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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

Farm Adviser - Catchment Sensitive Farming - Natural England

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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.

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.

Sales Person - Glendale Services

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Flexible - Watford - Hertfordshire

40 hours/week (Mon-Fri)

Due to continued growth we are looking for an enthusiastic and reliable Sales Person with a landscaping background at our location in Radlett in Hertfordshire. Glendale’s Civic Trees operates on a national basis from its base in Radlett, Hertfordshire.

Landscape Gardener - Glendale Services

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Flexible - Watford - Hertfordshire

40 hours/week (Mon-Fri)

Due to continued growth we are looking for an enthusiastic and reliable Landscape Gardener to join our team based at Radlett in Hertfordshire. Glendale’s Civic Trees operates on a national basis with it’s main teams based at Radlett, Hertfordshire.

We are looking for a dynamic person to join and enhance our team at Civic Trees. You will be working as part of our landscape teams throughout the UK delivering a high end service both on commercial and private sites.

Conservation Contractor - Wildscapes Countryside Contractors

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Wildscapes Countryside Contractors are looking for hand cutting site operatives to help with scrub clearance contracts throughout the scrub cutting season (chainsaw operatives and draggers). We rely on hand cutting to make minimal site disturbance and need hard working, reliable individuals who would like to work on some of the best heathlands based around the Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire area.

Senior and Principal Ecologists - The Environmental Dimension Partnership

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We are seeking personable, innovative and proactive ecologists at Senior and Principal grades, to join our EDP Ecology Team! You will be based out of our Cirencester, Cheltenham or Cardiff offices, and benefit from working with a multidisciplinary consultancy team whilst providing technical project management across a range of project sizes, types and complexities.

Reserves & Livestock Officer (Northants) - The Wildlife Trust BCN

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Full Time: 37.5hrs per week


Location: Northampton

Salary: £20,512 per annum

The Wildlife Trust BCN is looking for an enthusiastic Reserves & Livestock Officer to coordinate and take forward grazing on our nature reserves in Northamptonshire. The Reserves and Livestock Officer will work with the Senior Livestock Officer in coordinating the care and welfare of the Wildlife Trust’s livestock in Northamptonshire, assisting with the management of the Trust’s flying flock of rare breed sheep and cattle to a high welfare standard.

Forestry Hand Cutter and Climber Tree Surgeon - Chris Arnold Tree Surgery

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Climber Tree Surgeon

Full time, Permanent

Salary from £28,000 depending on experience

A main climber required with one or more years’ experience to join our established and thriving company within the Cheltenham area.

Forestry Hand Cutter

Full time Permanent

Salary: Starting From £25,000.00 per year

Forestry Hand cutter required to join our growing forestry team

Estate Worker - Private Estate

Term: Full time 40 hours

Salary £18,500 - £20,000 depending on experience.

Location: Privately owned Estate in the New Forest, Hampshire.

We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic person to join our Estate team, who has a strong interest in conservation and understanding of countryside management, to help deliver a varied programme of works across the whole Estate.

Assistant Forest Manager - Royal Forestry Society

Salary: £20,000 - £22,000

Contract: 2 year initial contract

Location: RG17 9UD

The role is designed to help a recent university graduate secure their first paid forestry employment and provide the successful applicant an excellent first step to a successful forestry career. Thanks to the support of the Patsy Wood Trust, the Future Trees Trust and the RFS, in partnership with Forestry Consultant William Hamer we are proud to offer this outstanding opportunity.

Principal and Senior Ecologists - Surrey Wildlife Trust

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Competitive Salary and Benefits Package

SWT Ecology Services is an advocate for protecting key environmental assets whilst at the same time being a facilitator of development that improves the quality of life for local communities. As part of a team of expert principal and senior ecologists, you will work on a diverse portfolio of projects, including large infrastructure projects, housing developments, and private homes. You will be responsible for delivering projects, throughout the entire project life-cycle; liaising with clients, stakeholders and subject matter experts.

Senior Site Manager - RSPB

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Location: Dungeness and Lydden Valley

Contract: Full Time, Permanent

Based at RSPB Dungeness and Lydden Valley, the role offers an exciting opportunity to experience the full range of conservation work on the RSPB’s oldest reserve, and at its most recent. Dungeness, an RSPB reserve since 1931, is home to an internationally important range of animals and plants - from bitterns to bumblebees to Nottingham catchfly, Dungeness is one of the most biodiverse sites in the UK, while Lydden Valley, a newly acquired reserve that has been restored in the last two years thanks to a £1.2m Wetland Improvement grant, provides a rich mosaic of wetland habitats with an established population of beavers.

