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Ecologist – Principal / Associate Director



We have a fantastic opportunity for a suitably experienced ecologist to fill a Principal/Associate Director role in our thriving and growing biodiversity team. The post represents an exciting opportunity to manage and deliver biodiversity inputs into our expansive range of projects across the UK and potentially for international work. We are looking for a talented and ambitions individual to join our team who will bring new ideas and approaches and who will be part of our continued process of evolution and growth.

Open to applications nationwide, we are looking for a driven individual who is focused on finding solutions and is passionate about delivering technical excellence. We are seeking a candidate who can provide clear and where appropriate, innovative ecology advice and who is capable of leading on the biodiversity elements of major development projects, from proposal, through assessment and into the delivery of construction elements. The candidate will need to be an excellent communicator, confident in dealing with clients, and be able to effectively challenge internal and external stakeholders if required. The successful applicant will enjoy the benefits of working within a caring ‘people first’ team which champions Wood’s commitments to diversity, inclusion and equality.

Key Responsibilities

The role will involve:

  • Providing clients with accurate, innovative and proportionate biodiversity technical and consenting advice in relation to a range of exciting projects
  • Contribute to biodiversity inputs across all project lifecycles from bidding/ feasibility/optioneering, extensive field survey programming, detailed design and assessment
  • Acting as technical lead for the production of ecological assessments from project inception through to project completion, including authoring/technically reviewing Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, protected species reports, biodiversity management and mitigation plans, scoping reports, biodiversity chapters of Environmental Statements and HRA, with the associated quality, schedule and budget management responsibilities
  • Representing Wood and its clients to key stakeholders, including wide-ranging technical engagement and consultation with regulators, local authorities, NGOs and the general public
  • Mentoring, coaching and supporting junior staff. We are passionate about continual professional development and look to our senior staff to provide on the job coaching, mentoring and support to ensure our team members grow and develop to achieve their aspirations and meet our client needs
  • Networking across the wider UK consultancy business, developing relationships with other technical disciplines in the pursuit of enhancing our offer to the market and in striving to continually innovate approaches, techniques, and solutions for our clients

Skills / Qualifications

The successful candidate will have:

  • A willingness, appetite and enthusiasm for new challenges and for being central to the growth and continual technical development of our biodiversity team
  • Experience of operating in a consultancy business at a senior level leading the biodiversity elements of major projects and delivery of high quality deliverables
  • Experience of managing projects, including commercial, resourcing and scheduling activities along with managing sub-contracts and sub-contractors
  • Experience in stakeholder engagement and client/contractor liaison
  • Team leadership and/or mentoring experience
  • Experience of energy generation and transmission projects would be advantageous but not essential
  • Experience of Habitat Classification/Biodiversity Net Gain
  • An ecological specialism is desirable, in particular with respect to bats and botanical knowledge, but a biodiversity generalist is also welcome.
  • An undergraduate ecology (or related) degree, with a secondary MSc or PhD in ecology being of interest

Salary & Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Flexible working
  • Company car or cash alternative (includes personal use)
  • Competitive 25 days holiday (in addition to bank holidays) with options to buy/sell additional days leave
  • Flexible benefits scheme including health insurance for self and dependents, enhanced maternity and primary carer allowances, life insurance, dental insurance, cycle to work scheme and generous pension scheme contributions

For further information or to apply, please visit our website

Delete Date: 12/07/2022  Location: Nationwide

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