Senior / Principal Ecologist

Organisation: The Ecology Consultancy
Location: London, SE1
Hours: Full Time
Position type: Paid
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: Thu 27 March 14
Contact name: Jane Kendall
Contact email:

The Ecology Consultancy is a successful specialist consultancy with offices in London, Sussex, Norfolk and Scotland. We have developed a reputation for delivering objective, high quality work to clients in the private, public and voluntary sectors. We operate to the highest professional standards within a non-corporate, friendly and supportive office environment. Our independence is a key element of our business philosophy and success.

Our principal areas of work are:

  • Habitat surveys – including Phase 1, extended Phase 1, Phase 2 and River Corridor Surveys
  • Vegetation surveys – including National Vegetation Classification
  • Protected species surveys – bats, great crested newts, reptiles, water voles, otters, badgers, etc.
  • Animal surveys – including terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates, birds and mammals
  • Ecological Assessment – including the design of mitigation measures for any identified impacts
  • Undertaking ecological watching briefs and Clerk of Works roles for contractors
  • Training in ecological issues and procedures
  • Preparation of information and guidance materials
  • Research on wildlife issues
  • Expert witness roll at Public Inquiries

We are seeking to appoint an experienced Senior / Principal Ecologist, based in our London office, to be involved in all areas of our work but with an emphasis on dealing with project management.

The successful candidate will be expected to take an important and high profile role in managing major contracts, in order to ensure the delivery of high quality ecological consultancy services within budget and to meet very tight timescales. They will also be involved in business development including presentations to prospective clients, forecasting, costing and resourcing, and preparing tenders.

The successful candidate

  • will be able to demonstrate excellent project management skills, to oversee a busy and varied workload and to supervise staff undertaking, amongst other things, protected species surveys and assessments, Phase 1 habitat surveys and ecological Clerk of Works and Watching Brief roles on construction contracts.
  • may be required, from time to time, to undertake survey work, in particular for protected species.
  • will be required to prepare and submit European Protected Species Mitigation (EPSM) licences for bats and other protected species as required.
  • will be required to take on and manage individual contracts, in order to deliver high quality ecological consultancy services within budget and to meet deadlines. This will involve: liaising with clients, other consultants and consultees; acquiring data from third parties; organising and supervising sub-contractors and other Ecology Consultancy staff; preparing maps and writing and editing reports.
  • will assist with the general running of the London office, in co-operation with other staff.
  • will contribute to the marketing and promotion of the company and will deliver Continual Professional Development sessions (CPD) to existing and potential clients on subjects such as Wildlife & Development.
  • will be able to demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, particularly in respect of quality assurance, delivery of contracts on time and within budget, and improving the quality of work produced by those you have managed.
  • will have developed excellent relationships with clients and have experience of attending meetings with clients and design teams at a senior level
  • will have detailed knowledge of relevant aspects of UK and EU environmental legislation and confidence when advising clients on wildlife issues during the development process, as well in liaising with statutory bodies, planning authorities and NGOs.

The project-based nature of our work means that there may be a requirement to undertake such travel as is necessary to carry out contracts successfully. This may include overnight stays and, possibly, longer periods of working away from home.

Person specification

The Senior Ecologist will:

  • have an appropriate degree(s);
  • be a Full Member of the CIEEM;
  • have a minimum of 7 years’ relevant work experience covering Phase 1 and habitat surveys, EIA and HRA, as well as BREEAM and CfSH;
  • four or more years report writing in a professional role, including production of non-standard research led reports;
  • be able to critically review own work and possess a minimum 2 years of reviewing others work, including Phase 1 survey reports, protected species survey reports and ES chapters;
  • excellent communication skills to enable effective liaison with clients and colleagues;
  • min 5 years of managing a team largely focussed on protected species surveys and assessments;
  • must be competent in the survey of one or more of the following key protected: great crested newts, badgers, bats, reptiles, dormice, water voles, birds and have a survey licence in at least one of these;
  • have experience of writing EPSM licences for one or more of the following: bats, great crested newts, dormice. Ideally, have been a named ecologist on one or more EPSM licence;
  • experience of producing ecology chapters as part of EcIA for complex projects;
  • must respond promptly and professionally to clients and be able to advise and to consult with colleagues if necessary. Evidence of effective relationships with a number of important clients, offering advice and guidance;
  • up to date knowledge of EU and UK legislation and policy;
  • up to date knowledge of, and familiarity with, survey guidance for a range of protected species;
  • be proficient in Customer Service and able to deliver and lead training events and workshops, both internally to TEC and externally to clients and other stakeholders;
  • be personable, a team player and experienced with client interface; and
  • be in possession of a full and clean driving licence.

The Principal Ecologist will, in addition to the Person Specification for the Senior Ecologist:

  • have a minimum of ten years experience at a senior level in ecological consultancy;
  • have excellent and proven project management skills ideally with some project management qualifications; and
  • be confident and experienced at dealing with clients and business partners at a high level.

What do we offer?

  • Salary:
    Senior Ecologist £28,980 – £35,870 pa (inc London Weighting) depending on skills and experience
    Principal Ecologist £36,707 – £43,500 pa (inc London Weighting) depending on skills and experience
  • Annual increment subject to satisfactory performance
  • 25 days Annual leave
  • Generous training budget
  • Staff support/mentoring
  • Flexitime and TOIL
  • Pension scheme


Applications (your CV and a covering letter) must be received by and emailed to Jane Kendall ( or by post to:
The Ecology Consultancy,
Beckett House
72, Borough High Street,
London, SE1 1XF

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Charity Number: 1118616 | Company Number: 4323551