Principal Ecologist

United Kingdom (UK)
Industry Sector:
Conservation Jobs, Ecology Jobs, Environmental Jobs, Eco Jobs, Green Jobs, Wildlife Jobs, Environment Jobs, Ornithology Jobs, Ecological Jobs
Job Category:
Ecologist, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Ornithologist, Environmental Scientist, Ecological Consultant, Environmental Consultant
Job Type:
Education Level:
Bachelors degree
£60,000 to £70,000 per annum
Salary Description:
Excellent package and remuneration
Start Date:
ASAP/ Stardard
Gaia Talent
Job Ref:

Recruiting for a Principal Ecologist for North of England to support continued business growth and help lead technical excellence and business development of Gaia's client. We are keen to hear from applicants with a wide range of backgrounds/specialisms and would welcome applications from experienced senior consultants looking for the next step in their career. The positions will be based in Inverness and Carlisle offices and may require travel, occasional overnight stays throughout the U.K., and further afield depending on project requirements. This client is a flexible employer and are willing to consider flexible working arrangements that are desirable to you.

The Role:
This role is for Principal position to have responsibility for leading and developing North England ecology teams. Working alongside the Director Ecology, responsibilities will include planning and allocating work for the teams, checking work and oversight of quality of output, management of team performance, training, and general day-to day support. The selected candidate will work within a supportive and driven team focusing on business development, successful project delivery and client satisfaction. Some travel is involved, for which company pool cars are available and for which a valid driving licence will be required. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications, experience, and position requirements.

The ideal candidate will possess a BSc and/or MSc in Ecology or related discipline and a Membership of a relevant professional body such as the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).

We are keen to hear from applicants with a wide range of backgrounds/specialisms and a wide range of competencies are considered to be relevant for this role. These may include:
  • Habitat surveys including Phase 1, UKHab and National Vegetation Classification (NVC).
  • European Protected Species survey and licensing.
  • Ornithology.
  • Leading and managing ecology, ornithology and EcoW project teams.
  • Production of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) chapters.
  • Production of Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA) reports.
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
  • Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW), construction site operations and delivery of pragmatic mitigation solutions.
  • Ecological project management.
  • Communicating successfully with individuals at all levels.
We are keen to hear how your professional experience can help us to deliver high quality ecology projects and support our team growth. We will expect applicants to be able to demonstrate some or all of the following:
  • Excellent understanding of both Scottish and English wildlife legislation and the planning process, good practice guidance for ecological surveys and assessments.
  • Strong background/specialism in one or more areas of ecological survey and assessment (e.g., plants/habitats, birds, other protected species).
  • Strong project management abilities across a range of project types e.g., EIA chapters, Habitat Management Plans, monitoring plans and/or Construction Environmental Management Plans.
  • Strong experience as an ECoW or Environment Manager.
  • A successful track record of leading ecology project teams.
  • Strong report writing skills and communication with clients and other staff members.
  • Experience of writing and coordinating EIA chapters.
  • Experience of writing HRA reports.
  • Experience of managing project budgets and financial reporting.
  • Experience of line management/ supervision of junior staff.
  • Competitive salary & annual review
  • Hybrid & flexible working
  • Generous holiday entitlement 
  • Enhanced company pension
  • Discretionary merit bonus scheme
  • Income protection policy
  • Group life assurance (4x salary)
  • Sponsored company social events
  • Volunteering day
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Electric vehicle car scheme
  • Paid professional membership
  • Continuing professional development
  • Enhanced company maternity & family leave
  • Health, safety & wellbeing culture
  • Flexible holiday buy-sell policy
  • Community fund
  • Health cash plan

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