Senior Ecologist

East Midlands
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Environment Jobs
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Education Level:
Bachelors degree
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Competitive Salary Offered
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AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
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AECOM is seeking a Senior Ecologist to join our dynamic, forward-thinking ecology team based in Nottingham. Whether you prefer a balance of field work and office work, or looking to move away from fieldwork and develop as a project manager, we can give you the platform to develop new skills and achieve your goals. This is a fantastic opportunity to further your career within an established and successful business with welfare and wellbeing as core values.

The Central Ecology Team (Birmingham, Nottingham and Chesterfield) is unique, as whilst we enjoy the benefits and security of a large corporation, we work as a small close-knit ecology consultancy. We have mentors within the team who provide support at a personal level and guide the development of skills and experience. We provide internal training courses and a generous budget for external training aligned to your professional development goals. We promote a healthy work-life balance: offering flexible working hours to suit your commitments and fun social team activities.

The Nottingham team are working for a variety of clients including National Grid, HS2 Ltd, Environment Agency, Highways England, Hanson Aggregates, Tarmac, Forterra and several Local Authorities. A selection of our current and recent projects includes:

  • A38 & M42 road improvement schemes

  • Flood alleviation schemes in Nottingham & Leicester

  • Lincoln Western Growth Corridor mixed development

  • HS2 Phase 1 & Phase 2B; for enabling works contractors in the north to undertake hundreds of surveys and central where we design mitigation sites

  • Rail improvement schemes at Bescot, Darleton & Willenhall

  • Ashton Green road and residential development

Our UK Ecology Team comprises over 160 ecologists which cover terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats. We provide our clients with a full range of ecological services including specialist habitat and species surveys, impact assessment, advice on biodiversity mitigation, wildlife licencing, net-gains and enhancement, and management planning for biodiversity.

As a senior ecologist with AECOM, you’ll be reliable, hard-working, organised and pro-active, in order to manage a busy workload. You will enjoy working with and training junior ecologists, and will be confident leading a range of surveys. You’ll have specialist knowledge developed throughout your career, and experience on a wide range of projects. For those looking for an office-based position, you’ll have good project management and report-writing skills. The ability to process data and create and manage large datasets would be beneficial, as would experience using GIS to manage sites and fieldwork.

Role Responsibilities include:

  • Organising, carrying out and supervising desk and field-based habitat and species surveys

  • Co-ordination of field and office-based work

  • Managing and mentoring of junior staff

  • Development of monitoring strategies

  • Provide specialist input to multi-disciplinary teams

  • Writing and reviewing ecological assessments, reports and other deliverables

  • Managing the technical and financial performance of ecological projects

  • Liaising with clients, project managers and other stakeholders including statutory bodies

  • Fully qualified scientist. Utilizes scientific principles, theories, practices and existing technologies to develop technical solutions to a wide range of difficult problems.

  • Requires general familiarity within a broad field of scientific knowledge of reciprocal effects of the work upon other disciplines/fields.

  • Interprets and records data, conducts analyses, compares findings to relevant studies and local, state, and federal regulations to ensure compliance.

  • Works under only general direction. Independently determines and develops approach to solutions.

  • Solves problems by use of combinations of standard procedures, modifications of standard procedures or methods developed in previous assignments.

  • Participates in planning required to achieve prescribed objectives.

  • Conducts analysis and investigation work obtained from a variety of sources.

  • Performs inspections and tests to ensure compliance.

  • Participates in developing corrective measures and procedures. Formulates hypothesis, performs research and makes recommendation.

Minimum Requirements

  • Prior experience in one or more of the following areas: botanical identification, undertaking Phase 1 Habitat and protected species surveys, preferably badgers, great crested newts and/or bats;

  • At least one protected species license;

  • Experience of designing, co-ordinating and leading field surveys;

  • (for predominantly office-based roles) Have demonstrable experience in producing a range of reports and providing ecological advice to clients / stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A BSc in a relevant subject;

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