CJS Online: Ecology

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Ecology vacancies: roles covering ecology, biodiversity, mitigation, consultancy roles e.g. Ecological Clerk of Works and advice provision also fieldwork such as bat surveys and EIA.


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Site Operative - Helmrig Ltd

Full-time, permanent (following initial probation period)

As part of company progression Helmrig Ltd is looking to recruit a site operative to join them on a full-time permanent basis as part of Knotweed Eradication. Based from home and the depot in Leyland, Lancashire, applicants will be required to complete a variety of invasive plant contracts for both commercial and domestic customers nationwide.

Ecologist - Applied Ecological Services Ltd

Applied Ecological Services Ltd has been operating since 1996. Our office is based in County Durham, but we work throughout the UK. The successful candidate will primarily work from home with a regular contact and support network. We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed confident team player who is experienced in undertaking extended Phase 1 habitat surveys / preliminary ecological appraisal, for which a good all round knowledge and good botanical skills are required.

Summer Bat Surveyors - ECOSA

Looking to gain work experience in ecology for your CV? Or are you an experienced or licensed bat surveyor?
Are you available to undertake bat surveys during evenings / early mornings during the summer? If so, ECOSA would like to hear from you!
Each year, ECOSA relies on a pool of skilled bat surveyors to help deliver our busy survey schedule.
You will be based in Hampshire or the adjoining counties and ideally be able to travel to our head office near Southampton to meet up with other surveyors for onward travel to site.

Development Planning Advisor - Natural Resources Wales

Full time, fixed term appointment (100weeks), £25,828 rising to £29,352 over four years
Looking for an opportunity to develop a career in land use planning and environmental assessment? In this role you will use your skills to provide influential advice on a range of environmental matters in response to planning consultations from developers, Local Planning Authorities and the Planning Inspectorate.

2 x Development Planning Advisor - Natural Resources Wales

Full time, permanent role, £30,120 rising to £33,383 over three years (depending on performance)
Location: 1 x Bangor; 1 x South Wales (St Mellons, Cardiff / Llandarcy)
Do you want to make a long-term difference to the people and places of Wales? Are you passionate about protecting the environment and committed to supporting the delivery of sustainable development?

Senior Advisor Development Planning - Natural Resources Wales

Full time, fixed term appointment (12 months maternity), £34,427
Location: Llandarcy, St Mellons, Bangor or Aberystwyth
This role provides lead technical environmental planning advice within one of our four local development planning advisory teams and makes an important contribution to the work of our national group of experienced senior advisors; providing a consistent service across Wales. In the role you will oversee advice to strategic forward plans, coach and mentor colleagues, contribute to the development of internal guidance and be responsible for managing the most significant complex and high-profile planning consultations.

Senior Advisor Development Planning - Natural Resources Wales

Location: Aberystwyth or St Mellons
Full time, permanent role, £34,427 rising to £37,656 over three years (depending on performance)
Have you substantial professional planning or environmental assessment experience and want the opportunity to influence sustainable place making and the sustainable management of natural resources in Wales? This role provides lead technical environmental planning advice within one of our four local development planning advisory teams and makes an important contribution to the work of our national group of experienced senior advisors; providing a consistent service across Wales.

Seasonal Vacancies - Total Ecology Ltd

Total Ecology Ltd is a growing ecological consultancy working all over the UK but based in Northumberland.

We currently have several positions available for the 2020 survey season.

Assistant / Graduate Ecologists wanted for 6 months over the busy summer survey season. Salary: £18,000 pro-rata.

Bat Surveyors wanted. We are looking for seasonal bat surveyors of all levels, both licenced and un-licenced. Full time and part time contracts are available. Salary: £30,000- £50,000.

Casual Survey Staff wanted. We are always looking for casual survey staff to help out on an ad-hoc basis.

Consultant/Senior Ecologist/Ecologist/Graduate Ecologists - E3 Ecology Ltd

E3 Ecology is a well-established specialist ecological consultancy with an excellent local reputation for providing professional, high quality work in an efficient and competitive manner as well as developing innovative schemes for habitat creation and biodiversity enhancement.
Management level Consultant. Location: Yorkshire, Northumberland or Scottish Borders. Package £40-£75k.
Senior Ecologist or Ecologist. Location: Northumberland. Package £30-40k.
Graduate Ecologist. Location: Northumberland. Package £17-20k.

