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Principal Ecologist - West Midlands

Job Title: Principal Ecologist - West Midlands
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: UK - England - West Midlands, West Midlands - Birmingham
Industry:
Salary: £40,000 - £50,000
REF: 123172
Contact Name: Josh Blanchard
Contact Email: jblanchard@allen-york.com
Job Published: 8 months 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:
Essential:
• First degree in relevant subject
• Full Member of CIEEM
Advantageous:
• 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