Garden & Outdoors Manager - National Trust

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Location: Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, Morden, London, SM4 5JD

We have an exciting opportunity for a Garden and Outdoors manager to lead our team looking after 125 acres of in hand woodland, wetland and parkland at Morden Hall Park including a historic rose garden, watermeads & meadows. This role offers the option of accommodation if desired.

This role offers option to be a key representative with accommodation provided, meaning you would live full time at this beautiful portfolio.

Bat Programme Manager - Vincent Wildlife Trust

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Vincent Wildlife Trust (VWT) is looking for a Bat Programme Manager to drive forward its bat conservation programme, build on existing success and create new projects and areas of work to deliver the Trust’s Ten-Year Strategy.

VWT is a specialist mammal research and conservation charity, working on threatened mammals in Britain, Ireland and increasingly mainland Europe. Our work to date has focused on mustelids (the weasel family), including pine marten and polecat, and the rarer bats.

Junior Gardener - Private Employer

Junior gardener required for small historic estate in Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders. Varied full time position working with head gardener. Must be keen and enthusiastic individual who is looking to further their career whilst working. Must have completed some formal training either through a course or previous job experience.

Tree Officer - Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

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We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual who is passionate about the natural environment to help deliver a forward thinking arboricultural service. This high-profile role will be responsible for delivering the council’s statutory duties for the protection of trees. You will be managing the Tree Preservation Order (TPO) and Conservation Area (CA) systems, including compliance and enforcement where breaches occur. You will also be influencing development of the borough by guiding the council on decisions for planning applications.

Farm Conservation Adviser / Assistant Farm Conservation Adviser - Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) South East

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Salary: Advisor £27,000 to £31,000 / Assistant Advisor £20,000 to £26,500

We are seeking applicants for Farm Conservation Advisor / Assistant Farm Conservation Adviser position, based in Kent / East Sussex, with some travel across the South-East region.

FWAG South East provides environmental advice to farmers and landowners on a wide range of agricultural and conservation issues.

Visitor Experience Manager - RSPB

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Permanent, full time role.
Location: Rye Meads, SG12
Our visitor centre and infrastructure support our engagement work to gain visitors vital support which is much needed to continue and grow the conservation work of the RSPB. This post will allow you to make a big impact on nature conservation. This is a great opportunity to lead the development, integration and delivery of visitor experience at Rye Meads reserve with the aim of creating a high-quality visitor offer that maximises support for nature and connects people with wildlife.

Ecological Consultant - Essex County Council

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Permanent, Full Time

Location: Countywide

Place Services is at the forefront of environmental consultancy in the public sector, and our people are integral to our success. The growth of our commercial practice means we are now looking for resourceful, confident and professional ecologists to join our growing multidisciplinary team.

Assistant Ecological Consultant - Essex County Council

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Permanent, Full Time

Location: Countywide

Place Services is at the forefront of environmental consultancy in the public sector, and our people are integral to our success. The growth of our commercial practice means we are now looking for resourceful, confident and professional ecologists to join our growing multidisciplinary team.

We aspire to enhance places through a collaborative approach, with unrivalled expertise in assessment, design, planning and management. For the right individuals, we offer a competitive salary, a generous benefit and training package, and a truly varied workload.

Thames Path Manager - Oxfordshire County Council

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Work location: Speedwell House, Oxford. But on an agile basis as demand requires.

Hours per week: 37

Contract type: Permanent

The Thames Path is one of only 16 National Trails across England and Wales. Following the Thames from its source in Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier, the English Coast Path and beyond to sea, it currently extends some 184 miles across southern England. It is an iconic and unique Trail passing through a beautiful and ever-changing landscape and several towns including Oxford, Henley, Reading and London.

Trainer Assessor in Countryside and Water Environment - Bridgwater & Taunton College

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South East Region (Home Based)

This post will plan, co-ordinate, train and assess for countryside worker, water environment and related occupations, including contract delivery for the National Trust and the Environment Agency. Your knowledge and experience in the full range of countryside management, including water management, will be shared with apprentices and colleagues and the quality and delivery of the new programmes carefully updated and monitored with the support of the Team Leader Countryside and Water Environment and Curriculum Manager.

