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Assistant Ecologist

  • Job reference: IF-001423
  • Sector: Environment, Infrastructure
  • Location: Epsom

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Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to develop a career as an ecological consultant? We are seeking an assistant ecologist to join our South-East Ecology team in the Epsom office. This is a permanent position.

As one of the world’s leading engineering, environmental and design consultancies Atkins offers opportunities for talented ecologists to work on a wide variety of projects. Our clients, both in the UK and worldwide, include national and local governments, leading developers, transport, energy and water providers and international funding agencies.

The dynamic and influential relationship between our ecology team and our engineering, planning and design colleagues combined with the support of our unique in-house Academy system and competency framework, provide exceptional opportunities for ecologists to develop both their technical and commercial skills.

At Atkins, we offer more than just a job. We offer an opportunity to make a difference and shape the world to benefit future generations and the natural environment.

The majority of work is likely to be within the South-East region, but there will be technical collaboration and networking with the ecologists and other colleagues working within the company around the UK, with opportunities to work in other regions of the UK. We support our staff in developing their careers through formal training and working alongside experienced colleagues.

Responsibilities

The role involves, but is not limited to:

• Providing support to the South-East Ecology team and other UK ecology teams when needed;
• Working with other professionals (environmental scientists, engineers, planning consultants) throughout Atkins to provide a consistent and integrated service to clients;
• Supporting the team with winning work from internal and external clients.
• Undertaking desk studies to identify ecological information for sites;
• Assisting on field surveys and mitigation work, and helping to plan and co-ordinate ecological input to projects;
• Undertaking technical reporting tasks including protected species survey reports, and constraints and opportunities reports;
• Assisting with Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA); and
• Undertaking nature conservation/ecology evaluations, and assisting with licence applications and ecological mitigation design, with support from colleagues.

About you

If you have the following attributes and experience, then we want to hear from you:

• Dedicated and proactive;
• Willing to learn;
• Happy to work outside of normal office hours;
• A relevant degree;
• Experience of technical report writing at work or during study;
• Basic knowledge of survey and assessment for UK habitats and notable/protected species, and an enthusiasm to develop skills;
• Basic understanding of relevant UK & EU nature conservation legislation, and UK and local policy relating to planning and biodiversity;
• Basic understanding of EcIA; and
• Basic knowledge of extended Phase 1 habitat survey and protected species surveys.

• A full UK driver’s licence would be an advantage.

Training and Development

Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help its staff make the best of their abilities and talents. This includes our in-house Academy system, competency framework system and our Professionals Programme (for senior staff). Personal development is reviewed through an annual appraisal process and mentoring support. We actively support staff in achieving membership of relevant professional institutions and attaining chartership.

Rewards and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefits package, and an opportunity to develop and learn new skills in a supportive and friendly environment. For full details of our benefits package please refer to our website.

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