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Image: CJS Focus on Careers in Ecology & Biodiversity - now published

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

Farm Adviser - Catchment Sensitive Farming - Natural England

Logo: Natural England


Various locations

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.

Project Ecologist - Appletons

Logo: Appletons

Contract: Permanent

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.

Ecologist - Naturally Wild Consultants Ltd

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.

Principal Ecologist - EcoNorth Ltd

Logo: EcoNorth Ltd

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.

Policy Officer (protected landscapes, access, recreation and woodlands) - Friends of the Lake District

Logo: Friends of the Lake District

Part-time (28 hours per week) and based at our Kendal Office at Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road. Flexible working with remote based options available.

Starting Salary: £30,908 per annum pro rata (£38,636 FTE)

Do you love the Lake District? Do you want to help protect it for future generations and wildlife? Do you enjoy working with others to overcome challenges and have experience relating to landscape, access/recreation and woodlands? Friends of the Lake District are passionate about protecting and enhancing Cumbria's special and precious landscapes.

Fundraising Manager - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Logo: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Salary: £35,000

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.)

Are you a hard-working fundraising manager looking for a new challenge? Do you enjoy collaborative cross-team working? Do you want to help us tackle the ecological emergency in Yorkshire? Due to expansion of the fundraising team and a need to grow unrestricted income, we are looking for a positive and personable fundraising manager with an ability to connect with donors, corporate partners, grant funders and colleagues.

Wild Oysters Project Officer & Assistant - Groundwork NE & Cumbria

Logo: Groundwork NE & Cumbria

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.

Assistant Project Officer - Ribble Rivers Trust

Logo: Ribble Rivers Trust

18 month contract

Health and Environmental Action Lancashire - (HEAL) will deliver environmental improvements across Lancashire. Additionally, there will be a range of active volunteering events that promote and support improved health and wellbeing. Now, as part of this project, Ribble Rivers Trust have a new job vacancy for a full time Assistant Project Officer. This persons role will be to support the delivery of woodlands and capital works through the HEAL project.

Principal Ecologist - NLG Ecology

NLG Ecology Ltd

NLG Ecology is an established and dynamic ecological consultancy providing expertise to our clients in the Utilities, Rail and Highways Sectors. We are currently seeking a self-motivated and experienced Principal Ecologist to join our friendly and experienced team to assist in continuing to develop the business, mentor and support our team of dedicated and skilled Ecologists.

Responsibilities will include, project management, development of colleagues, report writing and review, supporting clients to find pragmatic solutions to minimise the ecological impacts of their schemes. As a growing business you would also be involved in costing and tendering for work and finding new ways for the business to diversify and thrive.

Self Employed Visitor Surveyors - Fooprint Ecology Limited

Logo: Footprint Ecology

Footprint Ecology need to top up their pool of self-employed sub-contractors to undertake visitor surveys in the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales. The work involves interviewing visitors to countryside sites.

We offer great day rates, and interesting work in beautiful countryside locations such as country parks, heaths, coastal sites or nature reserves. We can’t guarantee a particular amount of work but we currently have work coming up on the north west coast and along the Severn corridor, with more coming through every week.

Ranger - National Trust

Logo: National Trust

£19928 pa
Full time (37.5 hpw)

Working in some of the nation’s most stunning places and spaces, come rain or shine, your love of the outdoors will inspire others as you strive to ensure that landscapes are beautifully presented and continue to take our visitors’ breath away.

With your endless passion for our work, you’ll help with the protection and care of habitats, wildlife, property and machinery, and your passion will inspire other to love this beautiful place as much as you do.

Ranger - National Trust

Logo: National Trust

£19928 pa


Full time (37.5 hpw)


You’ll make sure that, at every twist and turn of these fantastic landscapes, we’re delivering outstanding outdoors experiences and excellent conservation work. You’ll share our common goal with customers and build relationships in the local community, proudly representing the National Trust. So whether you’re maintaining our green spaces to assisting with guided visitor walks, through to delivering a wide range of engaging visitor experiences, no two days will be the same.

Assistant Ranger - National Trust

Logo: National Trust

£8.91 per hour

Fixed Term to 30/04/22

Full time (37.5 hpw)


As an Assistant Ranger you will be working alongside the other Rangers at Fell Foot and Sandscale Haws, as well as across our other sites in South East Cumbria & Morecambe Bay. Day to day you will support the Area Ranger for Sandscale Haws & Fell Foot with all aspects of the winter work programme across the two sites, working closely with our dedicated team of volunteers. Practical conservation work will form the core of this role, with a large amount of your time spent on tasks such as maintaining site infrastructure, scrub clearance, coppicing and some monitoring.

Field Manager – North West & West Midlands and East & East Midlands - Forestry Commission

Logo: Forestry Commission

East and East Midlands - based at Santon Downham, Suffolk. The successful candidate will have a blended working approach between home and the office, living within Norfolk or Suffolk to facilitate field team support. Formal homeworking may be considered for candidates living more than one hour away from the office.
North West and West Midlands - based at Penrith. The successful candidate will have a blended working approach between home and the office, living within Cumbria or Lancashire to facilitate field team support.
The Field Manager role, as part of Forest Services, is responsible for leading a team of Woodland Officers based in their area and for ensuring the effective coordination of our incentives and regulatory activities. Field Managers play a critical role in delivering a step change in our woodland creation levels, and in supporting the woodland management activity across the area.

Countryside and Estates Management Worker - McEwan Contractors

Job Type: Full-time - 7.30am to 4pm.

Salary: From £18-£21k depending on experience

McEwan Contractors is a small Northwich-based business specialising in woodland and countryside management. We are currently recruiting for a local multi-skilled person to work on a range of local authority, commercial and conservation contracts in the mid Cheshire area.

This job requires someone experienced in woodland or estates maintenance work, who can carry out tasks such as tree felling, installation of fencing and gates, strimming, hedge and tree planting.

Woodland Project - Development Manager x 2 - Pryor and Rickett Silviculture

Logo: Pryor and Rickett Silviculture

Pryor and Rickett Silviculture manage over 35,000 hectares of woodland throughout Great Britain. The properties managed are remarkably diverse, ranging from species rich ancient broadleaved woods to extensive conifer plantations, and from small farm woodlands to whole estates.

After a record year throughout the country, we seek 2 Woodland Project Developers in regions of: Cumbria; Staffordshire / Cheshire

2 year-fixed term, full time positions will be focused on creating links with existing woodland owners who are underutilising their woodlands.

Assistant Retail Manager - RSPB

Logo: RSPB

Location: Leighton Moss, Carnforth
Salary: £18,100.00 - £20,080.00 Pro Rata
Part-time role working 30 hours per week. The shop is open from 9.30 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week, so regular weekend and bank holiday working will be required.

RSPB's Leighton Moss retail store near Carnforth needs a new Assistant Retail Manager. We are looking for someone with a great personality and a strong retail and customer service background. The successful candidate will help lead and motivate our team of staff and volunteers to maximise retail income generation.

Operations Manager - Woodland Creation - Forestry England

Logo: Forestry England

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.