The Ecology Consultancy was established in 1999 and is now one of the largest dedicated consultancies owned and run by ecologists in the country. We are passionate about what we do and our staff enjoy working in a friendly and supportive environment. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work, our ability to influence scheme design for the benefit of biodiversity and enjoy working closely with our clients’ design teams.

The Ecology Consultancy has developed a sound reputation for delivering objective, high-quality work to clients in the private, public and voluntary sectors and along with its sister environmental consultancy Temple, it forms part of Temple Group. Our principal areas of work are habitat and protected species surveys, watching brief and Ecological Clerk of Works, Ecological Impact Assessment, and Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM assessments, as well as providing training and advice, on a wide range of projects from major infrastructure projects such as HS2 to single dwellings and barn conversions.

We are passionate about what we do and strive to create friendly and supportive working environment and are developing a structured programme to assist staff in their career progression.

Assistant Ecologist
We are seeking to employ an assistant ecologist, initially on short-term contracts to work within our newly established team in our Wakefield office. We are looking for a confident, enthusiastic and experienced team player who has both a personal interest and a desire to extend their knowledge. Under the direction of our team leader, the work will centre on conducting bat, reptile and great crested newt surveys and assistance with other areas of our work as required.

The main areas of our work are Yorkshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire and Cumbria although we work further north if the need arises. The post will be based from our Wakefield office and occasionally from our sister organisation Temple’s Manchester office. The project-based nature of our work means that there will be a requirement to undertake such travel as is necessary to successfully carry out contracts which may include undertaking overnight stays as and where needed.

Essential skills and aptitudes
An appropriate degree qualification.
Experience of reptile, great crested newt and bat surveys.
Ability to identify native herpetofauna to species, life stage and sex.
Be willing to work during evenings where needed.
Have a full clean UK driving licence.
Good data presentation and report writing skills.
Desirable skills and aptitudes
A valid CSCS card.
A great crested newt survey licence.
Experience with other species groups as well as the ability to identify habitats and indicator plant species.
Experience of mitigation sites.
Experience of Ecological Clerk of Works.
CIEEM Graduate or Associate Membership.
What do we offer?
Salary on a scale commensurate with experience from £19,250.00 – £20,150.00.
25 days Annual leave (pro rata).
Structured and generous career development and training budget (The Orchard).
Socials, games nights, volunteering days through our staff engagement and development initiative (PASE).
Flextime, working from home and Time Off In Lieu.
Flexible location working.
Auto-enrolment pension scheme (after 3 months service).