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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Senior / Principal Ecologist - Biodiverse Consulting Ltd

Logo: Biodiverse Consulting Ltd

Based: Home / Ponteland, Northumberland

Salary: Negotiable

Hours: full & part time considered

We are seeking a talented, professional ecologist at a senior or principal level, who can offer creative solutions for clients and wildlife alike.

You will bid, win and deliver a range of ecological survey, assessment and net gain projects that exceed client expectations without compromising your passion for wildlife and habitats.

Seasonal Graduate Ecologist (Aquatic) - Five Rivers Environmental Contracting Ltd

Logo: Five Rivers Environmental Contracting Ltd

Location: Salisbury and at national client locations

Package: £17k (pro-rata)

Contract End: December 2020

Five Rivers Environmental Contracting Ltd is a specialist environmental construction company with our head office located in Wiltshire. Five Rivers is an industry leader delivering projects across the UK. We specialise in aquatic ecological surveys, monitoring, assessment, mitigation of in the aquatic environment for the water and development industries.

Biodiversity Officer - The Heart of England Forest

Logo: The Heart of England Forest

Salary £25,000 plus benefits

Are you an enthusiastic and experienced conservation professional looking for a rewarding role involved in optimising biodiversity within a national charity?

With our changing climate it is now more important than ever to provide nature recovery networks for wildlife on a landscape-scale. The Heart of England Forest is well placed to provide such a haven for wildlife, and for the enjoyment of local people.

Woodland Creation Assistant - North York Moors National Park Authority

Logo: North York Moors National Park Authority

£25.2 to £27.9 with potential progression to £31.3K.

Based in Helmsley but with substantial travel around the National Park.

Would you like to have a long term beneficial impact on the landscape and wildlife of the North York Moors National Park?

This is an exciting opportunity to join our woodland team to help establish new woodlands within the National Park. This is a permanent post to help deliver our ambitious long term woodland creation targets associated with the Woodsmith Mine’s Section 106 agreement.

Habitat Creators - Ecosulis Ltd

Logo: Ecosulis Ltd

Calling all landscaping legends... Ecosulis needs habitat creators!

Are you looking for an exciting job where you can experience the great outdoors and have a meaningful impact on UK conservation? What better way to mitigate climate change and benefit wildlife than planting trees and helping to create biodiverse habitats.

As the UK's most experienced ecological consultancy and contractor, Ecosulis is currently looking to recruit landscapers to assist its habitat creation team in the South East for two sites located in Aylesbury and Uxbridge.

Rural Surveyor - Natural Resources Wales

Logo: Natural Resources Wales

£34,427 rising to £37,656 over four years

Role Location: South Central, Flexible Within Area - South Central incorporates the unitarity authorities of Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan.

South East, Hadnock Road, Monmouth - South East incorporates the unitarity authorities of Caerphilly, Newport, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent & Monmouthshire.

NRW is looking to recruit a Rural Surveyor (internally you will be known as Specialist Surveyor) to support its work ensuring that Wales’ natural resources are sustainably maintained, enhanced and used. This wide ranging role directly influences the management of the Welsh Government Woodland Estate (approximately 7% of Wales), enables the delivery of land management with partners and contributes to the management of main rivers and flood defences alongside many other areas of work (including statutory) managing Wales’ natural resources. No two days are the same!

Environmental Advisor - Invasive Non-Native Species and Biosecurity - Yorkshire Water

Logo: Yorkshire Water

Salary: £25,785 to £32,231 dependent on experience + pension + 25 days holiday

Location: Buttershaw, Bradford with the option to work flexibly across other YW sites and at home

Due to an increase in the scale of Yorkshire Water’s environmental commitments, we have an exciting new role to help drive forwards the implementation of biosecurity throughout Yorkshire Water operations. This will ensure resilience of our assets and the wider Yorkshire environment to invasive non-native species (INNS). Your primary focus will be the integration of biosecurity across the business through internal operations, processes and planning. This role will help to build operational resilience against INNS which can have financial, legal and reputational complications. The role will involve collaboration with a diverse range of operational teams and contractors to ensure biosecurity is well understood and implemented.

Countryside Officer - Test Valley Borough Council

Logo: Test Valley Borough Council

Grade 6 £24,279 - £26,611 per annum

37 hours per week

Permanent contract


Working within Community and Leisure team you will help guide the day to day management of our nature reserves and green spaces throughout the borough.

The position calls for a knowledge and understanding of ecological issues, legislation and policies as well as the ability to write, implement and then monitor the effects of site management plans.

Seasonal Field Officers - Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

Logo: Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

Salary £18,525 pro rata.

Hours of work – Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm.

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation is looking to recruit two Seasonal Field Officers for our winter reserves management team based in west Surrey. This 7 month contract involves conservation management work on our nature reserves throughout Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex and possibly occasionally further afield.

Catchment Officer - River Aire - The Aire Rivers Trust

Logo: The Aire Rivers Trust

This full-time post will have a salary of £25-28,000 pa plus expenses.

Are you looking for the chance to make a BIG difference to the aquatic environment?

The River Aire Catchment ranges from the limestone pavement uplands of Malham, through deeply rural and massively urban environments down to the lowlands where it meets the Ouse at Airmyn. It has its glories as well as its challenges and we are looking for someone to take a lead in making it a great river again.

