Senior or Principal Ecologist

Our client is an established and independent environmental consultancy. With 15 years' experience and offices across the UK, their specialist teams have been advising clients across various sectors on how to achieve their objectives and meet required environmental compliance.

They specialise particularly in Ecology (Terrestrial and Aquatic), EIA, Arboriculture and Geospatial Analysis.


Our client needs commercially minded Senior- or Principal-level Ecological Consultants to join their rapidly expanding teams, enhancing their offering to clients and building on their success. They have multiple positions available due to a period of sustained business growth.

You will have strong commercial project management skills, have an approachable and adaptable leadership style, as well being technically competent, with an in-depth knowledge of ecology, legislation, and survey techniques.

Outputs are expected to be high-quality, on time and within budget. As with all consultancy work, you will need to be a professional with the ability to communicate effectively and to maintain positive client relationships.

You may already be working at Senior or Principal level, and looking for a fresh approach to ecological consultancy, with plenty of scope for development and progression. Or you may be ready to take the step up from Consultant to Senior.

At Principal level, you'll be confident in undertaking business development, preparing quotes and tenders, and building client relationships. You will be a technical expert and capable of writing accurate and concise reports.

At Senior level, you will be a competent project manager, leading mid- to large-scale projects from inception to completion, with some experience of winning work and developing your commercial skillset.


You should:

  • Have relevant and proven experience in a similar role, within a commercial ecological consultancy
  • Have a degree or postgraduate degree (or equivalent) in an ecological or related subject
  • Be technically competent, with an in-depth knowledge of ecology, legislation, and survey techniques
  • Have advanced field skills in one or more specialist areas as well as holding a protected species licence(s)
  • Be organised with experience of managing projects
  • Have experience of leading and motivating a team of both site and office-based staff
  • Be financially adept with the ability to manage budgets
  • Have excellent written communication skills and be able to produce meticulous and accurate technical reports, for example EPSL applications, EcIA chapters and habitat regulation assessments
  • Have a full UK driving licence and use of a car
  • Have a positive outlook and a strong desire to succeed.

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