Reporting to your Team Leader, you will be expected to contribute towards biological survey and associated reporting at a variety of sites and locations within the UK. This will involve undertaking surveys, interpreting the results and providing verbal and written reports and advice to colleagues within the company and to clients. Previous commercial experience of ecological survey work is essential.
JBA Consulting’s Ecology Team offer solutions to our clients’ many needs regarding the natural environment. With a focus particularly on the water environment and its management, including protected wetlands, rivers and ditch systems, we specialise in meeting clients’ needs through negotiation and relationship building with local and national authorities, whilst maintaining our independence and objectivity.
The Ecology team provides ecological solutions UK wide on issues such as protected species and habitat surveys, EIA, SSSI management and habitat creation and restoration, as well as advising clients on issues such as legislation, habitat monitoring and management. In recent years the team has broadened the focus of their offering to encompass the rail industry, large scale developments, Strategic Environmental Assessment, Habitats Regulations Assessments, river restoration and specialist vegetation surveying.
Qualifications and experience
The ideal candidate will have a first degree in ecology, or a related discipline, and ideally Associate or Full CIEEM membership or similar. They will be both technically knowledgeable to a level sufficient to meet the above requirements and be able to demonstrate fluency and consistency in verbal and written English, in both technical and plain English writing styles, and have excellent interpersonal skills. They will also be able to demonstrate a good ecological skillset and have undertaken ecological survey work. Computer literacy, especially with a thorough competence in Microsoft Office is also essential (ideally with experience of ArcGIS or other GIS package).
The Ecologist role will inevitably be office-based, however regular site visits and field survey work will also be required. Although based with other members of staff in a multi-disciplinary consultancy in Doncaster / Tadcaster / Peterborough / Dublin or Limerick, you will be required to manage yourself on a day-to-day basis and be responsible for checking and critically appraising your own work, as well as others. To complement the current members of the Ecology team, the post will involve demonstration of a high level of ecological knowledge in development of mitigation and survey strategies. Furthermore, continued demonstration of team working skills and personal effectiveness will be required.
The role is in support of our ecology teams and will be expected to concentrate on developing the company’s capabilities in site assessment, monitoring and enhancement. The successful candidate will be required to:
- Feed into Ecological Impact Assessments;
- Undertake Preliminary Ecological Appraisals and Reports;
- Undertake more detailed ecological surveys under the direction of more senior staff;
- Be a self-starter and able to work alone on projects without supervision;
- Prepare with others the ecology and nature conservation chapters of Environmental Impact Assessments;
- Work with and advise other discipline teams on large, multi-disciplinary projects;
- Have worked on suitable ecological mitigation strategies and their delivery on site;
- Undertake literature reviews and detailed desk-based assessments to feed into Strategic Environmental Assessments and Habitats Regulations Assessments;
- Embrace the concept of continued professional development and integrate this into their work;
- Aim to provide expert advice to other specialists, engineers and clients to complement that already provided by the ecology teams, relating to the undertaking of ecological consultancy and watercourse management work;
- In the medium to long term, contribute to a programme of team capability expansion in response to market demands;
- Contribute to the development of new best-practice principles and concepts, and develop innovative solutions for clients;
- Attend meetings with clients and other stakeholders, sometimes outside normal working hours;
- Be a member (at Graduate, Associate or Full level) of a professional body, such as CIEEM;
- Hold a full driving licence applicable to UK/Ireland and be able / open to travelling long distances and staying away from home