Ecologists - Crestwood Environmental Ltd

We are currently seeking Ecologists to join our friendly busy team at our West Midlands (Wolverhampton) base.
These are permanent full-time or part-time positions. The individuals will help expand and work with our Ecology team and work on a wide-range of EIA and non-EIA developments throughout the UK, working alongside a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, with short and long-term scope and support to develop your career in a number of directions, including multi-disciplinary knowledge.

Senior Ecologist - Crestwood Environmental Ltd

We are currently seeking a Senior Ecologist for an exciting new role based in our newly-opened office in Shipley, Yorkshire. We are seeking a driven individual to take on and help build our portfolio of Ecology. This is a permanent full-time or part-time position. The individual will help expand and work with our Ecology team and work on a wide-range of EIA and non-EIA developments throughout the UK, working alongside a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, with short and long-term scope and support to develop your career in a number of directions, including multi-disciplinary knowledge.

Biologist - The River Dee Trust

The post will attract a salary of £25-30,000, commensurate with experience and with annual review thereafter.
Biologist with the River Dee Trust (RDT), based on Deeside (Aberdeenshire), who will be responsible for the research and monitoring programmes carried out by the Trust. The post is a challenging and significant one as it will guide the fisheries management of one of Scotland’s major rivers. This will include monitoring fish populations, analysing data to inform restoration programmes and communicating the information to stakeholders.

MaB Conservation Trainee - Bumblebee Conservation Trust

6 month fixed-term position, 21 hours a week, salary £8.72 per hour (National Living Wage)

Bumblebee Conservation Trust is looking for a part-time Conservation Trainee to support conservation work with its Kent project, Making a Buzz for the Coast.

The successful candidate will assist with practical conservation, surveys and landowner engagement in the Making a Buzz for the Coast project area. The Trainee will be able to take part in a range of training and development courses and activities that can be tailored to the Trainee’s particular interests.

Seasonal Ecologist - Surrey Wildlife Trust

The Seasonal Ecologist role is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to kick-start their ecological consultancy career. The role is varied and will take you throughout Surrey, and beyond, working on a diverse portfolio of projects, including large infrastructure projects, Local Planning Authorities and private home-owners. You will be surveying for a range of species groups including bats, great crested newts, reptiles, hazel dormouse and supporting habitat surveys. The seasonal ecologist position will ideally start in April 2020. Positions will run until December 2020.

Bat Ecologist or Senior Ecologist - Surrey Wildlife Trust

This role is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to progress and expand their career. The role is varied and will take you throughout Surrey, and beyond, working on a diverse portfolio of projects, including large infrastructure projects, Local Planning Authorities and private home-owners. Although we are looking for someone with excellent bat skills, you will also develop your other ecological skills. You will be expected to manage projects, lead teams on a range of surveys, prepare bat mitigation licences and supervise works. You will be expected to hold a Level 2 Class bat survey licence, or be working towards your licence. As a minimum you will hold a Level 1 bat class survey licence.

The position will start in March 2020. This is a full time permanent role, however part-time will also be considered.

Rural Estates Operative - Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)

Location: Salisbury, South West, SP4 0JQ

Salary: £16,267 - £17,195

This is a fantastic opportunity to join Dstl in the established Rural Estates team at Porton Down.

You will sit within the Operations Division and be a part of our Estates Delivery Team within FMS (Facilities Management Services). You will be accountable for the practical aspects of conservation and rural management across the Dstl Porton Down estate and specifically on the Site of Special Scientific Interest, (SSSI) Special Protection Area (SPA) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC) in line with legislation and Dstl Policy.

Wardens - RSPB

Location: Roles available in Aylesbeare Common or Exe Estuary
Salary starting at: £22,073 to £23,912 per annum
Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent
Can you help us deliver our mission to save nature? We are looking for two wardens to join our growing nature reserves team in Devon. In your role as Reserves Warden, you will coordinate and lead the delivery of a busy work programme across multiple sites. Your role will be varied - in any given week you could be supervising and developing volunteers, surveying wildlife and habitats, setting up contracts, working with visitors, carrying out estate maintenance or delivering hands on habitat management.

