AECOM Senior Ecologist in Bristol, United Kingdom

Requisition/Vacancy No. 152095BR

Position Title Senior Ecologist

Job Category Engineering - Environmental

Business Line Environment

Country United Kingdom

State/Province/Region GBR - Bristol

City Bristol

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

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.

Job Summary

AECOM is seeking a Senior Ecologist to join our ecology team in South West England and South Wales. The post will be based in our Bristol city centre office under the leadership of a Principal Ecologist, though there will be opportunity to work from other offices, as the AECOM ecology team operates as a united, single group at a UK level.

We offer the opportunity to work across the UK on high profile, challenging and innovative projects and with AECOM now one of the largest international environmental consultancies there may also be the potential to work overseas from time to time as the role develops. 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.

The successful candidate will:

  • be responsible for assisting with the management of ecological projects, co-ordination of surveys and helping provide robust, proportionate advice to clients on a wide range of topics;

  • have experience of working as an ecological consultant, with experience in protected species and habitat surveys, analysis of results and presentation of outputs;

  • have a proven track record of providing ecological inputs to projects, including assessment in accordance with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) guidelines;

  • be a Full Member of CIEEM, or eligible to qualify for this status, with a commitment to your professional behaviour and development

The job will entail:

  • Working as part of the existing network of AECOM ecologists within integrated teams on challenging multi-disciplinary projects, mostly in South West England the Midlands and South Wales;

  • Assisting senior staff with the winning and delivery of ecological project work;

  • Supporting liaison with internal project managers and clients to identify and agree the ecological requirements of projects;

  • Organising and carrying out desk studies and field based protected species, botanical and habitat surveys, including for terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine and coastal habitats;

  • Undertaking the analysis, evaluation, interpretation and presentation of ecological data, including through production of Ecological Impacts Assessments and design of mitigation strategies;

  • Working independently and taking responsibility for robust surveys, conducted safely, and producing high quality reports and other deliverables for review by technical specialists;

  • Performing the role of an Ecological Clerk of Works on construction projects;

  • Liaising effectively with managers, as well as other stakeholders as required;

  • Assisting with managing the technical and financial performance of ecological projects to meet budgets and deadlines;

  • Having the opportunity to engage in technical groups developing best practice in one or more areas of terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine and/or marine ecology which may include protected species; and

  • Undertaking other tasks which add value to the development of the ecology team or support wider environmental business goals, as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • Proactive and careful approach to Health and Safety;

  • Client focused team player with a positive attitude;

  • Demonstrable track record of successfully workingin ecology consultancy including through client liaison, project management and within multi-disciplinary teams;

  • Professional, organised and thorough approach to work, which demonstrates an attention to detail to get things right first time;

  • Ability to manage own time and comfortable working both within a team or alone to tight deadlines;

  • Detailed knowledge of UK and European wildlife legislation, planning policy and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA);

  • Experience of undertaking Phase 1 habitat surveys and protected species surveys;

  • Experience of ecological assessment in accordance with the CIEEM guidelines for impact assessment in the UK;

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally and when writing reports;

  • Experience of ecological watching briefs and Ecology Clerk of Work;

  • Full 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; and

  • Full Member of CIEEM, or eligible to qualify for this status, with a commitment to your professional behaviour and development.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Higher degree in a biological science or related discipline;

  • Holder of protected species survey and mitigation licences;

  • Knowledge and experience of botanical, ornithological and/or bat surveys; and

  • Experience of freshwater habitat estuarine and/or marine surveys and assessment.

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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