Senior Ecologist

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Ref: 398 Date Posted: Wednesday 24 Jan 2024

We are recruiting a Permanent Senior Ecologist to join our Client's professional and friendly environmental team! 

Your passion for ecology and the environment will be rewarded with an extensive benefit package including but not limited to:-

  • 26 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Pension
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Refer a Friend scheme
  • Rewards saving scheme 
  • Internal Academy for Career Development
  • Parental leave schemes

As a Senior Ecologist you will support the Environmental Team with projects and surveys across the Midlands area.

This role requires you to have technical environmental and ecological expertise on projects, as well as managerial capabilities in order to provide support to other team members. Fieldwork will involve ecological surveys, asset surveying and ecological clerk of works roles. As an ideal candidate, you should be familiar with protected species licence requirements, environmental protection measures, extensive Phase 1 habitat / UKHaps surveys, data collation and interpretation experience and biodiversity net gain assessments.

Knowledge of ecology and survey techniques as well as legislations and procedures are essential. 

You must be experienced in delivering projects in a commercially competitive environment;  Be an excellent report writer, able to communicate effectively with stakeholders and clients, as well as possess a ‘can-do’ attitude. Attention to detail is a necessity in this role, as well as the ability to multitask and work autonomously without supervision.

To apply for this Senior Ecologist role you will have:-

  • Qualified with a degree in a relevant scientific or environmental discipline
  • Minimum for 4 years experience in an ecological or environmental field
  • Knowledge of ecology, legislation, and survey techniques and the planning process
  • Experience of ecological survey / environmental sector
  • Ecological site survey experience (protected species surveys, Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) / Phase 1 habitat surveys/UKHabs)
  • Level 2 Bat licenced holder– or near to achieving
  • Experienced in using and interpreting bat recording analysis software
  • Ecological Clerk of Works Experience
  • Experience of delivering projects within a commercially competitive environment
  • Stakeholder Engagement (such as Wildlife Trusts, Environmental Health Officers, Natural England, Heritage England, Environment Agency, Lead Local Flood Authorities etc
  • Data collation and interpretation experience
  • Good report preparation / writing skills (including technical report writing) skills
  • Experience of writing fee proposals, project management and client liaison.
  • Self-motivated and able to work autonomously as well as part of a small team
  • Prioritise tasks and manage their own workload and those of other team members
  • Experience in checking reports produced by peers and team members. An attention to detail and ability to produce accurate and concise reports,
  • Approachable, proactive, ambitious, and well organised
  • Excellent attention to detail and willingness to learn
  • Membership of CIEEM or equivalent
  • Full clean UK driving licence

Extras that would be an advantage but not essential


  • Producing Protected Species Survey Licences (particularly bat)
  • Have experience of people management and a willingness to mentor  junior staff.
  • Full member of Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management or equivalent (or working towards it)
  • Ideally have experience in both linear infrastructure and property development projects
  • GIS experience


If you have all the necessary skills, knowledge and experience required for this Permanent Senior Ecologist role, we would love to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate in applying here or speaking to a member of the Wote Street People team directly.