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Senior Ecologist – Scotland


Within the UK, Wood has one of the largest biodiversity, EIA, and planning consultancy teams. Our UK biodiversity staff are 70 strong, made up of diverse and passionate specialists who take pride in delivering a wide range of high-quality ecological services on complex projects across a diverse range of sectors in UK and international markets, including low carbon and hydrogen, transport, renewables, nuclear, power, waste, minerals and property.

We have a fantastic opportunity for a suitably experienced ecologist to fill a Senior role in our thriving and growing biodiversity team. The post represents an exciting opportunity to play a major role in ecological delivery on renewable projects in Scotland, as well as opportunities to manage and deliver biodiversity inputs into our expansive range of projects across the UK.

We are looking for a driven individual who is focused on finding solutions, passionate about delivering technical excellence and able to provide clear and, where appropriate, innovative ecological advice supporting the biodiversity elements of major development projects. The role requires an excellent communicator, confident in dealing with clients, and 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
  • Contributing to biodiversity inputs across all project lifecycles from bidding/ feasibility/optioneering, extensive field survey programming, detailed design and assessment
  • Acting as technical author or lead as appropriate for the production of ecological assessments from project inception through to project completion, including authoring/technically reviewing Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, protected species reports, habitat management plans, mitigation strategies, scoping reports, biodiversity chapters of Environmental Impact Assessment Reports/ Environmental Statements and Habitats Regulations Appraisals/ Assessments, 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, Non-Governmental Organisations 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 team members in 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:

  • An undergraduate ecology (or related) degree, with a secondary MSc or PhD in ecology being of interest
  • Experience leading the biodiversity elements of a range of projects, including project/task management, financial management and delivery of high-quality written reports
  • Experience in stakeholder engagement and client/contractor liaison
  • Experience of energy generation and transmission projects would be advantageous
  • Track record of contributing to winning bids
  • Awareness, and ideally experience, of recent developments in Ecology including Biodiversity Net Gain
  • A willingness, appetite and enthusiasm for new challenges and for being central to the growth and continual technical development of our biodiversity team
  • An ecological specialism (botanical skills and/or a licensed bat worker) is desirable but the post is open to biodiversity generalists
  • Full membership of CIEEM (or eligibility if not currently held)

Salary & Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Flexible working (home and our central-Glasgow Office)
  • Essential User Company Car
  • 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: Scotland

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