the delivery of ecological services in a fast moving, client focussed commercial environment.
Candidate Specification :If you think that this could be the job you are looking for, then we would like to hear from you.

What we need from you as a Principal Ecologist:
  • A degree in zoology/biology/ecology or a directly related subject
  • Full Member of Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) or equivalent
  • Experience in the Ireland and/ or UK ecological consultancy market, with a strong external-facing, client-orientated approach
  • Demonstrable experience in biodiversity assessments (Environmental Reports/ EIA) and Appropriate Assessment
  • Excellent report writing including checking and approvals. If you are able to provide recent examples of reports / deliverables that you have been responsible for in your application that would be a great help.
We are also looking for you to have a strong combination of some of the following:
  • An additional higher degree
  • A Chartered Environmentalist/Ecologist
  • Thorough understanding of Irish biodiversity conservation legislation including planning processes
  • Experience of medium to larger scale project types including Energy, Transport, Water and Renewables
  • Experience in leading on ecological inputs into small/ medium/ larger-scale projects
  • Experience in field surveys including standard Irish and/ or UK survey methods for habitat survey, protected species, aquatic/ fishery, and ornithology surveys
  • Experience of managing staff and sub-consultant ecologists
  • An enthusiasm to mentor junior staff and the next generation of Ecologists
  • The desire encourage innovation and digital services
  • Ability to travel throughout Ireland (if required)
  • Attention to detail and the ability to deliver contracts on time and to budget
  • Excellent communication skills.

Benefits we offer:
  • Pension matched up to 7%
  • Competitive annual leave; 20 days annual leave, 10 public holidays, 2 company days
  • Agile/flexible working - because life isn't 9-5
  • An annual professional institution subscription
  • Life insurance/Income Continuance
  • Enhanced paternity leave
  • Annual company performance bonus scheme - Subject to company performance
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Travel tax-saver scheme
  • Continuous development opportunities - because we want you to thrive.
We actively want to recruit a diverse workforce that is reflective of the communities we serve. We appreciate that differences in ability, skills and experience are a strength. If you're interested in the role and meet most of the criteria, please apply and we will consider your application.
Other Information :Equality, diversity and inclusion
We put equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of our business, seeking to promote fair employment procedures and practices to ensure equal opportunities for all. We encourage individual expression in our workplace and are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels they have the opportunity to contribute.

Agile working
At Mott MacDonald, we believe it makes business sense for you and your manager to choose how you can work most effectively to meet your client, team and personal commitments. We embrace agility, flexibility and trust.

More about Mott MacDonald
We're a global engineering, management and development consultancy.
Our purpose is to improve society by considering social outcomes in everything we do, relentlessly focusing on excellence and digital innovation, transforming our clients' businesses, our communities and employee opportunities.
A fundamental part of this is respecting each person's differences and striving to meet their needs.
Our values: progress, respect, integrity, drive, excellence