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Gavia Environmental

Senior Ecologist


The Exciting Opportunity:


If you’re an Ecologist, with experience in managing medium to large scale projects, who is a self-starter and ambitious, then read on. We have an exciting opportunity to join our team in Perth or Glasgow and we’ll make sure you get the opportunities you need to take your career as far as you want it to go.   


Overview of Role:


The role of Senior Ecologist is a responsible position within the company directly reportable to the Ecological Team Lead and Directors of the Company. The role may require attendance at sites and meetings across the UK, some period away from home are required as a part of the role.   You will be expected to represent the company at all times in a professional manner.  


Main Duties and Activities:


  • Undertake site visits across the UK to undertake ecological surveys as required.

  • Working outside of normal office hours on a regular basis over the bat and GCN survey season.

  • Undertaking ecological survey and reporting.

  • Providing supervision (where required) of junior ecologists/those learning new technical specialisms.

  • Assistance in the preparation and submission of fee proposals.

  • Liaising with clients, professional advisors, contractors and general public.

  • Acting as a project manager for the day to day running of jobs as determined by the ecology team lead.

  • Responsible for the design and management of site-specific ecology survey strategies.


General Office and Personnel Procedures:


  • Compliance with the Gavia Integrated Management System (IMS).

  • Attend CPD courses and be responsible for your own personal development.

  • Keeping the office, survey equipment and company vehicles in clean working order.


Qualifications/Experience Required:


  • At least three years relevant experience.

  • Degree or post-graduate degree (or equivalent) in an ecology or related field.

  • Advanced field skills in botany (to NVC level), or bats (licenced bat worker).

  • Protected species licence and experience of preparing successful mitigation licences.

  • An in-depth knowledge of ecology legislation, survey techniques and an enthusiasm for keeping up to date with best practice guidelines.

  • Experience in writing technical proposals, reports and ES chapters.

  • Full membership of CIEEM (or to have eligibility if not currently held)

  • A full UK driver’s licence valid with no more than three penalty points.




  • Knowledge and experience of GIS;

  • CSCS card holder;

  • Outdoor First Aid holder;




We offer an attractive salary, pension scheme and professional development scheme to allow for advancement of career within the company; as well as a positive working environment for like-minded environmental professionals.  


Interview Process:


Phase 1: If successful, initially you will be invited for a telephone interview to discuss your experience with the Ecology Team Lead and Gavia Directors.

Phase 2: If successful in Phase 1, we would invite you to an interview at Gavia offices in Perth, where we would conduct a competency-based interview and show you around our premises and answer any detailed questions you may have.


Application Details and Deadline:


Please submit your CV to info@gavia-environmental.co.uk with the heading ‘Senior Ecologist job vacancy’. 



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