Environmental Education Officer (Windsor Great Park) - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust


Salary: £24,700 - £26,000 starting salary, dependent on experience

Contract: Fixed Term, five years (December 2021 – December 2026)

Based: Windsor Great Park, Windsor; and Woolley Firs, Maidenhead

BBOWT and The Crown Estate have partnered to provide a centre for environmental education within Windsor Great Park. Based for most of the year within the heart of this beautiful and historic Park, this role entails working with children from pre-school age up to 16 years and their families to deliver inspiring activities that promote pro-conservation behaviours. 

Senior Tree Officer - Hart District Council

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Salary: Grade I (£37,516 - £40,471)
Hours per week: 37
Location: Fleet in Hart District (NE Hampshire)
Type: Permanent

An exciting opportunity has arisen in Countryside Services for a Senior Tree Officer. The District enjoys a high population of trees, but with a changing climate they need our help more than ever. The successful applicant will assist the Council in adapting to the impacts of climate change and meet its corporate objectives and statutory obligations in relation to trees, including advice to planning service (Place) and other Council departments as required.

Visitor Centre Officer - Colchester Borough Council

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Salary: £20,853 to £24,527

Contract Type - Fixed Term for 12 months (Maternity Cover)

Working Hours - 37 hours per week

As Visitor Centre Officer, providing Maternity Cover, you will oversee the operation of the visitor centre services at the award-winning High Woods Country Park and contribute to the development and leading of the education and event programme, so it is essential that you are innovative and creative enabling you to develop and expand future educational and event opportunities.

Project Assistant - Kickstart Scheme - Groundwork East

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Salary: National Living Wage

Location: Hatfield, Hertfordshire

Hours: 25 hrs a week

Contract: 6 months

Join a team which is changing places and changing lives

Groundwork is the community charity with a green heart. We believe that big global issues – the economy, the environment – have a big local impact. Groundwork operates throughout the UK helping communities find practical solutions to the challenges they face.

Evenlode Catchment Partnership: Education Officer - Cotswolds National Landscape

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Full-time (37 hours per week)

Salary - GBP 28,574 - 30,462 per annum. Fixed term contract to 31st March 2024.

There has never been a Catchment-wide education programme for the River Evenlode. The ECP aims to meet this urgent need by increasing the connection, educational experience and active involvement of young people and their wider communities with the River Evenlode.

Evenlode Catchment Partnership: Community Outreach Officer - Cotswolds National Landscape

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Part-time, 0.6FTE (22.2 hours per week)

Salary - GBP 23,050 - 25,608 per annum pro-rata. Fixed term contract to 31st March 2025.

There has never been a Catchment-wide education and community outreach programme for the River Evenlode. The ECP aims to meet this urgent need by increasing the connection, educational experience and active involvement of young people and their wider communities with the River Evenlode.

Heritage Trainee, Rye Harbour - Sussex Wildlife Trust

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Contract: Fixed Term for 12 months

Hours: 35.00 per week

Salary: £8.91 per hour

Sussex Wildlife Trust is pleased to be able to offer a 12-month traineeship funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This is the first of three trainee posts available during the Discover Rye Harbour three year project, The trainee will gain a vast array of valuable experience and skills in both the conservation and environmental education field, at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Discovery Centre.

Seasonal Work: Tree Seed Collector and Processor - Forestart Ltd

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The pay is £9.20 per hour for a 8.30am to 5pm day but there is usually plenty of overtime on offer. We can offer basic accommodation on-site.

If you enjoy working outside in the natural environment this is the job for you. The main work is collecting tree and shrub seed; the seed you collect will enable thousands of trees to be grown.

You will be collecting berries, cones or pods which are then brought back to our unit in Hadnall. This involves collecting by hand outside in all weathers. Seed is collected from the ground or by climbing ladders. Some travel away may be required.

