Senior or Principal Freshwater Ecologist - Guildford/ Cardiff

Job Title: Senior or Principal Freshwater Ecologist - Guildford/ Cardiff
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Guildford, Surrey
Salary: Negotiable
REF: BBBH28244
Contact Name: Callum Graham
Contact Email:
Job Published: 29 days ago



Senior or Principal level Freshwater Ecologist

An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a Senior or Principal level Freshwater Ecologist based in Guildford / Cardiff. You will specialise in fresh water and be the ecological lead on a diverse range of projects, whilst motivating and mentoring a team of highly skilled ecologists. We're looking for someone with a passion for ecology both at home and at commercial level. Does that sound like you?


The Role

As a Senior/ Principal Ecologist you will be expected to to manage a diverse portfolio of projects in a variety of sectors. You must do so whilst upholding the highest standards of work. You must have experience of line managing staff and be willing to share your skills and knowledge to develop the skills of your peers. You will be leading a field survey team to undertake surveys, mitigation and fish rescue, therefore specialist knowledge is vital. You must have technical expertise in macroinvertebrate identification and experience in using freshwater biological indices when describing the status of a river. You will need to be well established as an aquatic consultant and be well versed in business development and project management.


The Team

You will be part of a highly skilled, professional team, advising on a variety of different commercial sectors. Enthusiastic about the progression of every employee and our client supplies fantastic on-the-job training to help shape a career path tailored to your needs.



Skills/Experience required for the role

  • Have good relevant and proven experience in a senior aquatic ecologist role.
  • Have advanced survey skills.
  • Have macroinvertebrate identification skills to at least family level (TL3) and ideally mixed taxon level (TL5)
  • Effective communication to clients and stakeholders.
  • Are commercially aware and have experience handling budgets.
  • Meticulous approach to report writing.
  • Have a record of handling multiple projects.
  • Have full membership, or eligibility if not currently held, of CIEEM.
  • Have experience of motivating both field and office staff.
  • Have experience of project management
  • Has good business development skills.




  • A degree and/ or a post graduate qualification in Aquatic Ecology, Hydro-ecology or a related subject
  • A Full UK driving licence is required for this position



This is a rare chance to join a well-established and highly regarded consultancy. We look forward to receiving your application. For further information, please contact Callum Graham on 01202 888986 or email: