Senior Ecologist

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

We are currently looking for an experienced and passionate senior ecologist to help manage our
friendly and busy team. You’ll be given a hands-on role in project management and have direct
contact with our broad client base. You’ll be given the opportunity to increase your experience
in the day to day running of a thriving consultancy and over a variety of our projects from
EcIA and HRA/AA, to protected species mitigation and Biodiversity Net Gain assessments. You’ll
also be encouraged to get involved with some of the research projects we’ll be setting up in
2023 and increasing our input into sustainability, through stacking and bundling of BNG,
carbon, nutrient budgeting and air quality.

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 5 years’ experience in an ecological
consultancy or similar setting is required, along with a good grounding in Phase 1 survey/UK
Habs technique and good botanical ID skills. A high degree of competency in protect species
surveys and habitat assessments, as well as protected species and habitat mitigation is
required. A protected species license is desirable but not essential and we aim to support our
staff in achieving their career goals in this regard. The successful candidate will be happy
managing a team and coordinating subcontractors and will be a confident and competent

Job role

Your duties will include:

  • Undertaking & coordinating Phase 1 habitat/UK Habs & protected species surveys
  • Undertaking & coordinating Preliminary Ecological Appraisals
  • Leading EcIA and HRA/AA
  • Undertaking and reviewing Biodiversity Net Gain assessments
  • Producing & reviewing high quality written reports
  • Use of QGIS for mapping and analysis
  • Designing & coordinate protected species mitigation schemes
  • Liaising with project managers and clients
  • Management of team workload
  • Coordinating team and field assistants
  • Managing junior staff
  • Planning & coordinating protected species surveys and mitigation
  • Project management

Salary and benefits

Salary: £32-37K 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: £32-37K 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.

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