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Principal Ecologist


Reference: PC114

Salary: £37,000 - £47,000 per annum (Numerous salary sacrifice schemes)

Type: Permanent, full-time

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Principal Ecologist wanted for a leading Environmental Consultancy in Glasgow. With a team of over 50 staff with a diverse range of technical skills they have office across Scotland and a client portfolio that includes companies operating in renewable energy, ports and harbours, infrastructure, and commercial/residential development. Much of our work is within the UK, but also undertake projects in Europe and further overseas.

The Role:
Their  Ecology Team has grown from strength to strength in recent years and now comprises seventeen staff located across all four regions.

The Principal Ecologist will join a busy and dynamic team, and will be based in Glasgow. The successful applicant will be responsible for designing, managing and delivering a range of projects across the UK, although it is expected that the role will focus primarily on projects in Scotland.

The successful candidate will be expected to manage individual projects, in order to deliver high quality ecological consultancy services to budget and to agreed deadlines. He/she will also be involved in costing work and preparing tenders. This may involve: liaising with clients, other consultants and consultees; acquiring data from third parties; and organising and supervising sub-consultants.

For development related projects, the Principal Ecologist will be responsible for consultation, field survey work, reporting, Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA), writing Ecology chapters for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Reports, habitat and species management planning, and conducting Habitats Regulations Appraisals (HRAs).

Our client also offers the opportunity to be involved in research projects for governments and public bodies. The Principal Ecologist will be expected to support projects out with their core specialisms and offer advice and the benefit of their experience to the wider Ecology Team and the business generally.

The Principal Ecologist will be expected to line manage the Glasgow ecologists and review their work, attend Ecology Team and company-wide technical and business development meetings, and liaise with the Ecology Associate Director and the other Principal Ecologists to grow the ecology sector within EnviroCentre. He/she will also participate in EnviroCentre’s mentoring programme to guide less experienced staff in their professional development.

About You:
You will be a professional ecologist with over 10 years’ experience and preferably have a consultancy background. You will be an excellent communicator with advanced skills in client and regulator liaison and have a track-record of winning and delivering projects. It is essential that candidates have UK and Scottish experience.

You will have a degree or equivalent in ecology or a related subject. An MSc or PhD in an ecological subject is desirable.

You will be a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and preferably a Chartered Ecologist or Chartered Environmentalist. Based on the CIEEM Competency Framework, the ideal candidate will be accomplished in most of the following themes:

  • Habitat/species survey design, planning and fieldwork;
  • Species identification, handling and evaluation;
  • Habitat identification and evaluation;
  • Design and preparation of habitat/species management enhancement
  • plans or projects;
  • Outcome monitoring, data management and reporting;
  • Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) etc.;
  • Ecological assessment including Preliminary Ecological Appraisal
  • (PEA), and Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA);
  • Scientific method, design and implementation;
  • Analysis of data;
  • Interpretation and evidence-based reporting;
  • Managing quality;
  • Managing and evaluating projects; and
  • Recruiting and developing people.

They are looking for candidates with a technical specialism in protected species (such as bats), marine ecology or botany, and with considerable experience in completing EcIA’s and HRA’s. A valid UK driving licence is essential for this role, as is the flexibility to work out with office hours and away from home as necessary.

Advantageous, but non-essential, experience and skills include:
  • Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW);
  • GIS;
  • Mentoring;
  • Business development and marketing.