Senior Ecologist






JCA Limited is an established arboricultural and ecological consultancy operating throughout the UK and occasionally abroad. Based in rural West Yorkshire, we have a strong reputation within the industry. The company is innovative and has a unique, friendly feel with a team of 20 Arboriculturists, Ecologists and support staff. We are seeking to appoint a senior ecologist to lead our team of currently 4 Ecologists, with a view to expanding this department over the next few years. JCA Limited are a caring and responsible employer, offering a pleasant, rural location with ample parking, a wonderfully friendly team and this position offers:

  • A competitive salary.
  • Flexible working hours and overtime payments.
  • A company car.
  • Company Pension Scheme.
  • Company Bonus Scheme.
  • Training allowance.
  • Seasonal prizes for outstanding performance.
  • Regular staff outings and meals.

You should

  • Be a full Member of CIEEM.
  • Be educated to BSc level or above, in a relevant subject (Ecology, Conservation, or Environmental Sciences).
  • Hold a full driving license.
  • Have excellent communication skills, a strong sense of priority in dealing with communications and should set a good example to other team members by communicating clearly and in a timely manner.
  • Be able to proof read and check technical reports.
  • Have around 10 years’ experience working as an ecologist commercially and experience of managing staff.
  • Have experience of working with the Local Planning Authority Ecologists and Biodiversity Officers.
  • Lead our team, coordinate workloads, plan resourcing, and help develop a strategy growing the ecology team.
  • Have an up to date understanding of relevant EU and UK legislation.
  • Be able to update report templates, maintaining a high standard of work in line with CIEEM guidelines.
  • Have a good grasp of the planning system and an understanding of the development industry.
  • Have experience in writing a wide range of reports pertaining to ecological issues.
  • Hold Natural England GCN & Bat licenses at level 2, and a record of successful mitigation license applications.
  • Have strong botanical identification skills.
  • Have experience of producing EcIA and PEA reports, preparing European protected species mitigation license applications and be able to produce bespoke ecological reports as required.
  • Be able to give toolbox talks and habitat management advice to clients.
  • Provide technical support to our ecology team, mentoring junior ecologists and providing training as required.

And ideally you should

  • Be willing to attend public consultations and planning meetings when necessary.
  • Be able to produce ecological surveys for code for sustainable homes (CfSH), BREEAM and plans along with working method statements and construction method statements.
  • Be willing to assist in developing the ecology business in conjunction with the management team to provide our existing and new clients with an enhanced range of services.
  • Have some expert witness experience.

If you meet the above and have a passion for ecology, please send your CV and a covering letter to;

JCA Limited, Unit 80, Bowers Mill, Branch Road, Barkisland, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX4 0AD.  Tel: 01422 376335, Email;;

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