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CONSULTANT ECOLOGIST

Ricardo Energy and Environment is a leading environment and sustainability consultancy combining energy, climate change, environmental and chemical risk expertise with strong IT and economics capability. Operating across the world, we work in partnership with our customers to help transform the way they work, empowering business leaders with award winning consultancy advice. With unrivalled sector insight and a reputation for producing innovative solutions, we offer a stimulating and rewarding environment in which to work.

Purpose:

Experienced Consultant Ecologists are required to support our growing ecological consultancy work. The posts will be based in London, Manchester or Bristol, but will support projects throughout the UK and occasionally beyond.

Key accountabilities:

The role will involve safe and effective implementation of ecological surveys, consultation, assessment and mitigation in support of our clients’ proposals and operations. The production of high quality reports, including Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Species Reports, Ecological Impact Assessment, Habitats Regulation Assessment and ecological input to Environmental Statements will be a key feature of the role. The post-holder will be expected to liaise with clients and sub-consultants and help to prepare fee proposals. The post-holder will be guided and supported by our national ecology Head of Function and their local ecology Team Leader.

Key competencies and experience:

A first degree in a relevant subject, such as ecology or other biological sciences with a wildlife focus, and ideally a relevant postgraduate qualification.
Graduate or Associate membership of CIEEM.
Experience in ecological impact assessment.
Experience of planning and conducting ecological surveys, including PEA/Phase 1 habitat survey, river surveys and protected species surveys and providing mitigation recommendations.
Holder of, or substantial progress towards holding at least one protected species survey licence.
Good report writing skills, especially ecological survey reports and assessments.
A good understanding of wildlife legislation, the planning process, EIA and, ideally Habitats Regulations Assessment.
Some experience of project management and the preparation of ecology proposals and tenders would be an advantage.
A full UK driver’s license would also be an advantage.
Skills and behaviours:

The post-holder must be a self-starter, working in a small and very busy team. Excellent team working skills are therefore essential, together with strong communication skills, sound understanding of ecological impact assessment and a close attention to detail.

This is a fast-paced and challenging environment offering you the opportunity to make your mark. You will have support from the wider business for your career to develop into a wide range of future opportunities within Ricardo-E&E.

In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive benefits package, a personal development plan, and the opportunity to make a difference in a challenging and rewarding field. Ricardo-E&E is an equal opportunities employer.

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