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Principal/Senior Ecologist

  • Job reference: IF-001411
  • Sector: Environment, Infrastructure
  • Location: Glasgow
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Why not...

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to develop your career as an ecological consultant? Atkins are seeking a new Principal/Senior Ecologist to join our existing team in Glasgow. We are interested in meeting with ecologists with a consultancy background who are looking to further their career within a multi-disciplinary team.

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. 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 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 Role

The successful candidate will be expected to:

• Provide technical support to the Scotland Ecology team and beyond;
• Manage and lead the ecological input to a varied range of projects across different sectors;
• Lead field surveys and plan and co-ordinate ecological mitigation works;
• Undertake reporting and ecological impact assessments;
• Work within deadlines and budgets;
• Prepare bids and help win work for the team;
• Manage their own time and workload in collaboration with other team members;
• Continue to develop their technical skills paying attention to CPD requirements; and
• Work effectively as part of a team with ecologists and other professionals (environmental scientists, engineers, planners) throughout Atkins to provide a consistent and integrated service to clients;

If you are looking for a new challenge and want to join a dynamic, enthusiastic team of environmental specialists working on exciting opportunities then please get in touch.


• Must have a degree in a relevant discipline;
• Full Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).
• Chartered Ecologist or Chartered Environmentalist status would be a distinct advantage, if not already chartered the applicant should be in a position to become chartered or in the process of becoming chartered.

Essential Criteria

The following criteria are essential for the role:

• Experience as a Senior Ecologist in a similar (e.g. consultancy) role.
• Experience in writing high quality technical reports and fee proposals (experience of checking technical reports and proposals would be a distinct advantage).
• Experience of production of bids and winning work through client engagement (internal/external).
• Experience of undertaking Ecological Impact Assessment, protected species development licence applications and implementation of mitigation on site.
• Experience of project co-ordination and management of budgets.
• The applicant must demonstrate integrity and commitment.
• The applicant must demonstrate a collaborative and pro-active approach to work with ecology team members, clients and other professionals.
• Good planning and organisational skills, including taking responsibility for managing their time.
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
• Flexibility over travel and hours (It is a requirement to be available to work in the evenings and early mornings and it may be necessary to be away from home for one or two nights per week, regularly during the survey season).
• Proficiency in standard IT applications, including Word, Excel.
• An understanding of the importance of health and safety risk management.


Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help its staff make the best of their abilities and talents. Personal development is reviewed through an annual appraisal process.
We actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions.

Additional information


To see what our Ecology team get up to and what it is like to work #InsideAtkins click here:


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. Our benefits package include a defined contribution pension scheme, long service award and life assurance among others. For full details of our benefits package please refer to our website.



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