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Logo: CGO Ecology LtdSenior Ecologist (Bats, Birds - SE England)

CGO Ecology Ltd, Woking, Surrey www.cgoecology.com

Starting December 2019

Permanent, with three-month probationary period

Salary £30,000 +




CGO Ecology is a consultancy with a small team of staff, and a wide network of subcontractors and associates. We need a skilled and licensed bat ecologist, with proven experience obtaining bat EPS mitigation licences, to join our Dorset team. Good ornithological skills and a range of other ecological expertise would be a bonus.




The position is home-based, ideally in Surrey or Berkshire, but other parts of Southeast England considered. It involves travelling to jobs across the Southeast, sometimes Dorset, Hants and the Midlands. Overnight stays are sometimes required, particularly in the summer bat season (between dusk and dawn surveys). You would coordinate and conduct surveys and mitigation for bats (PRAs, nocturnal surveys, static detectors, transects), Breeding Bird Surveys, Winter Bird Surveys, Phase 1 habitat/PEAs, and surveys for reptiles, GCN, riparian mammals, and other protected species. You must be able to write reports and licence applications to a high standard of English grammar, and deal effectively with clients, colleagues and stakeholders. You would need excellent written and verbal communication skills, be physically able, and prepared to work flexible and often unsociable hours with a flexi-time/TOIL system. You would need to be a self-starter, with a pragmatic outlook, who uses their initiative to resolve problems.


Essential experience/skills


  • Bat survey licence (at least CL17 level 2), experience obtaining bat mitigation licences.
  • Good ornithological skills, with Annex I/Schedule 1 species survey experience.
  • Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys/PEA, with commensurate botanical knowledge.
  • Full driving licence, access to own vehicle.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Degree-level education, or equivalent in professional experience and training.
  • Highly computer-literate, including MS Office.
  • At least two years in the consultancy sector.


Desirable (non-essential) experience/skills


  • Expertise and experience in some of the following taxa and disciplines: badger, barn owl, breeding birds, hazel dormouse, GCN, invertebrates, NVC botanical surveys, otter, reptiles, water vole.
  • Competent in GIS or CAD software.
  • At least five years in the consultancy sector.
  • Full or Associate member, or eligible for membership, of CIEEM.
  • Tree-climbing qualifications and experience.
  • A range of professional employment demonstrating breadth of character.




Salary £30k+, negotiable for the right candidate. Working week 40 hours with a flexi-time/TOIL system. We reimburse reasonable expenses at cost, and mileage at 45p. We provide relevant PPE and survey equipment, pension, regular CPD/training, 24 days’ discretionary leave plus statutory holidays. We operate an Equal Opportunities policy.




To apply, send a brief email to Chris Gleed-Owen chris@cgoecology.com, attaching a CV focusing on relevant experience, licences and qualifications. The post will be advertised until filled, starting December 2019, or earlier if possible. No agencies.   

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