The Ecology Co-op is a rapidly expanding ecology consultancy based in West Sussex, Kent and South Wales. Further to a growing work portfolio in the public and private sector, we are looking for a full time senior or principal level ecologist to join our team. The candidate would be based in our head office in West Sussex, however flexible working terms are available. The closing date for this opportunity is Monday 3rd December. We are offering a generous bonus through our referral scheme! £750 will be paid to the person who refers the successful candidate to us (not to be received by the candidate themselves).

The Ecology Co-op offers something unique in our industry. The successful candidate will be given shares in the company that you work for, meaning that you will benefit directly from the profitability of the company each year through dividend payments. This is in addition to generous TOIL and an annual bonus to remunerate for overtime worked during busy periods in the summer.

We are looking for individuals with experience of managing a variety of projects and with a good understanding of protected species technical work. The right candidate will hold more than one protected species license and will have experience of submitting European Protected Species licenses.

In addition to undertaking bat work you will also have the opportunity to undertake a broader range of ecological work.  Experience of project management, proposal preparation, working with other environmental disciplines, and liaising with clients and consultees will all be essential attributes for the successful candidate. Experience working with other protected species is of course desirable.

Key Responsibilities

You will work closely with the team in Sussex as well as collaborating with our staff in Kent and South Wales, on a wide variety of projects, which are likely to include Ecological Impact Assessments, Habitats Regulations Assessments, mitigation and habitat creation and European Protected Species licenses. Whilst we seek someone with a specialism in bat surveying, the role will include the opportunity to work on a variety of surveys and projects.  Dependent upon your skills, experience and interests, you will coach less experienced staff, and manage projects or tasks within multi-disciplinary projects.

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Skills / Qualifications

  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent in ecology or a related subject.
  • An MSc or PhD in a relevant subject would be beneficial but not essential.
  • You will hold a Natural England survey licence for bats.
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) will be essential (or at least the ability to gain membership).
  • A valid UK driving licence is essential for this role as is the flexibility to work unsocial hours and to work away on site when required.

Diversity Statement

We are an equal opportunities employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws. The organisation is committed not only to its legal obligations but also to the positive promotion of equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment.

To apply, please see full details here – https://www.ecologyjobs.co.uk/job/senior-ecologist-petworth/