• Salary: £37,287 (full-time) + 9% pension contribution
  • Location:   Victoria Hall, Stafford Road, Sheffield, S2 2SF
  • Application deadline:  28th March 22
  • Interviews:  5th – 6th April 22

At Wildscapes, we’re a small and rapidly expanding team with big ambitions. We’re on the lookout for exceptional individuals with a hands-on approach who can help drive our business forward.

As a registered Community Interest Company (CIC) and commercial subsidiary of the Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust we have conservation at the heart of everything we do. All our profits are reinvested back into the charitable work of our parent company, creating a better future for wildlife, people and the green spaces of Sheffield, Rotherham, and beyond.

We support our clients to ensure projects are carried out with a detailed sensitivity to habitats and conservation whilst achieving their outcomes. Working with a variety of clients and operating across many sectors, we provide solutions with tangible benefits.

The main services we currently deliver are:

Ecology – protected species surveys, licensing, mitigation, habitat management plans, ecological management plans, planning consultation, and biodiversity net gain support

Land Management – pond and wetland creation, site maintenance, tree planting, soft landscaping, heather moorland restoration, habitat maintenance and creation

The successful candidate will be an experienced leader excited to help develop the business. They will support the BD Manager and the broader team in ensuring that Wildscapes CIC is a progressive social enterprise with an excellent reputation, delivering for people, wildlife, the natural environment, and Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Degree qualification in Ecology or a related subject
  • Natural England Class 2 bat licence holder
  • A full or chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), (or eligible if not currently held)
  • Excellent level of proficiency in practical ecology skills, with a willingness to continue to develop professionally
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work with clients and staff
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills – especially related to client liaison and report production
  • Full UK driving licence

The Principal Ecologist role will:

Lead and manage the Wildscapes ecology service in a professional and business-minded way, managing and delivering contracts to CIEEM and other industry-accepted standards. This will include maintaining and developing client relationships to successfully secure new contracts and future opportunities.

Lead on providing technical ecological advice to clients and staff to ensure the delivery of high-quality ecological services including European protected species and habitat surveys & mitigation, EcIA reports, PEAs and Biodiversity Net Gain assessments. This includes taking the lead on protected species surveys, particularly bats.

Manage the Ecology team and contracts, taking responsibility for an excellent level of technical outputs, quality, and health and safety across the delivery programme.

An experienced Senior ecologist looking to progress, or existing Principal with experience of organising and delivering ecology services for a variety of clients in the public, private and third sectors. Further information about the consultancy can be found on our website www.wildscapes.co.uk and made available for candidates shortlisted for interview.

To apply for this role please visit www.wildsheffield.com/jobs to download the job description, person specification and equal opportunities monitoring form.

Please submit a current C.V and a cover letter outlining how you meet the criteria in the job description.  Also a completed equal opportunities monitoring form.

If you need any assistance email recruitment@wildsheffield.com.