AECOM Senior Green Infrastructure Specialist / Biodiversity Specialist in Nottingham, United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Nottinghamshire, Nottingham

Job Summary

AECOM is seeking a Senior Consultant to be based at their Nottingham office. This role will expand and strengthen our busy team of ecologists in Central England and also work closely with our wider UK teams in environment and planning, landscape, and environmental economics, promoting collaboration between these disciplines in the context of sustainable development.

Our UK Ecology Team comprises over 100 ecologists based across the UK and covers terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats. With a global revenue of over $19 billion, and nearly 100,000 employees worldwide, AECOM is a premier fully integrated

infrastructure and support services firm, incorporating one of the leading environmental consultancy teams in the UK. 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, commercial and residential development projects.

The role requires knowledge and experience in biodiversity and green infrastructure planning, biodiversity net gain (including offsets), ecosystem services and natural capital, especially in relation to land-use and planning in the UK for infrastructure, commercial, power and other development projects.

This Senior Consultant will have the opportunity to work across the UK and Ireland on high profile, challenging and innovative projects.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and organised, with experience in managing teams, projects and budgets. The successful Senior Consultant will be able to work independently, be resourceful and take initiative. Excellent analytical and communication skills are essential, in addition to a sound technical knowledge.

Job Duties:

  • Working as part of the existing network of AECOM ecologists and forming a key link with our wider environment and planning teams and environmental economists in relation to green infrastructure, biodiversity net gain, ecosystem services and natural capital;

  • Supporting internal clients with assistance in the winning, delivery and management of the ecological requirements within multi-disciplinary tenders and projects;

  • Working independently, or with other ecologists and professionals, in the planning, delivery and management of impact assessment, the design and implementation of successful mitigation and compensation strategies for biodiversity, including approaches for delivering green infrastructure and net gain;

  • 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 response and / or advice in person, by email or over the phone in accordance with deadlines;

  • Communicating effectively with their line manager, project managers, clients, project teams and other members of the 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 development of the team to support wider environmental business goals, as required.

Minimum Requirements

The successful candidate will have:

  • have a thorough understanding and working knowledge of the planning system in the UK, and of current position with respect to policy and legislation relating to biodiversity, green infrastructure and emerging approaches for the assessment of ecosystem services, biodiversity net loss/gain, and natural capital;

  • Experience within a consultancy environment (or similar) in providing advice to clients and colleagues on the benefits and importance of biodiversity, green infrastructure, natural capital and ecosystem services

  • Experience in the design and/or construction management on major infrastructure (particularly rail and road) projects in the UK.

  • Experience of influencing projects to deliver environmental outcomes, through engagement with project teams, clients and external stakeholders

  • Demonstrable experience of technical and professional proficiency, evidenced by input to the delivery of projects to a high standard, on time and within budgets;

  • have a proven track record of providing biodiversity inputs to assessments, in accordance with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) guidelines

  • Experience of project management of ecological inputs to multidisciplinary schemes, including organisational skills and ability to coordinate technical inputs from across a number of disciplines

  • Experience of reporting directly to internal and external clients

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, in particular the ability to use clear and appropriate language, communication styles and techniques that engage project team, clients and stakeholders

  • Ability to manage own time, priorities competing deadlines and maintain a sustainable work life balance

  • Experience of working to create a positive team culture

  • hold a recognised degree in an environmental or related discipline;

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience of suggesting ideas and innovations to continuously improve your work of project teams

  • A track record in, or aspirations for, continuing professional development and supporting the development / management of junior ecologists.

  • Full CIEEM membership (or equivalent) and Chartership (or desirbe to work toward Chatership)

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 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 Ecology

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 201598BR

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.