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Assistant Ecologist

  • Job reference: IF-001881
  • Sector: Environment, Infrastructure
  • Location: Derby
Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to develop your career as an ecological consultant? Atkins are seeking a new Ecologist to join our existing team in Derby. 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 award-winning ecology experts combine technical excellence with a pragmatic approach. Biodiversity and our clients benefit from our innovations.

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 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.

Responsibilities
The majority of work is likely to be regional, but there will be technical collaboration and networking with the ecologists working within the company around the UK. We support our staff in developing their careers through formal training and through working alongside national experts. 

The successful candidate will be expected to:
• Provide technical and project support to the Derby Ecology team and beyond; 
• Work with ecologists and other professionals (environmental scientists, engineers, planners) throughout Atkins and across the UK to provide a consistent and integrated service to clients; 
• Assist on field surveys and help plan and co-ordinate ecological mitigation works; 
• Undertake nature conservation/ecology assessments; 
• Continue to develop their technical skills paying attention to CPD requirements; 
• Manage their own time and workload in collaboration with other team members; 
• Prepare bids and management of project budgets; 
• Work within deadlines and budgets; and
• Work effectively as part of a team delivering a first class service to our clients.


Requirements
• CIEEM membership (or eligible if not currently held)
• A good degree in ecology or similar subject and ideally an MSc
• Understanding of relevant UK & EU legislation, planning policies and licensing regulations
• Up to date knowledge of survey guidance and assessment for UK protected species
• Good project management skills
• Full UK driver’s licence 
• Experience of report writing, ideally including EcIA chapters

Desirable
• Experience working within ecological consultancy;
• Experience of Phase 1 habitat survey and protected species survey

Training
Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. These are reviewed with individuals through an annual appraisal process. We actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions.

Rewards and Benefits
Please refer to our website for details of our full benefits package

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

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