Principal Ecologist

Cork, Dublin
Industry Sector:
Ecology Jobs, Environmental Jobs, Environment Jobs
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Education Level:
Bachelors degree
Salary Description:
Competitive Salary Offered
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AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
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AECOM is looking to appoint a Principal Ecologist in the Dublin, Galway or Cork offices to support our current project workload and the future growth of our business. The Senior / Principal Ecologist will assist and lead in the delivery of challenging technical projects throughout Northern Ireland, Ireland and Great Britain (and further afield if the candidate desires!) in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments.

The Principal Ecologist will deliver ecological consultancy and advisory services to both internal and external clients to a high level of technical quality and to programme and budget. Current projects include high profile major transport and other infrastructure, conventional and renewable power development, international data centres, as well as other industrial, commercial and residential development projects. This is a tremendous opportunity in one of the largest ecological consultancies in the UK & Ireland for the right candidate who will have the opportunity to manage a diverse range of projects, a valued staff resource and further contribute to the growth and development of our highly successful business.

The Ecology team on the island of Ireland comprises 15 full time ecologists, based in Belfast, Dublin, Galway and Cork. We form part of the wider UK Ecology Team comprising over 240 ecologists working across the UK and Ireland. Our ecologists work in terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats. We provide clients with the full range of ecological services including specialist habitat and species surveys, impact assessment, advice on biodiversity mitigation, offsetting and enhancement, and management planning for biodiversity. AECOM is at the forefront of developing Net Gain.

This role will afford our new Senior / Principal Ecologist unique benefits of scale not available in other ecological consultancies and access to an extensive skillset to support and encourage professional growth and development. AECOM’s Ecology team assembles regularly to share innovations, ideas and to ensure that the team are taking full advantage of the most up-to-date equipment and technology. The opportunities are endless within such a skilled and diverse community and there is a fertile environment for progressing bespoke career aspirations.

AECOM’s Freedom to Grow programme offers staff the flexibility to improve quality of life and better accommodate individual lifestyle. Our offices and staff are equipped to be fully agile. If it works for us, for you and our clients we can make most things possible!

So, if you are seeking the opportunity to work on high profile, challenging and innovative projects, in a forward thinking and highly respected Ecology team, then this is the role for you!

Job Duties:

  • Working as part of the existing network of AECOM ecologists;

  • Assisting in the winning, delivery and management of ecological/EIA projects

  • Supporting internal clients with delivering the ecological requirements within multi-disciplinary tenders and projects;

  • Providing technical review of ecological reports and other deliverables as required;

  • Managing and mentoring staff;

  • Working independently, or with other ecologists and professionals, in the planning, delivery and management of protected species and habitat surveys, analysis and evaluation of results, impacts assessments, and the design and implementation of successful mitigation strategies including European Protected Species licence applications within budgets and deadlines;

  • Assisting with managing the technical and financial performance of projects;

  • Building and maintaining both internal and external client relationships, including providing urgent ecological response and / or advice in person, by email or over the phone;

  • Developing and promoting best practice and innovation across the ecology business;

  • Compliance with internal business management procedures, including in relation to Health and Safety and technical quality of all advice and outputs;

  • Development of the Northern Ireland Ecology team and supporting the wider environmental business goals, as required.

  • 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.

Please see AECOM website for Minimum Requirements

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