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Senior Ecologist

  • Job reference: IF-001149
  • Sector: Environment, Infrastructure
  • Location: Cambridge, London
The Atkins London & South-East Ecology Practice is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Senior Ecologist to join our team, with the opportunity to lead a team of ecologists based within the Atkins Cambridge office in Girton.
The successful applicant will join a growing team of ecologists within the London & South-East practice, based in Epsom, London and Cambridge working on challenging and exciting projects. Atkins is one of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, providing services for clients across a range of market sectors including transportation, cities, water, energy and defence. Our services include ecological surveys, impact assessment, ecology design, clerk-of-works, and licensing.
If you think you are the right person to join our team and can demonstrate the qualifications and experience criteria, then please do apply.
Atkins currently has over 60 ecologists based in offices around the UK. Our team and projects have won awards and commendations for biodiversity enhancements, innovation and knowledge sharing. We operate across the UK and internationally, but are organised into regional practices within which ecologists collaborate on projects with colleagues from other environmental and engineering disciplines. Our London & South-East ecology practice has 14 permanent staff working alongside other flexible staff, based in Epsom, London and Cambridge.
Atkins has a reputation for delivering technically demanding projects and innovative approaches, and work for a range of government departments, multi-national industrial clients, funding agencies and lenders, property developers, and regulatory authorities. The Atkins Ecology Practice aim to be at the forefront of technological advances in ecology, and actively encourage staff to contribute and develop new ideas.
Atkins is committed to advancing the careers and skills of our ecologists. As well as providing a competitive training budget, Atkins also has an in-house training programme. The successful applicant will have tailored mentor support towards achieving their ecological technical and wider career goals, such as the necessary skills and experience to obtain desired protected species licences.
For this position, much of work is likely to be regional, but there will be technical collaboration and networking with our ecologists across the UK and beyond.

The Role

The successful candidate will be expected to:
  • Undertake line management duties as required;
  • Manage and lead the ecological input to a varied range of projects across different sectors;
  • Lead, plan and co-ordinate field surveys and plan and co-ordinate ecological mitigation works;
  • Undertake reporting and ecological impact assessments;
  • Help manage and mentor junior colleagues;
  • Prepare bids and help win work for the team; 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.
  • Must have a degree in a relevant discipline and preferably an MSc.
    • Full Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).
  • Chartered Ecologist or Chartered Environmentalist status would be an advantage (we expect you to be keen to work towards Chartered status with Atkins’ support); and
  • A full valid UK/EEC driving licence.

Essential Criteria

The following criteria are essential for the role:
  • Experience as a Senior Ecologist in a similar (i.e. consultancy) role;
  • Experience of undertaking Preliminary Ecological Appraisal, Ecological Impact Assessment, protected species development licence applications and implementation of mitigation on site;
  • Botanical survey skills and and/or a survey licence for one or more protected species;
  • Experience of project co-ordination, production of bids and management of budgets;
  • Experience managing / mentoring junior colleagues; and
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and proficiency in standard IT applications (including Word, Excel and Outlook).
Note: 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 more nights per week, regularly during the survey season.
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