Principal Ecologist

Job Title: Principal Ecologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire
Salary: £32000.00 - £38000.00 per annum
Start Date: ASAP
REF: HQ00016443
Contact Name: Amy James
Contact Email:
Job Published: about 2 years ago

We are seeking a driven, energetic, technically outstanding and business aware Principal Ecologist to join our Southern Ecology Team and support Head of Ecology, a green infrastructure expert and assessor for the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental

My client has a diverse client base offering opportunities to be involved in a wide range of interesting and technically challenging projects.

The successful applicant would also have the unique opportunity to work alongside our in-house habitats team, who work directly with our ecology teams to develop and deliver bespoke mitigation and enhancement schemes that provide genuine and lasting benefit for wildlife.

The position offers excellent opportunity for continued career progression.

Your primary responsibilities would be:

Business development - generation and maintenance of workloads, expansion of client base and resource management
Leading the most complex and challenging projects including client liaison, tender preparation and financial control to ensure effective delivery of projects to our high standards
Financial and technical management of a team of ecologists
Resource and workload planning including supervision of in-house and external staff
Supporting and contributing to the Ecology Team's vision and objections
Ensuring Keystone Ecology processes are adhered to, owning problems and identifying solutions

Core requirements

Minimum of 5 years' consultancy experience, a relevant post-graduate qualification and full membership to CIEEM
Proven business development skills
Exceptional technical report, fee proposal and tender writing capabilities
Ability to identify risks and opportunities, avoiding/minimising the former and capitalising on the latter
Experience of leading, mentoring and organising internal employees and sub-contractors
A proven aptitude for understanding clients' requirements and delivering these on time and on/under budget without compromising industry standards
An excellent working knowledge of UK and European legislation and the planning system particularly in negotiating effectively with regulators
A specialist in the design and implementation of practical, innovative and achievable mitigation strategies for protected species and proven experience of applying and securing EPS licenses for complex, large scale, multi-phase developments with numerous protected species issues
Excellent knowledge of the EIA process with particular experience of developments likely to affect statutory sites and capable of independently writing the ecology chapter of an ES
Ability to balance and manage priorities, and maintain good working relationships with clients and colleagues whilst working under pressure
A working knowledge of BS 42020:2013
An area of specialism, bats and ornithology being the most desirable, and holder of 1 or more survey licences

We offer regular pay reviews in line with performance, an annual performance related bonus, private health care, a generous pension and professional development.

Please contact Amy James at Allen and York for more information