Job Title:  Principal Terrestrial Ecologist
Salary:  Competitive and Rewarding + Benefits          
Hours:  Standard Business
Reports to:   Associate Director
Location:  Flexible

Deadline for applications: 3rd December 2021

Our people are the difference!

Who we are and what we do is why we’re the award-winning, industry-leading, thriving boldly global environmental consultancy we are today. We’re APEM Ltd and we’re expanding.

As a people-first business we’re accountable for our aspirations, actions, and what we get because of them. We believe inspiration and insight come from everywhere, so no matter history or choices in life, we will empower you to be your best, so we can be our best, together.

If you’re driven, ready to guide governments, shape private client projects across the planet and improve the natural world, then we want the whole you.

The WOW factor

When home became work, we learned that flexibility, understanding and balance allowed us all to move forward and grow together.

So no matter where you’re based, the hours you keep, or the toddlers you have to entertain, we’re committed to our ways of working (WOW) with each other so we can continue to be our best.

About the role

As part of our business plan APEM Ltd are significantly expanding our Terrestrial Ecology Division across the whole of the UK. This is creating exciting opportunities for high-calibre, motivated and commercially-minded ecologists to help expand and manage our terrestrial ecology services across the UK and support our developing, expanding business area and to work on and manage a wide variety of projects. You’d be joining at a significant moment in our expansion, both geographically and in our range of services. Your voice and ambitions will influence the direction of travel.

Project work will include our full range of clients and projects ranging from utilities companies, infrastructure, built development as well as regulator support. APEM also has a long history of scientific projects and developments that have keep us at the forefront of research development in many areas.

Across APEM you will work as part of a team of specialists, in a very close-knit community where personal skills and interactions across the business are highly valued. In addition you will have good written and verbal communication skills with the ability to work closely with internal and external stakeholders, clients and regulators.

About the role

To be successful in this role we are looking for applications from professionals who have worked in a similar role or can demonstrate the appropriate transferable skills. They should have:

  • Ecology-related degree (and potentially an MSc/PhD).
  • Surveying and working experience in the UK regulatory framework (including protected species licensing).
  • Working knowledge of the European and UK wildlife legislation and policy.
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to organise and develop their work with minimal supervision, as well as excellent team working ability.
  • The ability to work away from home for short periods to meet the demands of fieldwork.
  • Full UK driving license.
  • Knowledge and experience of the EcIA, EIA and HRA processes.
  • Appropriate experience of botanical/habitat survey and classification (Phase 1, UK Hab), and protected species surveys, reporting and mitigation.
  • Holding at least one protected species licence would be advantageous.
  • Ideally experience in carrying out Biodiversity Net Gain calculations using Defra metric 2.0 or 3.0.
  • GIS skills advantageous.


You will be self-motivated and able to work independently and within project teams drawn from our regional offices. You will also have the drive and enthusiasm to expand the current portfolio within APEM and to represent it externally. Thus, the ability to communicate effectively with clients in all sectors and a sense of pride in, and responsibility for your work are paramount for this position.

Whether you are an applicant with academic, regulatory, consultancy or third sector experience you will need to demonstrate your ability to apply your skills in a commercial consultancy context through experience of managing projects and dealing with people effectively and professionally.

We recognise that everyone’s story is different.

The opportunities, experiences and challenges faced in life shape who we are today and we understand that these are the things that make us individual and unique. Embracing our differences means we’re able to approach what we do from every dimension. Inspiration and insight can come from anywhere, and no matter your history or choices in life, we empower our people to be their best, so we can be our best, together.

We welcome the whole you.

 Apply here.