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Ecologist

If you are interested in applying for this position please email a current CV and covering letter to Philip Upton, Business Manager at admin@ecological-services.co.uk.

Job Title:  Ecologist

Salary and package:

  • £22,000 – £25,000 per annum.
  • Extremely flexible working through flexi-time and TOIL systems.
  • 28 days holiday plus statutory holidays.
  • £250 annual training budget with five days a year that can be used for training or volunteering.
  • 5 paid hours per month available to all staff for activities that promote your health and well-being.
  • Company health insurance.
  • Offices located in the most biodiverse 10km grid square in the UK!

Overall purpose of the position

To assist the Senior Ecologists, Principal Ecologists and senior management in leading the team in providing expert technical consultancy services to Lindsay Carrington Ecological Services’ (LCES) clients.

Relevant CIEEM competence level

Ecologists will be ‘Capable’ in accordance with CIEEM’s competency framework levels. This means that Ecologists will have the knowledge and experience of ecological consultancy to conduct complex, specialist or non-standard tasks confidently and consistently. They will be aware of alternative options and approaches and will be able to provide guidance, instruction and advice to others. Associate membership of CIEEM is expected for Ecologists.

Roles, competencies and responsibilities

General responsibilities

  • To act as Ecologist in the best interests of LCES with honesty, integrity and good faith towards shareholders, employees, clients, suppliers and of the community within which the Company operates and demonstrating high levels of professional competence in all aspects of the work.
  • To use personal and professional skills within the role, together with such contacts, experience and judgement that they may possess to optimise both the short-term and long-term financial performance of the Company.
  • To uphold and protect the good name and professional expectations of the Company at all times.
  • To carry out duties in accordance with the Company’s policies, procedures and rules laid down by Lindsay Carrington Ecological Services.
  • To uphold and act in accordance with the Company’s Equality and Diversity policy and treat colleagues with dignity at all times, and not discriminate against, bully or harass other members of staff regardless of their status.

Ecologist required skills and qualifications

  • Relevant BSc (Hons) degree or suitable experience. May also have MSc or PhD.
  • Associate ACIEEM or Chartered Ecologist/ Environmentalist.
  • At least four years’ experience working within a consultancy.
  • Hold at least one protected species licences, or be recognised as being accomplished within their area of expertise.
  • Extensive experience in all aspects of our work / services provided in terms of organisation, knowledge and quality assurance.
  • Have a detailed level of knowledge relating to certain aspects of ecological consultancy and its application in many and varied circumstances.
  • Have the ability to share your knowledge with others through formal education or professional training.
  • Have the ability to solve complex problems with supervision.
  • To be able to consistently demonstrate good communication skills, being able to present complex information clearly both orally and in writing.
  • Experience in EPS licensing, both in their design and implementation.
  • Experience of project management and client liaison of small and medium scale projects.
  • Competent in reviewing Assistant and Graduate reports for small scale projects (e.g. negative bat reports, BMPs)
  • Able to compile more complicated reports for larger sites with multiple protected species issues with assistance.
  • Have a sufficient level of knowledge of ecological consultancy to enable them to provide support to other members of staff, and to make decisions with confidence.