Landscape Recovery Lead - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust


Salary: £35,000 - £40,000 per annum

Contract: Permanent, 35 hours per week

Based: The Lodge, Littlemore, Oxford (flexibility available)

We are looking for a passionate and self-motivated person with exceptional project management skills to join our Conservation Strategy Directorate and lead BBOWT’s landscape recovery work. The Landscape Recovery Lead will play a pivotal role in supporting BBOWT’s new strategic goal to ‘Put Nature into Recovery’, through designing and delivering new projects and partnerships at landscape-scale across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Assistant Project Officer (Great North Wood) - London Wildlife Trust

Logo: London Wildlife Trust

Closing Date: 3rd October 2021

Interview Dates: Week commencing 11th October
The Great North Wood (GNW) Living Landscape project has been working over the last four years to reconnect and enhance remnant sites of heritage woodland for both wildlife and people across the Forest Hill, Sydenham and Norwood ridge in south London. So far the project has successfully delivered a programme of practical conservation volunteering sessions, community engagement events, and woodland monitoring and surveying to celebrate and enhance thirteen key woodland sites, and adjoining greenspaces, across this part of south London. Recently the Trust has been successful with an application to the Green Recovery Challenge Fund (GRCF) to expand upon the excellent work that has been started by delivering a programme of capital works, volunteering and community engagement activities across twenty-one sites within the Great North Wood area.

Countryside Project Officer - Hampshire County Council

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Salary Range: £26,544 - £29,583 pro-rata, per annum (actual salary £15,926 - £17,749 per annum)

Work Location: River Hamble Country Park, Bursledon

Hours per week: 22.2 / Contract Type: Temporary (12 Months - Maternity Cover)

Hampshire County Council is recruiting a Project Officer within the Countryside Service to cover maternity leave. Joining the Countryside Project Team you will develop, coordinate and deliver a programme of works - mainly on Hampshire’s Public Rights of Way network and our open spaces. You will be expected to continue to build on our partnership with New Forest District Council by delivering projects on their behalf as part of their Mitigation Strategy.

Ranger - National Trust

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Location: Newark Park,Wotton-under-Edge GL12 7PZ

Contract Type: Permanent

Salary: £20721 pa

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. We want you to engage with visitors, making time to talk to them, not rushing away to the next task. As an easily identifiable member of the Ranger team, on your best day you will be creating lasting memories for everyone.

Horticulturist (Level I) – Estates/Grounds - Royal Horticultural Society

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£20,842 - £22,146 per annum dependant on experience

RHS Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, Essex

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Horticulturist Level 1/Estate Grounds Person to join the team at RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex. We are a garden of 365 acres that ranges from intensive horticulture to establishing woodland and with over 360,000 visitors per year; the outer estate plays a lead role in attracting a wider audience. With the addition of new visitor facilities, the garden and estate continues to undergo extensive ecological improvements, helping us to deliver our commitment to Biodiversity.

Climate and Environment Assistant - Countryside Education Trust

The contract term is 18 months. Hours are 22.5 per week, with pay in a range from £9.00 per hour.

A great opportunity for someone interested in making a career in environmental education this is a broad role within our education team with a specific emphasis on climate change. This new role will encompass a range of tasks including working within a research project into regenerative farming, learning to deliver education sessions, social media development and support to the DCEO.

Leysdown Trust Trainees x 2 - Sussex Wildlife Trust

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Contract – Fixed Term for 18 months

Hours – 35.00 per week

Salary - £13,173.16 per annum minimum wage plus accommodation offset

We are pleased to continue the very successful trainee scheme funded by The Vera Dalley Lederman Scholarship and Environmental Training Programme. The Trust is working in partnership with the Leysdown Conservation Trust to provide an opportunity for 2 individuals to gain a vast array of valuable experience and skills in the conservation/environmental field.

Ranger - Essex County Council

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£19,631 - £23,096

At Essex County Council, Culture and Green Spaces will deliver exceptional customer experiences, demonstrating the benefit of Essex’s strategic location, with the objective of developing a financially sustainable operation.

The Ranger is responsible for effectively managing the green spaces, enhancing conservation across the landscape and horticultural value in line with the requirement, to achieve a high quality of land management.

Ecology Ranger (Environmental Awareness & Community) - The Box Moor Trust

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£18,000 - £20,000 depending on experience - initial 2-year contract

This position in our small estate team will assist with the management of a 500-acre estate. This includes an interesting variety of habitats such as unimproved chalk grassland, grazing moors, old water cress beds, chalk streams, flood meadows, woodlands and a highly diverse old brickworks site.

Country Park Officer - Bedford Borough Council

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£22,183 - £24,491 per annum

Full time, 37 hours per week


Bedford Borough Council is recruiting a Country Parks Officer within our Parks and Open Spaces Team. In this role you will develop, coordinate and support a programme of works within our Country Parks and associated countryside sites. The role involves working outdoors in all weather and requires excellent customer services skills, you'll demonstrate knowledge and expertise in Countryside Management.