Ecologist (Placement)

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AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
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Ecology – Fixed Term Placement Graduate/Undergraduate

Business Line: Environment

Locations: Birmingham only

Salary: Competitive


AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, see how we deliver what others can only imagine at and @AECOM.

AECOM is one of the leading environmental consultancies in the UK&I with over 160 professional ecologists supporting AECOM’s goal to deliver a better world, through effective management of the biodiversity which underpins natural capital.

We have opportunities for graduate ecologists to join AECOM, experience the exciting breadth of work we are involved in, and contribute to the success of our team.

We work across terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments in a wide range of sectors: Power, Utilities, Development, Government, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas and Transportation. The majority of our work is based in the UK and Ireland, and there may also be opportunities overseas including Europe, Middle East and Africa. Our ecologists work with architects, engineers, planners, economists and other environmental specialists on important projects providing the full range of ecological services including habitat and species surveys, impact assessment, advice on biodiversity mitigation, offsetting and enhancement, and management planning for biodiversity.

Job Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be expected to take part in a variety of fieldwork, including Phase 1 habitat surveys, botanical surveys and a wide range of protected species surveys. From time to time, the fieldwork is likely to require working away from home and also some working at night. No prior experience is required although this would be very beneficial. When a placement student starts with us, we pair them with an experienced member of the team who will train, guide and mentor them through the initial period to complete required training and start working on live projects. We also provide in-house training courses through the survey season for different survey types.

In addition to field skills, good organisation and planning skills are also required to support a team which works safely and to a high technical standard. The candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and will be able to analyse and describe biological data and produce high quality written reports. Office-based project management and survey co-ordination work will also form part of the mix of work if this is desired by the candidate. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable work experience within an established and successful consultancy.


  • Relevant degree (graduate) or working towards achieving this qualification (student)
  • Degree classification 2:1 (or equivalent) or above – achieved or expected
  • A keen interest and understanding of UK wildlife
  • Experience and / or training in identifying UK plant and animal species through indirect and direct field signs
  • Good knowledge of UK environmental law and an understanding of relevant planning systems
  • Previous exposure to protected species surveys
  • Well organised with good time management and communication skills
  • Ability to record data efficiently and methodically
  • Excellent communication and report writing skills, with computer skills in MSWord, MS Excel
  • A hard working and highly motivated individual
  • Good interpersonal skills and team approach
  • Willing and able to visit other locations on company business
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to continued education and improvement through participating in our approved training schemes
  • Full UK Driving Licence


  • A protected species licence, such as bats / great crested newts / hazel dormouse
  • A postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject
  • Proven experience of Phase 1 habitat, NVC and botanical surveys
  • Membership of or working towards full membership of an appropriate professional institution
  • Able to provide evidence of published work in the ecology field

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