AECOM Senior Ecologist in Altrincham, United Kingdom

Business Line Environment

Position Title Senior Ecologist

United Kingdom - Greater Manchester

Altrincham

Job Summary

AECOM's Ecology team is currently looking to expand within the North West and we are looking to recruit a

Senior Ecologist to work out of our Manchester or Liverpool offices.

The individual we are looking for will be ambitious team player with a strong aptitude for work winning, client care, project delivery and development of innovative, cost effective solutions in a working environment that is collaborative, stimulating and demanding.

The role will involve:

  • Supporting the continued development and expansion in the technical capability and reach of the North Wales and North West England regional ecology team;

  • Support strategic growth of the Environment & Ground Engineering team in the Westlakes office;

  • Opportunity to work on high profile, challenging and innovative projects involving terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats and species; and

  • Selling, managing and delivering specialist ecological services to major clients across the full range of ecological services including strategic planning, specialist ecological surveys, ecological impact assessment, options appraisal and provision of advice on biodiversity mitigation, offsetting and habitat enhancement.

The role holder will deliver ecological consultancy and advisory services to both internal and external clients to a high level of technical quality and to programme and budget. They must have strong behavioural competencies with respect to client care, collaborative working, personal responsibility, decision making and team work.

The role holder will need to be equally comfortable working on small or major projects, contributing positively as a technical specialist or managing/ directing projects, notably in the environment, power, infrastructure, renewable and industrial sectors.

This will include:

  • Working as part of the existing network of AECOM ecologists within the UK and Ireland;

  • Leading on winning a wide range of ecological work;

  • Supporting internal clients with delivering the ecological requirements within multi-disciplinary tenders and projects;

  • Working independently, or with other ecologists and professionals, in the planning, delivery and management of protected species and habitat surveys; analysis and evaluation of results, impacts assessments, and the design and implementation of successful mitigation strategies including European Protected Species licence applications within budgets and deadlines;

  • Assisting with managing the technical and financial performance of ecological and Environmental Impact Assessment projects;

  • Building and maintaining both internal and external client relationships, including providing urgent ecological response and / or advice in person, by email or over the phone;

  • Collaborating with colleagues in the Environment & Ground Engineering and Power & Energy groups on multi-disciplinary projects, mostly in North Wales and North West England

  • Communicating effectively with their line manager, project managers, clients, project teams and other members of the ecology team, within projects and with clients by telephone, e-mail, letters and reports;

  • Developing and promoting best practice and innovation across the ecology business;

  • Compliance with internal business management procedures, including in relation to health and safety and technical quality of all advice and outputs; and

  • Assisting with other administrative duties which add value to the management and development of the North Wales and North West England ecology team.

Minimum Requirements

We are looking for someone who is self-reliant, thrives on challenges and is happy to collaborate with colleagues in other disciplines. Whilst there may also be opportunity to work from other offices on occasion as the AECOM ecology team operates as a single business at a UK and Ireland scale, the successful role holders will be expected to live locally or be prepared to relocate close to the office in which they are based.

Essential requirements for the successful candidates are:

  • Proactive and careful approach to Health and Safety, including first aid training certificate;

  • Technical and professional proficiency with a demonstrable history of winning and delivering ecology projects to a high standard, on time and within budgets;

  • Excellent knowledge of UK and EC wildlife legislation and policy, as well as Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA);

  • Professional, organised and thorough approach to work which demonstrates an attention to detail;

  • Strong and versatile problem solving and inter-personal skills, including motivating others;

  • Proven ability to work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and clients, as well as to manage own time;

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, in particular, the ability to write concise technical reports;

  • Experience in business development with new and existing clients and preparation of tenders and fee proposals;

  • Possess, or able to obtain, appropriate security clearances;

  • Familiarity with project management procedures and protocols, including the checking and approval of proposals and project outputs;

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: botanical identification, undertaking Phase 1 Habitat / NVC surveys, protected species surveys, preferably breeding and wintering birds and/or bats;

  • Electronic data capture, analysis and presentation;

  • Willing to travel to offices and sites within the UK and potentially internationally when required by work demand;

  • Adaptable and flexible approach to work to meet peaks in demands (as all roles are likely to involve occasional longer/and or unsociable hours and a degree of working away from home for days/ weeks at a time);

  • A track record in, or aspirations for, continuing professional development and supporting the development / management of junior ecologists.

Preferred Qualifications

To include at least some of the following:

  • Recognised degree in a biological, science or related discipline – a relevant post graduate qualification in the one of these would be advantageous;

  • Full Member of CIEEM or similar professional body; or eligible to qualify for this status;

  • Chartered with a professional accreditation/ registration body;

  • Holder of relevant protected species survey (and mitigation licences), or ability and willingness to work towards holding such licences;

  • Licensed to drive a vehicle in the UK.

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Job Category Ecology

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 165714BR