Discipline Lead – Ecology

SYSTRA are looking to expand our Signature Team in the UK, working on high profile infrastructure projects such as Crossrail and HS2, we are building on our 50 years of success in the UK by growing our team and looking for passionate people to deliver projects across our portfolio.

We are now seeking to strengthen and grow our Environmental team in our Birmingham office, initially working as part of our Main Works Civils High Speed 2 project team, by recruiting an experienced Ecologist to lead, develop and manage our team.

The ideal candidate will ideally be able to demonstrate a range of experience within the Civil Engineering/Transportation/Infrastructure sectors.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic Associate Ecologist to further their career in a highly motivated and inspirational environment.

Main Duties of the role:

  • A key role that underpins the growth of our dynamic, high performing UK delivery organisation, blending technical and commercial awareness with strong communication and people management skills
  • Inspire excellence within the discipline
  • Develop and implement processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery, and the quality, of output within the discipline and on individual projects
  • Line Management of internal staff within the discipline – act as discipline figurehead, demonstrating visible leadership
  • Effective liaison and coordination with multidisciplinary design teams, as well as client facing liaison with statutory and non-statutory bodies
  • Programming and coordination of data sets and site surveys and organising specialist ecological surveys as and when required. Ensuring tasks are correctly priced and seeing through delivery on time and to budget.
  • Maintaining and constantly improving the ecological surveying and reporting procedure to increase effective information transfer throughout the schemes delivery process.
  • Advise internal and external clients / colleagues on ecological matters
  • Leading site walkovers / surveys
  • Report writing and review of less senior ecologists site reports and associated documentation.
  • Facilitation and project management of ecological mitigation design
  • Undertake ecological assessment work as part of EIA’s
  • Implement ecology related strategic documents such as management plans and minimum requirements
  • Liaise with designers, contractors and the client regarding ecological elements of schemes.
  • Apply for licences and consents and understand undertakings and assurances associated with planning commitments.
  • Deliver ecological training/workshops and element specific toolbox talks.
  • Advise sub-contractors and in-house teams working on ecologically sensitive works.
  • For all works – ensure compliance at all times with European and UK Environmental and Wildlife Laws.
  • Support the Environment Discipline Lead for the UK and Engineering Leads on all project works including – commercial aspects – accurate Fee Estimate production, forecasting, early warning notification etc. including meetings with internal and external client Project Managers and specialists where fee estimate and programme justification is required.
  • Recommendations for environmental innovation and improvements for engineering schemes including the promotion of sustainable design solutions.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Degree in a relevant environmental subject
  • Holding relevant licences i.e. GCN and/or bat licence is essential.
  • ECI Contract experience on infrastructure projects would be an advantage.
  • Standardised habitat survey methodologies (Phase 1, NVC etc.)
  • UK protected and invasive species
  • Faunal survey methodologies
  • Biodiversity Action Planning
  • Habitat creation techniques
  • Ecological Management Plans
  • Habitat management theory and practice
  • UK species identification and taxonomy
  • Conservation management and planning
  • Environmental condition assessment
  • Arboricultural Expertise
  • Experience in Biodiversity off setting / No Net Loss

In return, we offer a very competitive salary with a comprehensive and attractive benefits package with opportunities for flexible working and career development.

To apply for this role, please email your CV directly to ppritchard@systra.com who will be in touch to discuss further.