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Logo: Darwin Ecology LtdWe are looking for an experienced Ecologist to join our team of consultants for 9 months with possible extension as maternity cover. The role will be based at our Southern Office in Farnham, Surrey with some scope for flexible working patterns and home working, especially during summer months. 


Darwin Ecology Ltd is a small team of highly skilled ecologists who provide a complete range of ecological surveys and contracting services across the South and South-West regions. We work on a wide range of projects from small extensions to large multi phase housing developments including National infrastructure projects. 


We pride ourselves on a professional, solution-focused approach combined with a strong conservation ethic.


The successful candidate must share our passion for ecology and conservation, be enthusiastic, self-motivated and reliable, confident working independently and an inspiring part of our team. 




The successful candidate will: 

  • Work as part of the southern team whilst working in collaboration with the south-west team, which is led by Director Mike Cummings.
  • Assist in the preparation, management and execution of large and small scale ecological survey and mitigation projects, to include mitigation, habitat creation and restoration works, ecological survey reports, Natural England protected species licence applications and habitat and protected species surveys.
  • Undertake protected species survey work including out of hours survey work.
  • Work in collaboration with the team to design ecological enhancement schemes and effective species mitigation works.
  • Liaise with project stakeholders and sub-contractors on behalf of Darwin Ecology and communicate survey results and ecological advice to clients both verbally and through written reports. 


Skills & Qualifications  



  • A degree in ecology or a related subject and post-graduation experience in ecology within a consultancy environment or equivalent industry experience.
  • Experience with a range of habitat and field surveys, analysing and interpreting data. 
  • Proven experience of writing professional reports.
  • Demonstrable understanding of the consultantís role and commercial competency.
  • A good understanding of the planning process and of appropriate mitigation strategies.
  • Proven success of working in a team environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects.
  • Applicants will need to hold a UK driving licence, have their own vehicle, be prepared to travel to different sites and to work ecology survey hours.



  • Protected species surveys licences (bats, great crested newts, dormice etc) - a dormouse licence would be especially advantageous.
  • Practical ecological mitigation skills and experience of ECoW roles.


What do we offer? 

  • Salary is £22 - £30K (pro rata) depending on experience and qualifications.
  • 23 days annual leave
  • Apple Mac Laptop and iPhone
  • Flexible working hours and TOIL
  • Flexible and friendly working environment
  • Serviced office in rural area on the outskirts of Farnham (Sandy).



Please send a CV, detailing relevant skills and experience and a covering letter to Director Mike Cummings: mike@darwin-ecology.co.uk and Annika Binet: ani@darwin-ecology.co.uk   

Interviews will be arranged at a convenient time upon receipt of suitable applications.




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