Cumbria Strategic Freshwater Senior Adviser - Natural England

This is an exciting opportunity to lead our freshwater work in Cumbria forming our objectives and goals for conservation in the freshwater environment. This is a diverse role which will work across a number of our work programmes namely greener farming and fisheries, resilient landscapes and seas and sustainable development.

Ecologists, Consultant Ecologists and Senior Ecologists - EMEC Ecology

Logo: EMEC Ecology

Contract type: Permanent

Working hours: Full or Part Time

As a commercial subsidiary of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, we have the conservation and restoration of nature at our heart. When delivering our clients’ projects and objectives, we look for biodiversity net-gain wherever possible and through our ecology, land management and arboricultural services we deliver innovative solutions to benefit habitats and species. Are you an experienced Ecologist looking for a new challenge? We have an exciting opportunity for Ecologists, Consultant Ecologists and Senior Ecologists to join our growing business and friendly team based in Nottingham city.

Reserves Manager (North) - Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Logo: Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

£27,735 per annum

This is a permanent, full time role

The post is based at the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre, North Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 8RQ. There will be also be regular travel to various locations throughout the county.

We are looking for a passionate and committed professional to manage our Reserves in the North of the county. This is a key role within the Trust with responsibility of habitat management, safeguarding of species, reserve engagement experiences and management of the Trusts flagship Idle Valley Nature Reserve.

South East Suffolk & Trimley Warden - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Logo: Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Salary: £21,750 - £23,500 pa (according to level of experience)

Contract type: Permanent / Working hours: Full time

Location: Trimley Marshes, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 0UD

At Trimley Marshes, you will be working on a truly dynamic reserve on the Orwell estuary. It is currently one of the county’s best performing breeding wader sites, and also supports spectacular numbers of overwintering wildfowl each year.

Assistant Reserves Officer (Berkshire - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Logo: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Salary: £16,500 per annum

Contract: Permanent, full-time (35 hours per week)

Based: Woolley Firs, Maidenhead, Berkshire

We are looking for an enthusiastic Assistant Reserves Officer to join our team in implementing all aspects of habitat and estate management across our Berkshire nature reserves. The successful applicant will have practical estate management experience, to include felling and chainsaw use with relevant certification, experience of working with livestock and should enjoy working with and leading conservation volunteers.

Self-Employed Ecologist / Land Manager - Dartmoor Preservation Association

Logo: Dartmoor Preservation Association

A few hours per week. Hourly rate to be agreed depending on experience. Start late summer/autumn 2020.

The DPA is a long-established charity owning four pieces of land on Dartmoor where we undertake management for nature and archaeological conservation. This is overseen by a land management group of trustees and volunteers, with advice and oversight from an ecologist.

The work of the ecologist comprises: Writing, updating as required and overseeing implementation of management plans; Organisation of land management group (LMG) meetings once or twice a year, preparation and monitoring of agreed budgets and liaison with the LMG and others between meetings as required.

Senior Project Manager - RSPB

Logo: RSPB

Location: Edinburgh

Salary starting at £30,817 to £34,471 per annum

Hours: Full time
Contract: Fixed Term - Until 14/07/2024 with possibility of extension

The International importance of many of RSPB nature reserves for the habitats and species they support means that they have been designated as Natura 2000 European protected areas (Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas). However, some features require additional conservation management to improve their condition for nature.

Senior Ecological Consultant - Lockhart Garratt Ltd

Logo: Lockhart Garratt

We offer a competitive basic salary, plus an excellent benefits package of pension, training and outdoor equipment allowance plus flexible working opportunities.

As part of our continued growth we are looking for a friendly and enthusiastic Senior Consultant to join our expanding Chipping Norton office. This is an exciting opportunity to develop your ecological skills and provide tailored advice to clients on large-scale projects supporting the Chipping Norton ecological team with specific species advice.

Ecologist - Hartlepool Borough Council

Logo: Hartlepool Borough Council

Band 11 £30,507 - £32,878 pa

37hpw (Part-time working may be considered)

Hartlepool is a vibrant and energetic town with growing prospects. As an authority we want to make Hartlepool the best it possibly can be and want dedicated, driven and committed staff to help us achieve that.

We are seeking an experienced Ecologist, looking for a new career development opportunity.

Senior Site Manager - RSPB

Logo: RSPB

Location: West Yorkshire
Salary: £34,643 to £38,632 Per Annum
Hours: Full time / Contract: Permanent

We have an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to lead all aspects of our Aire Valley reserves operation. Centred around our two highly popular reserves - Fairburn Ings and St Aidan's - the Aire Valley is an amazing restoration success story. Its landscape has been changed from one of intensive coal production to a series of nationally important wetlands supporting breeding bittern, spoonbill, black-necked grebe, bearded tit, lapwing, redshank and willow tit amongst a wide range of breeding, wintering and migratory wildlife, including an enviable rarity track record.

Senior Ecologist / Experienced Bat Ecologist - Darwin Ecology Ltd

Logo: Darwin Ecology

Farnham, Surrey

We are looking for a confident and highly experienced Senior Ecologist / Bat Ecologist to join our team of consultants in our Southern Office in Farnham, Surrey.

The successful candidate must share our passion for ecology and conservation, be enthusiastic, self-motivated and reliable, confident working independently and inspiring as part of our team.