Ecology Consultant Vacancy - October 2020

Author: Matt Rew

DAA is a small but successful company; in the past year approximately 40% of our revenue has been generated from ecology consultancy and this continues to grow. We have a multi-disciplinary approach, covering ecology, arboriculture and landscape. Our business model is based on employing highly qualified and experienced consultants who are home-based across the south and south-east, supported by high quality IT systems and a friendly virtual team environment (Microsoft Teams meetings, support and mentoring). We aim to provide a high quality, timely and effective consultancy to our clients who are predominantly in the planning sector. Typical clients range from single householders, to mainstream housing developers, planning consultants and architects as well as utilities contractors.  The size of projects range from single dwellings to 200+ residential units, heritage sites and Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.

We are a CIEEM Registered Practice and take pride in our compliance with the associated Code of Practice, particularly with regard to supporting and encouraging professional growth and development of our employees.

Opportunity:  An opportunity has arisen for a dynamic, ambitious and talented ecologist to join our growing team and help shape the future direction of the ecology unit. This role is a fantastic opportunity to take that next step in your career, realise your ambitions and join our friendly and supportive team, reporting directly to the Principal Ecologist.

Location:  Home-based (must be in West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire or south-west Greater London) with travel predominantly across the south and south-east and occasionally further afield.

Salary & Benefits:  £23,000 - £28,000 + contributory pension + 20 days holiday + time off in lieu for out-of-hours survey work (which is additional to rest time built around surveys to ensure safe working) + generous CPD allowance + paid professional membership subscription. 

How to apply: For further information please contact Principal Ecologist Claire Munn on 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Devising, undertaking and managing a wide range of ecological surveys including extended Phase 1 habitat and protected species surveys and mitigation.
  • Carrying out desk studies, consultations, research, data management and analysis and report writing.
  • Assist with preparing protected species mitigation licences.
  • To project manage smaller contracts and advise clients on the implications of the timeframes for surveys and how best to project plan to ensure they have the necessary information when they are ready to submit a planning application. 
  • To attend design team meetings and on-site meetings with planning consultants, LPA officers etc as required.
  • To contribute to the ecological sections of Environmental Impact Assessments and Habitat Regulations Assessments.
  • To manage project-based finances including providing the information needed to the accounts department for invoicing and maintaining commercial awareness at all stages of the project.
  • To liaise with internal team members regarding landscape and arboricultural issues and external team members in the wider design team.
  • To compile survey plans and maps, ideally using QGIS.
  • Conduct a wide range of Phase 2 surveys, including regular out-of-office hours in line with the necessary survey guidelines.

Essential Qualifications and Experience:

  1. A minimum of two years’ full-time ecological consultancy experience in England, including extensive experience of Preliminary Ecological Appraisal, commercial bat surveys and Ecological Impact Assessment.
  2. Associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) or eligible with application already submitted to CIEEM.
  3. Excellent report writing skills.
  4. Excellent project management and client liaison skills.
  5. Strong commercial awareness.
  6. Proven experience in managing and undertaking a range of fieldwork, including habitat and protected species surveys.
  7. Sufficient botanical knowledge to carry out Phase 1 habitat mapping with species lists.
  8. At least one protected species licence, including at least a level 1 class licence for bats and/or great crested newts.
  9. Excellent knowledge of current UK legislation and best practice policy.
  10. Full driving licence and access to a vehicle for work, with business use insurance.

Desirable Qualifications and Experience:

  1. Undergraduate degree in Ecology or other relevant environmental discipline.
  2. QGIS mapping skills.
  3. Biodiversity Net Gain experience, including use of the latest Defra Metric.
  4. Named ecologist on Mitigation Licences from Natural England.
  5. Experience of bat call analysis using Kaleidoscope, BatExplorer or equivalent software.

Person Specification:

  • Highly motivated
  • Personable with good client management skills
  • Approachable
  • Good team player, relationship builder