Senior Ecologist - Biodiverse Consulting Ltd

Salary: £26,000 - £34,000
Location: Ponteland, nr Newcastle
We offer flexible working patterns and will consider part-time and full-time applicants.
As our first Senior Ecologist this is an amazing opportunity to help shape the range of ecology services we offer as well as the business itself. Biodiverse Consulting is a young but rapidly growing Consultancy, based in the North East offering more than just ecology services to a broad range of clients. Our vision is to offer pragmatic expertise and knowledge both in terms of the ecological services it offers and the business development it supports. We deliver ecological and arboricultural survey, assessment and net gain services to a broad range of clients on a variety of development projects, as well as business development services to the environmental sector.

Area Warden (Canterbury and Weald) - Kent Wildlife Trust

Salary Range: £18,989 - £26,693 per annum
We are seeking an enthusiastic and driven individual to join our team. Duties will include planning and delivering practical habitat management activities, leading and managing conservation volunteers, engaging and supervising contractors, leading conservation grazing schemes whilst always ensuring the highest health and safety standards are maintained at all times.

Invertebrate and Botanical Field Surveyors - UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Four months from May - August 2020, full time

£25,150 pro rata

Working mainly away from CEH at field sites, based in temporary accommodation. The posts start with training at CEH Wallingford, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, OX10 8BB

Are you an experienced field ecologist? We have several vacancies within the Community and Restoration Ecology group to work with a team of scientists monitoring mobile species on farmland with varying uptake of agri-environment schemes.

Shetland Assistant Warden - RSPB

Location: Fetlar, Shetland

Salary starting at: £19,602 to £21,236 per annum - Applicants should expect under normal circumstances to receive an offer at the bottom of the advertised range.

Hours: Full time

Contract: Fixed Term for 20 months

Are you passionate about Phalaropes, whacky about waders and staggered by skuas?

Working in some of the most stunning scenery in the UK, surrounded by special landscapes and sensational wildlife, we are looking for an assistant warden to carry out our varied and exciting work programme here in Shetland.

From monitoring rare breeding red-necked phalaropes and surveying vast swathes of peatland to recording data and bringing reports to life, the role is varied and immersed in some awe-inspiring work.

Assistant Warden - RSPB

Would you like to assist with the management of one of our flagship reserves?
Location: Pulborough
Salary: £19,602 to £21,236 per annum
Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent
The RSPB team in Sussex are seeking a dynamic, resourceful and motivated Assistant Warden to join a reserves team managing over 500 hectares of nature reserves in Sussex, including Pulborough Brooks, one of the most visited RSPB reserves in the UK.

Wildlife Adviser - National Trust

Salary: £40,071
Location: Westley Bottom Consultancy Hub, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
This role is accountable for providing consultancy support and expertise in all aspects of wildlife and nature conservation. Working proactively, you will enable properties to deliver high standards of conservation, access and engagement and especially our Land Outdoors and Nature Programme. You will work with and lead, project teams involving a range of specialists, including projects which require working with other organisations and beyond our boundaries.

Seasonal Field Ornithologists/Ecologists (Scotland) - Stagfire Ecological Surveys Ltd

Stagfire Ecological Surveys Ltd is looking for experienced staff to help with a variety of projects in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland for the spring and summer breeding season. The positions are available from late March 2020 through to August 2020. There may be the possibility to extend this for suitable candidates.

Stagfire is the supplier of choice for many consultancies and organisations in the renewable and environmental sectors. We pride ourselves on our ability to meet project demands, small and large scale, in a timely and professional manner.

Old Chalk New Downs Conservation Trainee - Kent County Council

Starting salary £20,222 p/a (pro rata) - part time- 22.2 hours per week - Fixed Term 9 months

If you are looking to gain more experience in the conservation sector and increase your knowledge of the natural environment, Kent County Council is offering the opportunity to be part of an exciting Heritage Lottery funded project. This ambitious initiative not only looks to restore, expand and link up fragmented chalk downland habitats across 10,000ha of North Kent, it also aims to reconnect the local community with this iconic landscape and you could play an important part in delivering this whilst learning.

Ecologist / Senior Ecologist - Turnstone Ecology Ltd

Contract type: Full-time (poss part-time), permanent Organisation: Turnstone Ecology Ltd
Location: Banbury / Shrewsbury / Derby
Turnstone Ecology Ltd is an independent ecological consultancy with locations in Banbury, Derby and Shrewsbury. Turnstone Ecology work all over the UK as well as having a diverse portfolio of international projects. We are seeking suitably qualified and experienced full-time Ecologists / Senior Ecologists for our Banbury, Shrewsbury and/or Derby teams to be based working from home.

