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Job Title: Principal Ecologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: UK - England - South East England, London - South West London
Industry:
Salary: Up to £45,000
REF: 116239
Job Published: 25 days ago
 
Summary
I have a great opportunity to join one of the largest multidisciplinary consultancies in the UK. My Client is looking to recruit Senior and Principal Ecologists to join their South London office.

The successful candidate will:


• Be involved in all areas of our work across the UK, but with an emphasis on dealing with protected species issues, in particular bats;
• Have, as a minimum, a Class 2 Bat Licence and proven experience as a named ecologist on Natural England Bat Mitigation Licences;
• Be expected to support junior staff and manage individual projects, in order to deliver high quality ecological consultancy services within budget and to meet deadlines;
• Be involved in costing work and preparing tenders which may involve liaising with clients, other consultants and consultees; acquiring data from third parties; organising and
supervising sub-contractors and other staff; undertaking field work, preparing maps and writing and editing reports;
• Be able to demonstrate excellent management skills, to oversee a busy and varied workload and to supervise field staff undertaking bat surveys and assessments, other protected species surveys and assessments, Phase 1 Habitat surveys and Ecological Clerk of Works and Watching Brief roles on demolition and construction contracts;
• Undertake survey work, in particular for bats;
• Prepare, submit and implement European Protected Species Mitigation (EPSM) licences for bats and other protected species as required.
• Take on and manage individual projects, in order to deliver high quality ecological consultancy services within budget and to meet deadlines. This will involve liaising with clients, other consultants and consultees; acquiring data from third parties; organising and supervising sub-contractors and support junior
 staff; preparing maps and writing and editing reports.
• Assist with the general running of the London office (Wimbledon and Croydon), in co-operation with other staff.
• Be expected to demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, particularly in respect of quality assurance, delivery of projects on time and within budget.
• Be expected to demonstrate development of excellent relationships with clients and have experience of attending meetings with clients and design teams at a senior level
• Be expected to demonstrate that you have detailed knowledge of relevant aspects of UK and EU environmental legislation and confidence when advising clients on wildlife issues during the development process, as well in liaising with statutory bodies, planning authorities and NGOs.
• The project-based nature of our work means that there will be a requirement to undertake such travel as is necessary to successfully carry out projects. This may include overnight stays and, possibly, longer periods of working away from home.
  
Requirements
To be successful in this role we're looking for the following:
• Demonstrable track record in ecology consultancy including client and project management
• Experience of Phase 1 Habitat surveys, protected species surveys, EIA and HRA, as well as BREEAM and CfSH, and Ecological Clerk of Works and Watching Brief roles on demolition and construction contracts;
• Excellent communication skills to enable effective liaison with clients, colleagues, statutory bodies, planning authorities and NGOs;
• Ability to demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, particularly in respect of quality assurance, delivery of projects on time and within budget;
• Particular expertise in bat ecology and be in possession of a survey licence (this is a role requirement);
• Competence in the survey of one or more of the following: great crested newts, badgers, reptiles, dormice, water voles, birds;
• Experience of writing EPSM licences for bats and one or more of the following: great crested newts, dormice;
• Experience of producing ecology chapters as part of EcIA and other survey reports for complex projects;
• Ability to respond promptly and professionally to clients and be able to advise and to consult with colleagues if necessary. Evidence of effective relationships with a number of important clients, offering advice and guidance;
• Ability to manage own workload, be proactive in managing projects and be able to delegate to and provide support to Ecologists as appropriate;
• Up to date knowledge of EU and UK legislation and policy;
• Up to date knowledge of, and familiarity with, survey guidance for a range of protected species.
• Personable, a team player and experienced with client interface;
• A full clean driving licence.
• An appropriate degree(s);
• Full Member of CIEEM, or eligible to qualify for this status
 
 
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