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Logo: Five Rivers Environmental Contracting LtdSenior or Principal Ecologist (Terrestrial)

Salary £30-£40k dependent on experience (full time, permanent position)

Location: Coventry


Five Rivers Environmental Contracting Ltd is a specialist environmental construction company with our head office located in Wiltshire. Five Rivers is an industry leader delivering projects across the UK. We specialise in the in-house design and delivery of civil/environmental projects with works including (but not limited) to ecological mitigation, civil engineering projects, clearance works, river restorations, river re-alignments, floodplain re-connections and fish passes.


You will be the ecological lead on high profile habitat mitigation and translocation projects in the Midlands, ensuring the highest environmental standards are met.  The role will co-ordinate other ecological specialists / ECoWs, as well as acting as company lead for licensable works.




  • A strong undergraduate degree in Ecology, Zoology, Botany, Biology, Environmental Science (with a strong ecology focus) or similar/equivalent;
  • A minimum of five years demonstrable post-graduate experience preferably in a professional ecological consultancy role encompassing large infrastructure projects;
  • Positive, pro-active attitude;
  • Full membership of CIEEM or equivalent with expertise in protected species surveys;
  • In depth knowledge of ecology, working knowledge of current legislation, policy, industry best practice and mitigation techniques;
  • Holder of relevant European Protected Species (EPS) survey licences, and preferably also mitigation licences; (bat, badger, GCN);
  • Experience of Phase 1 Habitat and EPS surveys and licensing;
  • Technical and professional proficiency with a demonstrable history of delivering ecology projects to a high standard, on time and within budget;
  • Writing and providing technical review of ecological reports and other deliverables;
  • Must be a self-starter and have a proven track record of managing ecological elements of projects;
  • Experience in line management and technical leadership of teams of ecologists on major projects;
  • Electronic data capture, analysis and presentation;
  • Adaptable and flexible approach to work to meet peaks in demands (as all roles are likely to involve occasional longer/and or unsociable hours;
  • Experience in delivering best SHEQ standards throughout delivery;
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work with key stakeholders of all levels.  




  • SMSTS qualification
  • First aid qualification
  • Tree climbing experience / tickets
  • Arboriculture experience
  • Good knowledge and experience of working within woodlands
  • Chartered Ecologist or working towards same.


The package:


  • Salary between £30k and £40k, based on your experience and drive.
  • You will receive 21 days holiday pro rata, plus public bank holidays.
  • Nest Pension Scheme.
  • Company phone and laptop.


The roles will be based out of our site offices in the Coventry area with occasional visits to our Salisbury office, and client’s offices in Birmingham. We can provide a mileage allowance for your own vehicle or provide a company vehicle as required for these additional trips.


Email CV and cover letter to jobs@five-rivers.com


Closing date 6th December.  



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