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Birmingham, West Midlands
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24 June 2019
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Exciting opportunity for a Principal Ecologist to join a growing, dynamic and forward-thinking ecology team based in Birmingham!!!

A leading consultancy is seeking a Principal Ecologist to lead the chiroptera team. You will have specialist knowledge developed over the course of your career, and experience of a wide range of projects. You will have good project management skills and report-writing skills, and some experience of line-managing individuals. You will have experience in creating and managing large datasets and using GIS applications to better capture data from field surveys would be an advantage.

This is a fantastic opportunity to further your career within an established and successful business, which would be a fantastic addition to your CV.


* Competitive salary
* Fantastic benefits package
* Amazing social team and environment


* Working as part of the existing network of ecologists within the UK and Ireland
* Assisting in the winning, delivery and management (technical and financial) of ecological projects
* Writing and providing technical review of ecological reports and other deliverables
* Liaising with clients, project managers and other project stakeholders including statutory bodies
* Managing and mentoring staff as part of our mentoring / line management network
* Represent the company externally through projects, client management, publications and presentations
* Undertaking other tasks which add value to the technical expertise and development of the ecology team, or support wider environmental business goals


* Have a relevant undergraduate degree, and, ideally, have a higher degree (MSc / PhD)
* Be able to show evidence of ongoing vocational training
* Be eligible for or have full membership of CIEEM or another relevant professional body
* Have a licence to drive a vehicle in the UK
* Have formal project management qualifications
* Have an excellent knowledge of UK and EC wildlife legislation and policy, as well as Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)
* Hold relevant protected species survey licences, and preferably also mitigation licences
* Experience of Phase 1 Habitat and protected species surveys and licensing
* Technical and professional proficiency with a demonstrable history of delivering ecology projects to a high standard, on time and within budgets
* Experience of ecological impact assessment, design and/or construction management, ideally on major infrastructure projects in the UK
* Strong project management skills and experience (including technical, financial and quality aspects)
* Proactive and careful approach to Health and Safety, including first aid training certificate
* Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, in particular, the ability to write concise technical reports
* Experience in line management as well as technical leadership of teams of ecologists on major projects
* Electronic data capture, analysis and presentation
* Willing to travel to offices and sites within the UK and potentially internationally when required by work demand
* Adaptable and flexible approach to work to meet peaks in demands
* A track record in, or aspirations for, continuing professional development and supporting the development / management of junior ecologists
* Ideally, you will be chartered (CEnv or CEcol)

For more information on this position please call Toby Willetts on 0203 6800640 today!!!

Randstad CPE values diversity and promotes equality. No terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate against any of the protected characteristics that fall under the Equality Act 2010. We encourage and welcome applications from all sections of society and are more than happy to discuss reasonable adjustments and/or additional arrangements as required to support your application.

Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

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