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AECOM Senior Ecologist in Leeds, United Kingdom

United Kingdom - West Yorkshire, Leeds

Job Summary

The individual we are looking for will be ambitious team player with a strong aptitude for 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:

  • Support the continued development and expansion in the technical capability and reach of the North England regional ecology team, notably in relation to bats;

  • 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;

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

  • Working with data capture (notably the AECOM UAV and green infrastructure teams);

  • Support or lead development and delivery of collaborative ventures with universities; and

  • Support or lead development of initiatives to raise the AECOM brand profile.

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, including the green infrastructure team in Nottingham;

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

  • Supporting delivery of project work within budgets and deadlines;

  • 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;

  • Leading and supporting the winning of a wide range of ecological work;

  • Working independently, or with other ecologists and professionals, in the planning, delivery, co-ordination and management of protected species and habitat surveys (notably in relation to bats), analysis and evaluation of results, impacts assessments, and the design and implementation of successful mitigation strategies including European Protected Species licence applications;

  • Developing and promoting best practice and innovation across the ecology business, notably in relation to use of UAVs on ecology projects;

  • Supporting or leading development and delivery of collaborative ventures with universities and potentially initiatives to raise the AECOM brand profile; and

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

Minimum Requirements

The role will be based in Leeds but will be expected to regularly work from Manchester and Nottingham. Whilst they will join an existing ecology team based in this office, we are looking for someone who is self-reliant, thrives on challenges and is happy to collaborate with colleagues in other disciplines. The successful role holder 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 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 protected species surveys, preferably bats;

  • Electronic data capture, analysis and presentation, including innovative approaches with UAVs in ecology survey work and experience of, or willingness to, work collaboratively with universities;

  • 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

  • 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;

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

  • Licensed to drive a vehicle in the UK.

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 have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. 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

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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 Ecology

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 228948BR

Clearance Required No

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.

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