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Yorkshire Water

Senior Ecologist

Salary: £28,649 to £35,811 + quarterly bonus + car allowance + pension + 25 days holiday
Location: Bradford, with the option to work flexibly across other YW sites and home

We currently have an opportunity for a Senior Ecologist within our Clean & Catchment Strategy Team, working alongside a group focused on delivering environmental improvements for our customers.

Every day will be different, and while the focus of the role may mean undertaking surveys everywhere from Wharfdale to Runswick Bay, you may be helping advise on manging orchids growing on service reservoirs in Sheffield through to the impacts of abstractions on otter populations in the Yorkshire Wolds.

Role Purpose

You will need a strong ecological background with experience in habitat mapping and restoration, together with a passion for collaborative working with a variety of internal teams and external partners.

Your primary focus will be helping deliver our habitat mapping programme across our c.70,000ha estate. This will provide the evidence base to underpin our company decisions around future conservation investment and land management, as well as helping ensure we can fulfil and exceed our biodiversity net gain commitments as a business. You will be helping ensure nature across our operations is valued and helping create new areas of high-quality wildlife habitat across Yorkshire.

This AMP cycle (2020-2025) we have an exciting multi-million pound programme of ecological enhancements to deliver. Within this, you will be identifying partners across the region to help us deliver our conservation commitments, monitor outcomes, and help develop our future environmental commitments for our next cycle.

You will be working with colleagues in our Land and Property team to help safeguard and improve the habitat value of our rural farm estate and moorland SSSI land. The role will also have a strong component of collaboration with stakeholders, particularly regulators such as the EA and Natural England, and others such as Catchment Partnerships and the region’s Wildlife and Rivers Trusts.

You will help analyse and manage our spatial ecological data. You will also assist in responding to ecological queries from the wider business.

Knowledge and Skills Required


  • Ability to plan and undertake habitat mapping at a variety of spatial scales.
  • Good ability to undertake surveys to nationally recognised standards (e.g NVC, UK Hab) and working knowledge of key indicator species and priority habitat types
  • Experience in conservation management in a variety of priority habitats
  • Strong ability in planning and phasing surveys, commissioning surveys and other monitoring, data analysis and interpretation
  • The ability to organise and deliver landscape scale conservation outcomes
  • An enthusiasm for working in partnership with the NGO sector and other statutory bodies
  • UK Driving licence


  • Experience in undertaking BNG condition assessments
  • GIS Competence
  • Experience working in SSSI sites
  • Experience in agri-environment surveys/advice
  • CIEEM membership and/or a degree or postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline
  • Protected species licensing

If you feel this opportunity is suitable and you match the skills required, then please apply online here 

Advert End Date: Sunday 14 June 2020

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