Seasonal Species Protection Officers x 2 (Osprey) - Scottish Wildife Trust

Fixed Term Contract

Loch of the Lowes

Working in rural Perthshire, the successful candidates will monitor all aspects of the returning breeding ospreys from their wintering grounds of West Africa. They will ensure protection of the nest and eggs on a predominantly nightshift working pattern. An exciting and new element of this post is to monitor any activity seen on our recently installed beaver CCTV system. Free accommodation on the site’s well equipped and comfortable, eco bothy is available.

Senior/Principal Ecologist - Bowland Ecology

Bowland Ecology is seeking to employ a Senior/Principal Ecologist in the North West of England. The company was established in 2004 and provides specialist ecological consultancy services across both the private and public sectors. We employ approximately 15 in house ecologists with a range of specialisms supported by long standing associates. Our projects portfolio is wide ranging in terms of both project type and location. Projects range from small planning applications through to national infrastructure projects, we also carry out research based commissions and public sector projects.

Wildlife and Farming Officer - ST Catchment Partnership - Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Salary in the range, £21,000 to £25,000 per annum plus pension.

Based in Shropshire

Can you help us make water better for wildlife?

Severn Trent Water and the West Midlands Wildlife Trusts are working with the EA and other partners on River catchments to tackle pollution in watercourses across catchment areas and to bring them into good ecological condition. An important part of this programme is to work with farmers and landowners to reduce diffuse agricultural pollution into rivers and streams and to tackle water quality in Severn Trent’s drinking water boreholes in the area.

Colne Valley Rivers and Wetlands Officer - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

£24,933 - £28,339 (SCP 24-28) plus 7% pension

37.5 hours per week

Fixed term contract until 31 December 2021 (with possible extension).

We are looking for someone to make the wetlands of the Colne Valley a better place for wildlife and to prevent water voles from becoming extinct. By working with partners through the Colne Valley, this post offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the conservation of the Colne Valley and the wildlife that is dependent upon its habitats. 
The post holder will be responsible for managing this project which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and forms part of the wider project,“The Colne Valley – A Landscape on the Edge.”

Assistant Warden (Seaton Wetlands) - East Devon District Council

£19,171 to £19,554 per annum

Seaton Wetlands, Seaton

Full-time (Friday to Tuesday), 1-year fixed term

Working exclusively on the award-winning Seaton Wetlands nature reserve complex, you will engage in a wide variety of wardening functions to monitor and maintain wildlife and habitats, ensuring Seaton Wetlands is an interesting and enjoyable place to visit. Working Friday to Tuesday inclusive, your days will consist of collecting and analysing wildlife population data, monitoring and maintaining site facilities including invasive predator controls, engaging visitors and the local community as well as assisting volunteers to take a practical role in protecting the environment, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Axe Estuary.

Assistant Ecologist - FPCR Environment & Design Ltd

Are you looking for an exciting start to your ecology career? FPCR are seeking new staff to join our enthusiastic team of over 80 ecologists. If you are interested in Newts, Bats, Badgers, Reptiles or virtually anything else you can think of, we have a specialist that can provide you with the skills to advance your career.

Graduate Ecologist/Field Ecologist – Derbyshire - Peak Ecology Ltd

Peak Ecology Ltd is a highly regarded, specialist ecological consultancy based in Bakewell, Derbyshire and working across the country. We are a friendly and professional team with a diverse client list, currently looking to recruit the following positions.

Both positions are fixed-term temporary contracts in the first instance and may be made permanent subject to performance and company workload going forwards.

Area Ranger - National Trust

£24,075 pa - 37.5 hours a week - perm role - West Lakes, Cumbria

We are looking for an Area Ranger to join the team caring for one of the most beautiful countryside portfolios in the National Trust – the West Lakes, Cumbria, more specifically Eskdale and Duddon Valley. There are huge opportunities here balancing conservation, cultural landscape, estate maintenance, relationships with farmers and visitor engagement; which is both challenging and rewarding.

Biodiversity Conservation Officer- Heathrow Airport - Ecology And Habitat Management Ltd

Terms: Permanent position. Full time position with part- time possible.

Location: Heathrow Airport, Hillingdon, London

Salary: £22,000- £25,000 per annum (dependent on experience)

Report to: Ecology & Habitat Management Director

An exciting opportunity to work for world’s largest airport in a biodiversity management role helping to maintain the airport’s biodiversity sites.

Closing date: Friday 24th January 2020