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Focus on Careers in Ecology & Biodiversity - our first career focussed edition in association with CIEEM
Articles on: the variety of jobs available in the ecology sector ranging from government, private consultancies to research and teaching roles with CIEEM; what exactly an ecologist does with the Ecology Academy; a Day in the Life of an ecologist from James at Arbtech & also from Laura at Total Ecology; setting up as a freelance ecologist – the good and the bad with Eco-Habitat; Ecology Training UK run through the skills you need to work in conservation and how to get them; the job of a Biodiversity Officer and the tasks undertaken by local authorities; early career ecologist Julia is on the career ladder – what’s it actually like and what tips has she got to help you; career progression in ecological sciences with British Ecological Society.
This edition also carries some ecology jobs. Read it here
At Natural England, we advise the UK Government on the natural environment. We’re here to make sure people and nature can thrive. From advising farmers on sustainable land management, to gathering and analysing environmental data, and promoting health and wellbeing through the great outdoors, we love what we do. Join us and you’ll be part of an inclusive, motivated and ambitious team, committed to achieving results for our environment, for everyone.
Location: North West/ North Manchester
Competitive salary: Negotiable on experience. Part time hours on a pro-rata basis.
Appletons are a long-established landscape architectural and environmental consultancy based in the north west of England. We are involved with challenging and complex projects at both pre planning and construction stages on behalf of our clients which includes provision of ecological services. We have a broad base of clients including private, public and environmental charities. Due to our continued growth we are looking for a talented Project Ecologist with a proven track record in ecology, nature, conservation, and biodiversity. The company is seeking to recruit a part or full-time project ecologist to deliver ecological services in relation to a range of large and small projects covering residential, commercial, industrial developments as well as work related to landscape and conservation management.
Due to continued demand and long-term success in the marketplace Naturally Wild Consultants Ltd seek additional Ecologists of all levels, for work in the North and South to service our clients mainly within the Infrastructure sector.
Salary up to £45k, depending on experience, plus participation in profit share and pension schemes
With a great and growing range of ongoing work and projects, EcoNorth is seeking to appoint a highly experienced individual to the role of Principal Ecologist. This will be a lead role within the organisation and comprises a great opportunity to shape the company and the projects we work on, lead complex elements of project delivery, promote staff development and contribute towards the organisation’s Quality, Health & Safety, and Environmental Management systems.
EcoNorth’s core team is based in Cramlington, Northumberland, just north of Newcastle upon Tyne, and service client requirements primarily throughout Northern England and Scotland. However, we would also welcome applications from candidates based in Scotland, North West England or Humberside who would consider working remotely for part of the time.
Fixed term contract
Salary £28,000 pro rata, 3 days/week, based in the Northern Heartlands office in Barnard Castle and Widdybank Farm, Upper Teesdale (Headquarters of Natural England’s Moor House Nature Reserve).
Northern Heartlands in partnership with Teesdale Special Flora Trust is seeking an enthusiastic Volunteer & Engagement Officer as part of Teesdale Special Flora’s “Plants on The Edge” programme funded by the Green Recovery Challenge through the National Lottery Heritage Fund
Location: Sunderland, Blythe and Homeworking with regular travel
The Wild Oysters Project is a national oyster restoration initiative, developed by the Zoological Society of London, Blue Marine Foundation and British Marine, funded by the Postcode Dream Trust and delivered locally in Tyne & Wear by Groundwork North East & Cumbria.
Hours: 37 hours per week - Monday to Friday with some weekend and evenings
Base: Driffield but you will be travelling around the whole of the East Riding of Yorkshire
We seek an Assistant Countryside Access Officer, to work within the Driffield areas, as part of a small team of Local Nature Reserve Officers in the Countryside Access Team. Supported by the Local Nature Reserve Officers, you will be responsible for managing a range of Local Nature Reserves and an array of habitats, coastal sites, woodland and parkland landscapes, alongside smaller picnic sites.
Contract type: Permanent / Working hours: Full time
Location: Yorkshire, (The post can be located at Potteric Carr, Doncaster, or Appleton Mill Farm, near Pickering. Regular travel to other sites will be needed.)
The Conservation Grazing Assistant is responsible for the welfare and coordination of the Trust’s livestock within the south and west grazing reserves. This will ensure that stock are available for grazing on a wide range of habitats throughout Yorkshire. They will be closely supported by Trust nature reserves teams to ensure day to day livestock care and management are in place.
Salary: Circa £23,000 per annum
Hours: 37 hours per week
Contract: Fixed Term for 15 months (potential for extension)
Locations: 1x The North: Wansbeck (Ashington/Choppington area) and Blyth Harbour, 1x Central: Newcastle Quayside/Gateshead/South Tyneside and Sunderland/Wear area, 1x The South: Tees Hartlepool/Stockton/Middlesbrough/Redcar & Cleveland and Esk/Whitby areas
The Senior Ranger will be responsible for managing a team of five trainee operatives implementing a range of nature based solutions on the estuaries and general environmental improvements along the North East estuaries. You will be managing and delivering practical tasks such as, tree planting, wetland creation, wildflower sowing/planting, fencing, boardwalk construction, green space furniture installation and interpretation installation.
