Thomson environmental consultants: The independent, employee-owned consultancy, chosen by successful clients, admired by competitors, and the place to work preferred by top specialists.

With offices across the UK, our experts are committed to delivering our clients exceptional outcomes across a range of environmental services and ecological contracting.

We aim to be the most innovative, pragmatic and fast-growing environmental consultancy in the UK.

Our services include but are not limited to: terrestrial ecology, freshwater ecology, marine ecology, habitat management, arboricultural services, geospatial and data management, environmental impact assessments.

Our people make us who we are; we are commercial but not corporate, guided by our values of Respect, Integrity, Support and Excellence. Career growth and development is highly valued at Thomson, and we nurture talent, leading to rapid career-progression opportunities. Our people benefit from access to a diverse range of industry-accredited external trainings, as well as in-house training opportunities led by our specialists. The variety of projects we deliver across the breadth of environmental services encourages cross-team working and collaboration.


Do you know the difference between Aphrodita and Ophelia? Would you like a unique opportunity to work with benthic specialists in a company focussing on all areas of environmental consultancy?

Are you passionate about marine surveys, species identification and love being in the laboratory with your microscope? If so, then we would be delighted to hear from you! We have an opportunity for a mid-level benthic taxonomist to join our growing team in Guildford, made up of marine taxonomists.

As part of our marine team, you will be involved in benthic faunal sample analysis for a variety of exciting projects from both the UK and abroad. You will be given the opportunity to further your taxonomic identification skills from world experts and will become involved in other areas such as marine surveys, widening your skillset. You will need to already have experience of working in a commercial laboratory, processing benthic faunal samples.

This mid-level position is available on a permanent basis. You’ll be based at our modern office on the picturesque Surrey Research Park in Guildford, so the successful candidate will live within commuting distance or be prepared to relocate. Ideally the successful candidate will be able to start in June.

Shortlisted candidates will be expected to undertake a technical assessment to demonstrate their skills in the identification of fauna.


You’ll need to have:

  • previous experience in benthic faunal sample processing in a commercial laboratory
  • previous experience in identification of macrobenthic and epibenthic species
  • a degree in Marine Biology or a related subject
  • the ability to work to the pressures of a commercial laboratory
  • an enthusiastic attitude and willingness to learn.

ideally, you will also have:

  • previous experience of Particle Size Analysis
  • previous experience of survey work

Other information

As an Employee Owned Trust (EOT) our collective efforts generate results that translate into greater rewards for everyone. You’ll enjoy all the benefits we have to offer, including EOT approved bonuses (after a qualifying period), the opportunity to contribute to and lead on high-profile, once in a life-time projects, 25 days annual leave, progression opportunities and regular social events.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

As an equal opportunities employer, Thomson is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join Thomson.