Ornithological Specialist

Our client is an innovative and dynamic environmental and planning consultancy. Due to continued expansion in their project portfolio, they are now undertaking further growth of their business through the recruitment of experienced, highly motivated Ornithologists.

Our client specialises in providing high quality environmental and planning advice to blue-chip companies with a particular focus on the offshore wind farm development sector, as well as coastal projects more widely. They also undertake research for government and government agencies, both in the UK and abroad. Their work includes the provision of high-quality strategic and specialist consultancy across the full range of project phases (from site bid / feasibility, through consenting, and for NSIPs during examination and post-consent compliance).

As a respected consultancy, our client is exceptionally well positioned in the industry, supporting ongoing offshore wind Round 3 and extension projects, as well as providing potential Round 4 and ScotWind opportunities in addition to projects in the Irish market.


Our client is now seeking individuals with knowledge of seabird ecology to work as part of their offshore ornithology team contributing to EIA and HRA, design mitigation and the development of compensation measures in relation to some of the largest and most exciting development projects in the UK energy sector, managing and contributing to the offshore ornithology assessment process for consent applications for multi-billion pound infrastructure projects.

They are seeking candidates at all levels who have relevant experience of seabird ecology and, ideally, offshore ornithological impact assessment and related technical studies (for example, collision risk modelling, population viability assessment, ornithological EIA etc).


  • Develop and support ornithological related workstreams including delivering ornithological assessment input into the EIA and HRA process for offshore wind developments
  • Provide technical advice and assessment as part of our client's existing ornithological team
  • Contribute to and/or lead on stakeholder liaison
  • Provide specialist input and advice on ornithological matters to support clients at a project and strategic level


  • Educated to at least degree, but preferably MSc, level in a relevant discipline
  • Excellent written and oral communication, organisational and time management skills
  • A professional manner with strong inter-personal skills and an ability to communicate at all levels
  • Ideally, an established track record in the field of offshore ornithology and seabird ecology, derived from a relevant career in consultancy, research or working for government
  • Ideally, a working knowledge of the technical assessments underpinning ornithological work in support of development projects and through the EIA and HRA processes (e.g. CRM, displacement analysis, apportioning, PVA, monitoring design, etc.), ideally related to offshore wind farm development
  • Ideally, some experience of working within the planning process, ideally in England, Wales or Scotland
  • Ideally, experience working with regulators and stakeholders

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