Principal Ecologist - West Midlands

Job Title: Principal Ecologist - West Midlands
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands
Salary: £50000.00 per annum
REF: BBBH19894
Contact Name: Josh Blanchard
Contact Email:
Job Published: over 4 years ago

I have an excellent opportunity for a Principal Ecologist looking to take the next step in their career. My client is a well-known international multidisciplinary consultancy, looking to expand their presence in the West Midlands, they are looking to recruit into either their Birmingham, Nottingham or Chesterfield offices.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Assisting in the winning, delivery and management of ecological/EIA projects;
  • Managing the technical and financial performance of ecological projects;
  • Writing and reviewing Environmental Statement (ES) chapters and other ecological assessments;
  • Acting as a specialist in one or more areas of terrestrial and/or freshwater ecology which may include protected species;
  • Co-ordination of field and office-based work;
  • Liaising with internal project managers and clients to identify ecological requirements of new projects;
  • Providing technical review of ecological reports and other deliverables as required;
  • Managing and mentoring junior staff as required;
  • Organising and carrying out desk and field based ecological habitat and species surveys;
  • Liaising with clients, project managers and other project stakeholders including statutory bodies;
  • Undertaking other tasks to support the wider environmental business, as required.

Who you are:

  • Demonstrable track record in ecology consultancy including client and project management;
  • Experience of managing safety, technical, and commercial aspects of projects;
  • Experience of undertaking habitat surveys and protected species surveys as well as mitigation design and delivery;
  • Detailed knowledge of UK wildlife legislation, planning policy and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA);
  • Experience of ecological assessment in accordance with the CIEEM guidelines for terrestrial impact assessment in the UK;
  • Experience as a specialist in one or more areas of terrestrial or freshwater ecology which may include protected species;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including technical report writing;
  • Comfortable working within a team, or alone;
  • UK Driving licence;
  • Flexible approach to working hours to meet the demands of the role, including occasional longer/and or unsociable hours, and to work away from home on occasions;
  • Ability to manage own time, and to mentor and motivate others;

Preferred Qualifications:


  • First degree in relevant subject
  • Full Member of CIEEM


  • Higher degree in a biological science or related discipline;
  • Chartered Ecologist (CEcol) or Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status;
  • Experience of managing individuals or teams;
  • Advanced botanical identification skills;
  • Experience of freshwater habitat surveys and assessment; and
  • Holder of protected species survey and mitigation licences
  • Experience in Biodiversity Offsetting/ Natural Capital accounting

To find out more call Josh Blanchard on 01202 888986, or email jblanchard@allen-york today!