Principal Consultant - Marine Ecologist

Job Title: Principal Consultant - Marine Ecologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Inverness, Highlands
Salary: £45000.00 - £50000.00 per annum
REF: BBBH27580
Contact Name: Barrie Dempster
Contact Email:
Job Published: about 2 years ago

Principal Consultant - Marine Ecology

A rare and interesting position has arisen for a Principal Marine Ecology Consultant. The role will be based primarily in the energy and infrastructure (ports and harbours) sectors providing marine ecology input as part of multidisciplinary teams to deliver projects from initial feasibility through planning, marine licencing, procurement, construction, operation and in some instances, to decommissioning.

You will be part of an inspiring team and work in a unique office environment. Ideally this would suit someone who enjoys the outdoors life, with a loch, mountains and plenty of green spaces.

The role will include, but not limited to:

  • Authoring reports and EIA Chapters;
  • Managing EIAR Production;
  • Environmental input into surveys, project design and procurement processes;
  • Stakeholder management;
  • Sub-contractor management; and
  • Construction environmental management support.

You will be based near Inverness but will be expected to travel to meet client's needs; this may include working away for a few days or potentially weeks at a time. You will be involved in supporting the consent condition close out and construction phase of the NorthConnect Interconnector project and supporting the development of harbours around Scotland.

Qualifications / Experience

You will need to have at least 4 years work experience, a can-do attitude, a practical mindset and can fit in with the team and be able to work on their own initiative.

You will also:

  • Have degree (equivalent or higher) in marine ecology;
  • Have an appropriate Institute Membership e.g. CIEMA or CIEEM;
  • Ideally be a Chartered Environmentalist;
  • Be a JNCC qualified marine mammal observer (MMO);
  • Ideally have experience of Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) operations;
  • Have an understanding of underwater acoustics in terms of anthropogenic sources;
  • Have experience of EIAR chapter authoring preferred;
  • Bring a good working knowledge and understanding of Scottish Environmental Legislation, Policy and Guidance, including planning and marine licensing processes;
  • Provide strong report writing, presentation and communication skills are essential;
  • Hold a Full, clean UK manual driving license; and
  • Will also bring at least three of the following specialisms: o GIS mapping expertise;
  • Experienced MMO/PAM operator;
  • Sub-contractor Management experience;
  • EIA management experience;
  • Construction Environmental Management Document authoring experience;
  • Public consultation and stakeholder experience;
  • Experience of undertaking an Environmental Clerk of Works role;
  • An understanding of engineering design phases;
  • An understanding of procurement processes; or
  • Marine construction site experience.

This unique role will provide extensive and varied professional development opportunities for the right candidate, with both desk and site-based experience. The ideal candidate will be willing to get involved at all levels of operations and take responsibility of delivering tasks to the required standard and deadlines. Given the dynamic nature of our client's operations, flexible working will be necessary, but this can be arranged to the benefit of the candidate, client and business alike.

We look forward to receiving your application. For further information, then please contact Barrie Dempster at ALLEN & YORK LTD on 01202 888986 or email