AECOM Principal Ecologist in Cardiff, United Kingdom
United Kingdom - Avon, Bristol
AECOM is seeking experienced ecologists to join our dynamic and forward-thinking ecology team based in Bristol or Cardiff. Whether you’re a technical expert with a specialism in a particular species or group, or you’re a generalist who enjoys working on a range of projects, we can provide the platform to create and shape your own role. We are particularly interested to welcome ecologists with a specialism in Chiroptera into the team and an NRW bat licence or NE Level 2 Licence would be a significant advantage. This is a fantastic opportunity to further your career within an established and successful business that has welfare and wellbeing as core values.
As a principal ecologist with AECOM, you’ll be reliable, hard-working, organised and pro-active, in order to help you manage a busy workload. You’ll have specialist knowledge developed over the course of your career, and experience of a wide range of projects. You’ll have good project management skills and report-writing skills, and some experience of line-managing individuals. Experience in creating and managing large datasets and using GIS applications to better capture data from field surveys would be an advantage.
The South West and South Wales ecology team is unique in that whilst we enjoy the benefits and security of a large corporation, we work as a small close-knit ecology consultancy and understand the importance of welfare and wellbeing. We have mentors within the team who provide support at a personal level and guide the development of skills and experience. There is a programme of internal training courses and a generous budget for external training aligned to your professional development goals. We promote a healthy work-life balance and encourage agile-working, with a flexible home-office location within the team if you are willing to travel.
Assisting in the winning, delivery and management (technical and financial) of ecological projects.
Liaising with clients, project managers and other project stakeholders including statutory bodies;
Managing and mentoring staff as part of our mentoring / line management network;
Represent AECOM externally through projects, client management, publications and presentations;
Undertaking other tasks which add value to the technical expertise and development of the ecology team, or support wider environmental business goals;
Uses advanced scientific principles, theories, practices and existing technologies develop technical solutions to complex problems;
Interprets and records data, conducts analyses, compares findings to relevant studies and local, provincial and national regulations to ensure compliance. Work is performed with minimal direction;
Plans and organises project studies;
Providing technical input to reporting with the ability to follow quality assurance processes;
Performs complex assignments often requiring the development of unique solutions to problems; and
May oversee the work of less experienced ecologists.
AECOM has a proactive "working global" initiative which means that there are opportunities to work on and in International Projects.
Ability/permission to work in the UK;
Excellent knowledge of UK and EC wildlife legislation and policy, as well as Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA);
Bat license holder (NRW and/or NE Level 2);
Holder of other relevant protected species survey licences (e.g. dormice) and experience as an Accredited Agent or Named Ecologist on mitigation licences;
Experience of Phase 1 Habitat and protected species surveys and licensing;
Technical and professional proficiency with a demonstrable history of delivering ecology projects to a high standard, on time and within budgets;
Strong project management skills and experience (including technical, financial and quality aspects);
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, in particular, the ability to write concise technical reports;
Proven ability to work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and clients, as well as to manage own time;
Experience in line management as well as technical leadership of teams of ecologists on major projects;
Electronic data capture, analysis and presentation;
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).
- You will have a BSc in a relevant.
Your benefits will include:
Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also be able to explore flexible working arrangements through our FREEDOM TO GROW
- way of working. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.
You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.
What We Offer
When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.
Job Category Sciences
Business Line Environment
Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)
Country United Kingdom
Position Status Full-Time
Requisition/Vacancy No. 244529BR
Additional Locations UK - Cardiff
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.