Senior Ecologist

Job Details

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Near Southampton, Hampshire

Salary: Competitive

Hours: Full time

Company details

ECOSA are a leading ecological consultancy based in Hampshire and Gloucestershire. Our team of expert ecologists work on a range of projects across the UK, such as small to large scale housing, public sector and infrastructure developments. Our regular client list includes local authorities, architects, developers, construction companies and planning consultants.

Whether our clients need a bat survey or a detailed assessment in aid of achieving biodiversity net gain on site, we provide a complete range of ecological survey and assessment services to support planning applications, conservation projects or habitat management planning. Our fully licensed ecological contracting team also install on-site mitigation, and provide habitat creation, management and monitoring services.

We want all our employees to feel valued and supported. We are therefore committed to the development of our staff and as part of our team you will have access to:

  • Contributory pension;
  • Childcare voucher scheme (where eligible);
  • A mentoring system to promote your development with reference to the CIEEM Competency Framework;
  • A generous structured training budget and regular in-house training;
  • An extensive support network within the company to provide guidance and specialist advice;
  • Flexible working hours and paid overtime/TOIL during the summer survey season;
  • A relaxed office environment; and
  • A rural office location with free car parking, large garden, wildlife ponds and lunch area (head office).

ECOSA is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to providing a safe working environment. Discover your potential with ECOSA today!

Job Description

ECOSA are pleased to be seeking a Senior Ecologist to join us at our head office in rural Hampshire.

You will have five years or more relevant experience gained in ecological consultancy, local authority or a planning environment.

With the support of our consultants, you will use your expertise to provide sound advice and deliver pragmatic and cost-effective survey and mitigation solutions to ensure our clients’ development and conservation goals are successful in respect of ecology.

The ideal candidate will be customer focused, detail orientated and a skilled communicator with strong verbal and written skills. You will be able to manage client expectations and meet deadlines, and be comfortable project managing a diverse range of projects.

You will carry out a range of field surveys, including extended Phase 1 habitat surveys and protected species surveys, alongside day-to-day office-based work such as client and regulatory authority liaison, managing surveyor teams, report writing and budget management.

You will work on Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Ecological Impact Assessments, designing and implementing ecological mitigation, compensation and enhancement schemes, habitat management and monitoring plans, and preparing and submitting applications for Natural England EPS licences.

As a key part of our technical team, you will also support our junior ecologists and will invest time in their development.

Essential Skills and Qualifications

  •  Full CIEEM membership, or be eligible;
  • Degree in a relevant subject;
  • Hold a minimum of a Level 2 Natural England bat licence (CL18);
  • Minimum of five years post-qualification experience in an ecologically focused role, preferably in ecological consultancy;
  • An accomplished and broad background in ecological survey and assessment techniques;
  • Proven experience of undertaking Preliminary Ecological Appraisals and producing high quality Ecological Impact Assessments and other technical reports;
  • Strong knowledge of relevant UK and European legislation, policy and guidance;
  • Good understanding of Habitats Regulations Assessment;
  • Experience of project co-ordination, budget management and Health and Safety risk management;
  • Be a team player with exceptional verbal and written communications skills;
  • Experience in reviewing the work of junior colleagues;
  • Sound MS Outlook, Word and Excel skills;
  • A full driving licence; and
  • Legal entitlement to work in the UK.

Desirable Skills

  •  Hold Natural England / Natural Resources Wales protected species licences (in addition to bats);
  • Botanical survey skills;
  • Have recently obtained a Natural England Development Licence;
  • Habitats Regulations Assessment experience; and / or
  • Other qualifications such as tree climbing and aerial rescue.

How to Apply

Please email your Curriculum Vitae, ensuring to highlight all relevant knowledge, experience and skills, and a covering letter providing evidence of how you meet the above requirements, for the attention of Alexandra Nicholls, Company Administrator at

Please let us know how you found out about this opportunity and title your email in the subject line ‘Senior Ecologist Vacancy’.

If you would like to informally discuss this role, please email in the first instance.

Closing date: Position open until filled. No agencies please.


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