The Community Education Officer will play an integral role in the successful delivery of the Beelines North East project, and will lead on engaging with 3,530 people across the 18 months of the project. Equally passionate about nature recovery and sharing its importance with people and communities, the postholder will develop creative and varied opportunities for engagement across the project area, to share the importance of pollinators, and deepen the impact and reach of the project long term.
Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, the role will help manage and improve the beautiful parks across the Urban Green Newcastle (UGN) estate. Empowering and leading teams of volunteers, actively engaging the local community and working closely with associated groups and community partners, the Community Gardener will deliver a step-change in the horticultural care and presentation of a portfolio of UGN parks. Seeking new and creative ways of managing parks to enhance both beauty and biodiversity, the Community Gardener will help every visitor to feel welcome and have an inspiring experience.
Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, the role involves helping to manage and improve the beautiful parks across the Urban Green Newcastle estate. In addition to practical conservation work, the Ranger plays an essential role in making everyone feel valued and welcome, engaging with the public, volunteers and stakeholders on a daily basis. Being the ‘eyes and the ears’ on the ground, the Ranger helps to protect and monitor our amazing wildlife and heritage, and provides valuable input into policy, plans and project development. While the role will principally be focused on the parks, from time to time some input into the allotments may be necessary.
£11,513 - £11,978 for 22.5 hours per week
Working closely with the Programme Manager you will be responsible for undertaking administrative and financial tasks, including submitting quarterly grant claims, using the ‘Better Impact’ software to provide information to our volunteers, collating press releases and newsletters and supporting the Ryevitalise Steering Group and Partnership Board; ensuring deadlines are met whilst maintaining quality.
£20,903 to £23,541 for 37 hours per week; Fixed Term Contract to 30 June 2023 (with extension likely)
We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Conservation Field Officer to join our Ryevitalise project team to undertake practical conservation and monitoring work to conserve the habitats, wildlife and landscapes of the River Rye catchment.
Full time (37.5 hpw)
As a Mason, you’ll assist with the day to day maintenance service at our in-hand properties. You’ll undertake traditional stone masonry work including rebuilding, consolidation and repointing works to a wide range of historic buildings and structures across the North region.
Other works may include roofing, traditional plastering and limewashing, assisting with the safe delivery, storing, checking and sorting of all materials at the base or on site.
Location: Longshaw Estate, Longshaw, Sheffield S11 7TZ
We're offering a salary in the range of £28,000 to 29,500 for this role.
Rangers play a hugely significant role at the National Trust, thinking long term to look after our special places and making a real difference for nature, climate and people. Leading the delivery of the National Trust’s Land Outdoors and Nature strategy at landscape scale; we are looking to recruit an inspirational Lead Ranger to join the Longshaw team.
The Operations Manager – Woodland Creation is a new position within Forestry England’s National Woodland Creation Team. You will provide national leadership on forest management for new woodland creation across England. You will use your professional knowledge and experience to provide management oversight and technical guidance to staff on operational delivery across a portfolio of woodland creation schemes across England. You will be responsible for ensuring that all woodland creation schemes meet the requirements of UKFS and UKWAS and comply with EIA and planning requirements. We need you to build productive relationships with a range of stakeholders and influence and negotiate challenging and competing demands.
Hours: 32 hours per week
Salary: £27,318.00 pro rata (32 hours = £21,854.00) 3% annual increase + pension contribution in line with Rivers Trust rate (currently 9%).
Contract: Fixed term, 3 years
Location: The Don Catchment. Hybrid working arrangement: office available in Doncaster, home working an option, site visits required.
Don Catchment Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency are co-hosts of the Don & Rother Catchment Partnership. We call our partnership the ‘Don, Dearne & Rother Network’.
The Don, Dearne & Rother Network brings together groups and organisations that work on improving the rivers of our catchment. We work towards the ‘Catchment Based Approach’ and our vision is for ‘Healthy, Resilient Rivers for Nature and People’.
£25,000 pa (plus pension, expenses)
37 hours per week (with occasional weekends and evenings)
Fixed-term contract until August 31st 2023
We are seeking an innovative and enthusiastic Citizen Science Project Officer to help shape the future of the River Aire. You will work with volunteers to undertake Citizen Science and identify and develop riparian improvement projects. You will do this by developing their skill sets and empowering citizen scientists for our Riverfly Monitoring Programme, Water Quality Testing, Litter Monitoring and Invasive Species Mapping. You will also undertake river walkovers mapping out opportunities for future projects and helping to write bids for funding.