Senior Terrestrial Ecologist

Job Title: Senior Terrestrial Ecologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Bristol, England
Salary: £25000.00 - £35000.00 per annum
REF: BBBH28286
Contact Name: Barrie Dempster
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Senior Terrestrial Ecologist

My client is a leading sustainability consultancy combining energy, climate change, environmental, and chemical risk expertise with strong IT and economic capability. Due to continued and sustained growth, have a new position for a Senior Terrestrial Ecologist. This is a great opportunity to join as my client offers a generous salary and benefits structure as well as a chance to develop.

The environmental team has worked tirelessly to support key clients with essential work throughout the Covid-19 outbreak following a smooth transition to home-based, and where necessary, flexible working patterns. The ecology team is looking to re-enforce and grow our dynamic and experienced team as we look to support clients entering periods of significant investment in environmental services.

What will I be doing?

The position offers a diverse role, supporting projects and clients across the UK and occasionally beyond, predominantly in EcIA and HRA, whilst also carrying out projects encompassing both biodiversity and protected species focus.

Your role will involve project management and implementation of ecological assessments, plus the coordination of associated surveys, consultation, and mitigation in support of our clients' proposals and operations. You will also be expected to hold or to apply for and oversee protected species mitigation licences for your areas of expertise.

You will be involved in managing the technical work of more junior staff and sub-consultants and (depending on experience) managing projects and their direction too. There will also be team leadership opportunities as the team expands.

The nature of the role and the dynamic of the team provides a wealth of opportunities to explore your interests and carry out a range of tasks and functions within terrestrial ecology, as well as a range of related disciplines. There is also a degree of flexibility over which facets of the role you become most invested in: be it a more technical focus; project management; developing bids and tenders; or, a more generalist role. Conversely, there will be times where you need to be adaptable and open-minded regarding the work you undertake, particularly during busy periods of large projects or bids.

Whilst the key competencies and desirable experience are listed below; the list is not exclusive and we are willing to discuss applications from candidates who are particularly strong in certain areas, but who may not meet all the criteria listed below.

Key competencies and experience:

  • A degree in a relevant subject, such as ecology or other biological sciences, and/or a relevant postgraduate qualification
  • A good understanding of UK wildlife legislation and the planning process
    Excellent report writing skills
  • Membership of CIEEM (with the demonstrable capability to achieve full membership if not already achieved)
  • Experience in EcIA, preferably in support of EIA
  • Experience of HRA of projects and/or plans
  • Broad ecological survey experience with demonstrable proficiency in particular protected species surveys and/or habitat surveys and providing mitigation recommendations
  • At least one protected species survey licence (not including GCN)


  • Multiple protected species survey licences (ideally in both England and Wales)
  • Experience of applying for and holding licenses for protected species mitigation/conservation
  • Experience of writing thorough and complex reports and assessments, such as HRA stages 1 - 4 and Environmental Statement chapters
  • A track record of successful project management
  • Experience in the preparation of ecology proposals and tenders
  • Experience of ecological assessment for the water sector
  • A chartered member of a professional body (e.g. CEnv or CEcol)

You will need to be:

A self-starter, as you'll be part of a small and very busy team. Excellent team working skills are therefore essential together with strong communication skills, a sound understanding of ecological impact assessment, and good attention to detail.

Whilst fieldwork skills are needed for this role, there will be a large component of office-based coordination, data analysis, client contact, and report writing.

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