Ecologist responsibilities

  • Follow Company policies and procedures including Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety policies.
  • Follow Company health and safety policies and procedures. Take responsibility for own health and safety. Complete dynamic risk assessments. Undertake appropriate training where necessary, ensure line managers are aware of any training needs.
  • To assist in the development and implementation of health and safety and develop and promote a positive culture of health and safety awareness and management within the organisation. To assist with audits of health and safety procedures and implementation.
  • Competent at writing reports for small and medium sized sites and projects. Report writing skills should be at a level that reports need little or any alterations at review stage. Developing skills in writing reports for larger and more complicated sites. Prepare quotes for small and medium sized projects unassisted.
  • To engage and promote a good working relationship with stakeholders, such as clients, planning authority ecologists and staff of government bodies such as Natural England.
  • To play an active part in multi-disciplinary teams, providing necessary support and expertise to allow the Company’s activities to perform at a consistently high level of quality. E.g. liaising with colleagues working on different elements of a multi-disciplinary project, and understanding requirements of other disciplines, e.g. planners, architects, archaeologists.
  • To adhere and contribute to the Company’s quality procedures.
  • To adhere and contribute to the Company’s environmental policies and procedures.
  • To assist in effectively allocating responsibilities and resources to other members of the team to optimise the efficiency of the Company, and to effectively manage workloads.
  • To be part of the team within the Company, helping to promote a professional and positive culture. To take responsibility for liaison with clients and customer’s and do so in a consistently professional manner.
  • To project manage small, medium and large size projects with multi-disciplinary teams. Aspects of project management include liaising with multiple stakeholders, effectively distributing work to other members of the team, effectively managing the financial aspects of the project such as quoting, invoicing and budgeting, and consistently ensuring output is of a high quality as demanded by industry standards.
  • To comply with the Company’s data protection policy and show an awareness of data and copyright legislation. Complies with Company document control and data management procedures.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Word and Excel and bat sonogram analysis.
  • To support other members of the team, up to Ecologist level in the project management of small and medium projects, ensuring all aspects and output are being produced of the high quality as demanded by industry standards.
  • Takes responsibility for leading a team working on small, medium and large sized projects / field surveys.
  • Competent at identifying the appropriate survey and methodology for a range of protected species surveys in accordance with recognised industry standards.
  • Competent at surveys for small, medium and large sites / projects, including a range of protected species surveys and ecological appraisals / phase 1 habitat surveys. Demonstrates a knowledge of biosecurity protocols and adheres to these.
  • To lead surveys with appropriate scientific vigour. Holds at least one protected species survey licence.
  • Attends training on habitat surveys, species surveys and handling and complies with techniques and animal welfare standards set within the training sessions.
  • Prepares BREEAM assessment reports to a high standard, and makes habitat enhancement and creation recommendations in reports for small to medium sized projects and large sized projects with supervision.
  • Complies with data management associated with field survey results, in particular adhering to Company protocol with bat data management. Ensure that staff up to Ecologist level meet Company standards in data management.
  • Complies with the Company’s non-conformance reporting system.
  • Conducts ecological clerk of works for a range of projects, with little or no assistance on larger projects. Takes responsibility for liaising with contractors and other professionals involved.
  • Is knowledgeable concerning the HRA procedure and is familiar with HRA documents and protocols for Dorset and Hampshire.
  • Demonstrates a solid understanding of Ecological Appraisals and the EcIA process. Competent at preparing reports for small and medium scale projects and contributes to larger more complicated reports with assistance, including writing the recommendations / conclusion section. Is able to write the Ecology Chapter of an EcIA with assistance for a straight forward site.
  • Demonstrates understanding of and advises on national, European and International environmental legislation, policy and guidance for their chosen field in complex scenarios.
  • Demonstrates that they are able to reliably advise on appropriate mitigation, and assess colleagues or other stakeholders mitigation strategies and advise on whether they are compliant with governing legislation and follow Company non-conformance procedures.
  • To contribute to be overall business management across a range of activities, and to undertake risk management.
  • To take part in the smooth general running of the offices.

Personal qualities

  • Required to be a good team worker, able to listen and value instruction.
  • Have the ability to carry out detailed work and to show initiative.
  • Have a willingness to work unsociable hours.
  • Have the ability to present a range of information confidently and to motivate others to meet or exceed their objectives through direction.

Company Overview

Lindsay Carrington Ecological Services Ltd is an independent ecological consultancy based in Dorset. The practice was established in 2002 on a sound conservation and commercial consultancy basis. Since then, our company has expanded and our expert ecologists have the skills and experience to carry out a complete range of ecological projects. The expertise of our ecologists is built on an ongoing involvement in ecological research and voluntary survey work.

Diversity Statement

We are an equal opportunity 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.