AECOM Principal Ecologist in Nottingham, United Kingdom

Business Line Environment

Position Title Principal Ecologist

United Kingdom - Nottinghamshire

Nottingham

Job Summary

AECOM is a premier fully integrated infrastructure and support services firm, incorporating one of the leading environmental consultancy teams in the UK. Our UK Ecology Team comprises over 100 ecologists based across the UK and covers all freshwater, marine and terrestrial habitats. We provide our clients with the full range of ecological services including specialist habitat and species surveys, impact assessment, advice on biodiversity mitigation, offsetting and enhancement, and management planning for biodiversity.

Our projects include high profile major transport and other infrastructure, conventional and renewable power development as well as other industrial and, commercial development projects.

AECOM is growing our successful ecology team in the UK and has opportunities for Principal Ecologists who are ambitious team players with a strong aptitude for work winning, client care, technical project delivery and development of innovative, cost effective solutions in a working environment that is stimulating and collaborative.

The role will involve:

  • Supporting the continued development and expansion in the technical capability and reach of the ecology team;

  • 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.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

The role holders 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 teamwork.

The role holders will need to be equally comfortable working on small or major projects, contributing positively as a technical specialist or managing projects, notably in the environment, power, infrastructure 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;

  • 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 ecology team.

Minimum Requirements

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;

  • Experience of ecological impact assessment, design and/or construction management on major infrastructure projects in the UK.

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

  • Full Member of CIEEM or similar professional body;

  • 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;

  • Experience in line management as well as technical leadership of teams of ecologists on major projects.

  • 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;

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

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: Phase 1 Habitat / NVC surveys, protected species surveys and licensing;

  • 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. 158568BR