AECOM Principal Ecologist in Birmingham, United Kingdom
Requisition/Vacancy No. 144551BR
Position Title Principal Ecologist
Job Category Engineering - Environmental
Business Line Environment
Country United Kingdom
State/Province/Region GBR - West Midlands
Why Choose AECOM? AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at www.aecom.com.
About the Business Line
Our team of environment specialists offers clients expertise in air quality, impact analysis and permitting, environmental health and safety management consulting/due diligence, remediation consulting/engineering and construction/site restoration, specialty and emerging technologies, waste services and water and natural resources.
AECOM is seeking ecologists at senior or principal level to expand and strengthen our team of ecologists in Central England, to be based in one of our office locations in East and West Midlands (Birmingham, Nottingham and Chesterfield).
We offer the opportunity to work across the UK and Ireland on high profile, challenging and innovative projects, and as part of a forward looking, “can do” national Ecology Team. Although the majority of work is in the UK, candidates with appropriate experience and skills, may have the opportunity to work overseas from time to time.
The job will entail:
Assisting in the winning, delivery and management of ecological/EIA projects;
Managing the technical and financial performance of ecological projects;
Writing and reviewing Environmental Statement (ES) chapters and other ecological assessments;
Acting as a specialist in one or more areas of terrestrial and/or freshwater ecology which may include protected species;
Co-ordination of field and office-based work;
Liaising with internal project managers and clients to identify ecological requirements of new projects;
Providing technical review of ecological reports and other deliverables as required;
Managing and mentoring junior staff as required;
Organising and carrying out desk and field based ecological habitat and species surveys;
Liaising with clients, project managers and other project stakeholders including statutory bodies; and
Undertaking other tasks to support the wider environmental business, as required.
With AECOM you can go as far as your ability and desire will take you. It’s about your interests and passions. It’s about the experiences you bring with you. And, it’s about your goals and aspirations.
When you join us, you’ll find a highly competitive benefits package and the support to develop your career in an environment that fosters your talents and encourages new ideas. We provide you with the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse workforce of highly talented professionals on projects that impact our world for the better. That’s the connected expertise we experience every day.
N.B. The minimum requirements relate to a senior position which is the minimum grade required for this position. A higher level of experience would be required in order to gain a principal level role.
To be successful in this role it is essential that you have the following:
Demonstrable track record in ecology consultancy including client and project management;
Experience of managing safety, technical, and commercial aspects of projects;
Experience of undertaking habitat surveys and protected species surveys as well as mitigation design and delivery;
Detailed knowledge of UK wildlife legislation, planning policy and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA);
Experience of ecological assessment in accordance with the CIEEM guidelines for terrestrial impact assessment in the UK;
Experience as a specialist in one or more areas of terrestrial or freshwater ecology which may include protected species;
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including technical report writing;
Comfortable working within a team, or alone;
UK Driving licence;
Flexible approach to working hours to meet the demands of the role, including occasional longer/and or unsociable hours, and to work away from home on occasions;
Ability to manage own time, and to mentor and motivate others;
First degree in relevant subject
Full Member of CIEEM.
Higher degree in a biological science or related discipline;
Chartered Ecologist (CEcol) or Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status;
Experience of managing individuals or teams;
Advanced botanical identification skills;
Experience of freshwater habitat surveys and assessment; and
Holder of protected species survey and mitigation licences
Experience in Biodiversity Offsetting/ Natural Capital accounting.
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.