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New Vacancy - Graduate/Assistant Ecologist – Senior Ecologist

Author: Matt Rew

David Archer Associates is pleased to announce two vacancies for dynamic, ambitious, and talented ecologists to join our small but growing team and help shape the future direction of the ecology unit. The roles are fantastic opportunities to realise your ambitions and join our friendly and supportive team, reporting directly to the Principal Ecologist.

The full-time, permanent roles will include home working combined with field work.

The ideal candidates will be located in Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire or Kent.

Company Benefits:

  • competitive salary (£18,000-£35,000 depending on experience);
  • 28 days holiday (incl. bank holidays), increasing to 33 after a successful probationary period;
  • tax-free home working allowance;
  • time off in lieu for out of hours surveys to reclaim at a later date, plus additional paid rest time (you will not start work again until 11am after a dusk bat survey and 12pm after a dawn bat survey);
  • number of out of hours bat and newt surveys limited to a maximum of three per week per ecologist;
  • you will very rarely be expected to work beyond 100 miles from your home and on the rare occasion where evening or early morning surveys are required beyond this distance, a hotel local to the survey site will be provided;
  • paid CIEEM membership and paid Natural England class licences;
  • contributory pension scheme;
  • generous training allowance;
  • strong focus on career progression; and
  • after 12 months service, over and above statutory sick pay you will get 5 days full pay per annum, thereafter, reducing to half pay for a further 5 days per annum.

We have two positions available due to sustainable business growth and are looking to recruit candidates from Graduate/Assistant Ecologist level to Senior Ecologist.

Essential:

  • relevant field experience and species identification skills suitable to the position being applied for and/or holds a relevant Ecology or Environmental Science degree;
  • one protected species licence or working towards one;
  • basic botanical identification skills of UK flora (for Ecologist level and above this must be to a suitable standard to complete Phase 1 surveys, and preferably UK Habitat Classification surveys, independently);
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills, including report writing experience;
  • driving licence and access to a car; and
  • experience of working in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook

Preferable:

  • CIEEM membership (or eligible for) suitable to the position being applied for;
  • competent with Phase 2 survey work, including great crested newt, reptile, bat emergence/re-entry and activity, dormouse and badger surveys (and mitigation work where applicable) in line with standard guidance;
  • management and interpretation of survey data; and
  • QGIS mapping skills.

If you are looking for a new and exciting opportunity, working for a company that prioritises the physical and mental wellbeing of its staff above all else please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing Lisa Kendall at admin@davidarcherassociates.co.uk.  

Below is a brief summary of experience levels required for each position; we would be happy to provide you with further detail of what each level of ecology position requires as necessary. Please provide an indication in your cover letter as to which level of ecology position you are applying for.

  • Graduate Ecologist: holds relevant degree but may not necessarily have industry work experience.
  • Assistant Ecologist: has some industry work experience within the UK, but this may be limited to seasonal field work, with this being the first consultant job role including project management and report writing.
  • Ecologist: has a minimum of two years’ full-time ecology consultancy experience within the UK and is an Associate member of CIEEM, or at least eligible for this with references for the CIEEM application secured. Must have experience of project managing at least small-sized or less complex projects and devising mitigation strategies for a range of protected species.
  • Senior Ecologist: has a minimum of four years’ full-time ecology consultancy experience within the UK and is a Full member of CIEEM, or at least eligible for this with references for the CIEEM application secured. Must have experience of project managing at least medium-sized or complex projects and devising and leading on mitigation strategies for a range of protected species.