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Assistant / Consultant Ornithologist, Permanent, Newcastle upon Tyne or Edinburgh.

REF. 32129


Overview / Responsibilities


Wood has a long established but still growing team of over 70 ecologists (including a 20 strong ornithology team), delivering high quality services on projects in a variety of sectors, including transport; renewables; nuclear; other power; oil and gas; industry; waste, minerals; property and the public sector. We are seeking to recruit a talented and ambitious Assistant Ornithologist or Consultant Ornithologist to join our Northern team, based in Newcastle or Edinburgh.


Wood offers an excellent salary package, including a company car, as well as a tailored training programme and great opportunities for career progression.

We are working on a number of exciting major infrastructure projects in the UK. With our expanding project portfolio we are seeking to recruit talented and ambitious Ornithologists (Assistant Consultant / Consultant) to join our Northern Ecology team, working all over the UK but mainly in Scotland and Northern England.


You will be working within an established team of ornithologists and ecologists and would be expected to provide assistance and support for our on-going workload in a variety of locations and projects ranging from estuarine SPA wader monitoring in lowland England to major infrastructure and power developments in Northern England and the borders and highlands of Scotland. 


Key Responsibilities


The main focus of the role will be assisting the team with initial visits to sites for new projects and to undertake survey work on these and existing projects.  There will be the opportunity to assist in the management of site fieldwork schedules, in the production of baseline bird reports and be involved in data entry and GIS. 


There will also be the opportunity to assist the wider ecology team with other ecological surveys and any wider ecological experience in protected species surveys would be highly desirable.  Data gathering, surveying and the interpretation of results will be key to the role.


Skills / Qualifications


Role Requirements


Wood is looking for an individual who is a competent and appropriately experienced ornithologist experienced in carrying out baseline ornithological surveys, ideally in a consultancy environment. Typically, we would expect around two years' experience in ornithological survey and appraisal or field based research to have developed the skills required for the post.  


Candidates with a higher level of experience and ability will be considered for the higher grade Consultant Ornithologist role. Wider ecological survey skills would be highly desirable although not essential.


You will:

  • have good bird identification skills and have a sound knowledge base of bird ecology; 

  • have experience of undertaking a range of species specific and generic bird survey techniques:

  • be capable of working alone or with minimal supervision in the office and in the field; and

  • ideally hold or have experience with Schedule 1 licences.


Skills / Qualifications

  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent in ecology or a related subject.
  • An MSc or PhD in a relevant subject would be beneficial.
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) would be beneficial.
  • A valid UK driving licence is essential for this role as is the flexibility to work unsocial hours and to work away on site when required.


Company Overview


Wood is a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets. We operate in more than 60 countries, employing around 60,000 people, with revenues of over $10 billion.  We provide performance-driven solutions throughout the asset life cycle, from concept to decommissioning across a broad range of industrial markets, including the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas, power & process, environment and infrastructure, clean energy, mining, nuclear, and general industrial sectors.  www.woodplc.com  


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