Principal Marine Ecologist

Region:
North West
Vicinity:
Manchester
Industry Sector:
Environment Jobs
Job Category:
Ecologist
Job Type:
Permanent
Education Level:
Masters degree
Salary Description:
Competitive Salary Offered
Posted:
11/10/2018
Start Date:
ASAP
Recruiter:
AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
Job Ref:
193624BR

AECOM's Marine Ecology team is expanding and we’re offering an opportunity for an experienced ecologist to join us and develop their career within a successful team offering high quality marine services to our clients. The wider Aquatic Ecology team currently has 16 marine and freshwater ecologists and is part of a 150-strong ecology team in the UK and Ireland. We are open to the right candidate joining us in any of these locations; London, Wimbledon, Croydon, Cambridge, St. Albans, Norwich, Plymouth, Cardiff, Manchester, Altrincham, Liverpool, Leeds, Bristol, Nottingham or Edinburgh.

Our projects include high profile power and infrastructure schemes, oil and gas as well as other industrial and commercial development projects. You’ll join a rapidly growing, technically diverse and enthusiastic team and can be based at any of our main offices. To help develop the team’s skillset we’d like you to have demonstrable consultancy experience in marine ecology, encompassing national and international impact assessments in particular. AECOM offers you to chance to be a key member of our UK and Ireland business, a wide range of interesting projects to work on and encouragement and support for your professional development in technical, commercial and other consultancy skills.

The appointee would undertake the following tasks as part of their role:

  • Act as marine ecology technical lead for a wide range of marine & coastal projects including EIA/ESIA screening, scoping & ES chapters, Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), Water Framework Directive (WFD) and Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) assessments and licence applications (e.g. EPS and wildlife licences);

  • Manage desk based studies including provision of scopes of work for subcontractors, surveys and modelling studies where needed (e.g. underwater sound, sediment dispersion);

  • Review of baseline and impact studies in line with international biodiversity standards;

  • Design scopes of work for surveys, baseline characterisation and impact assessment chapters, modeling inputs (including underwater sound, sediment dispersion etc);

  • Licence applications including marine, wildlife and European Protected Species;

  • Review of baseline and impact studies in line with international biodiversity standards;

  • Design, procure and/or participate in intertidal and subtidal surveys;

  • Data analysis (especially using multivariate techniques) of complex data sets (e.g. fauna and flora, physical and chemical characteristics of sediments) and reporting;

  • Analysis of seabed images and video footage, determination of habitats and species and allocation to EUNIS and/or UKMHR biotope classifications;

  • Work and liaise with other environmental professionals across a number of different disciplines including acoustics, coastal processes and EIA;

  • Project Management tasks including managing budgets, programme and subcontractors, quality assurance of deliverables;

  • Input to or lead for fee proposals, contribution to marketing and business development including internal and external presentations and client liaison; and

  • Undertaking other tasks to support the wider environmental business, as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • Provision of technical advice for a diverse range of national and international marine projects;

  • Be a self-starter with excellent time management skills and motivation to work on own initiative though the right candidate will enjoy a close working relationship with marine ecology colleagues

  • A willingness to collaborate, with other ecologists and across a variety of adjacent disciplines

  • Be able to communicate at all levels and effectively share your knowledge and experience

  • A willingness to undertake fieldwork on occasion

  • Marine & coastal project experience - EIA/ESIA screening, scoping & ES chapters, Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), WFD and Marine Conservation Zone assessments

  • Specialist knowledge in one or more key areas such as HRA, underwater sound impact assessments, the ecology of fish or marine mammals, international biodiversity performance standards, analysis of complex marine data sets and marine survey design and planning

  • Ability to work closely with other environmental professionals across a number of different disciplines including acoustics, coastal processes and EIA

  • Experience of input to or lead for fee proposals, client liaison, contribution to marketing and business development including internal and external presentations

Preferred Qualifications

  • A recognised degree in marine biology/ecology or a related a biological or science discipline – a relevant post graduate qualification in the one of these would be advantageous but not essential for an experienced professional

  • Member of CIEEM or similar professional body; or eligible to qualify for this status

  • The appointee will be conversant with MS Word and Excel

  • Licensed to drive a vehicle in the UK

Closing Date:
22/11/2018

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