Practical Ecology Ltd

Who we are

We’re a vibrant and expanding ecological consultancy based in the lovely Waveney Valley in
South Norfolk. Established in 2010 the business has gone from strength to strength, with an
emphasis on building positive relationships with our clients.

We’re a small team but are well connected with other ecology specialists and multidisciplinary
teams and we take a collaborative approach to our work. We have a good variety of projects,
from PEAs and protected species surveys/mitigation to higher level assessments, such as shadow
HRAs. Our work is largely focused in the East of England but with some wider work across rest
of the UK.

We’re a family friendly employer and celebrate individualism and the unique perspectives this
brings to our team. We acknowledge talent and nurture the aspirations of each individual, with
the wellbeing of our team members being of the upmost importance. For us happy staff equates to
a happy workplace.

What we’re looking for

An experienced and enthusiastic ecologist looking to advance their career through joining our
friendly and supportive team. You’ll be given a hands-on role and will gain experience in all
aspects of our projects and day to day running of a thriving consultancy.

Foundation or bachelor’s degree in relevant subject is desirable as well as affiliation to, or
meeting the membership criteria for, CIEEM. A minimum of 3 years’ experience in an ecological
consultancy setting is required, along with a good grounding in Phase 1 survey/UK Habs
techniques and good botanical ID skills. A firm grasp of protect species and habitat
assessments, along with experience of protected species survey methodologies and mitigation is
necessary. In particular, the successful candidate will be familiar with the equipment and
methods employed in bat activity surveys and will have the ability to plan and help to
coordinate these. Experience of EcIA, HRA and BNG assessments is also desirable but not

We are looking for candidates with great interpersonal skills who are able to oversee the
running of projects, ideally with some team management experience.

Job role

Your duties will include:

  • Phase 1 habitat/UK Habs & protected species surveys
  • Undertaking Preliminary Ecological Appraisals
  • Inputting into EcIA and HRA/AA
  • Undertaking Biodiversity Net Gain assessments using the DEFRA Metric
  • Producing high quality written reports
  • Managing simple/individual projects
  • Use of QGIS for mapping and analysis
  • Undertaking/helping to coordinate protected species mitigation schemes
  • Liaising with project managers and clients
  • Mentoring junior staff
  • Supervising field assistants and coordinating surveys.

Salary and terms

Salary: £26-32K Negotiable, competitive salary, commensurate with experience and competency

The vacancy is for a full-time position on a permanent contract with a standard 3-month
probationary period. The typical working week being Monday-Friday, some weekend work may very
occasionally be required.

All the perks

Work/Life Balance

  • Flexi and remote working options, including working around child/family care
    responsibilities or health conditions
  • Toil accrual and rest policy
  • No more than 2 ‘anti-social’ hours surveys per week where possible
  • 28 days annual leave (inc. bank holidays), +1 day for your birthday and +4 days for
  • Holiday accrual scheme for employees of more than 2 years’ service

Financial Wellbeing

  • Salary: £26-32K negotiable, commensurate with experience and capability matrix
  • Company pension scheme, with enhancement options
  • Expenses advances and instant BACs for large expense sums
  • Provision of all required PPE and other essential kit and materials

Personal and Workplace Wellbeing

  • Private healthcare, with family cover options
  • Work wellbeing action plans and monthly wellbeing check-ins
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • One paid conservation volunteer day annually
  • Two annual paid team building days
  • Workplace assessments (risk assessments, occupational health referrals, Display Screen
    Equipment assessments)
  • Enforced lunch breaks and fresh air breaks (company of office dog optional)

Professional Development

  • Generous annual training budget
  • Inhouse and collaborative learning opportunities
  • Mentoring
  • CIEEM competency framework objectives
  • Appraisals
  • Management training
  • Personalised career path planning


For further information please contact us on 01379 740098 or to apply directly please send your
CV along with a covering letter to [email protected].

Please ensure that your email is titled with the position you are applying for and your
surname. CVs should be entitled with your full name and contain email and phone contact
details. We aim to acknowledge receipt of all applications within ten working days. Closing
date for applications is the 5th May 2023.

To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in your email/cover letter where ( you saw this internship posting.

Job Location