Graduate Ecologist / Ecologist (Three Shires Limited)

We have exciting opportunities to join a dynamic and rapidly expanding ecology team at Three Shires. The ecology practice is CIEEM Registered and has developed alongside the environmental contracting business that has been established since 1995 and has a solid track record of providing environmental contracting services across a wide range of sectors – particularly developers, utility and renewable energy companies and the transport sectors.

Our ecology business is based in the East Midlands, but with dispersed team members and other offices in Dorset, south Wales and the north-west of England. The company has a wide variety of experience that provides services throughout the UK to a range of clients, ensuring work is varied. Workload is expanding with exciting opportunities for integrated delivery of ecological mitigation alongside the creation of new and enhanced habitats as well as habitat and protected species surveys.

With in-house ecology and environmental contracting teams working together we can provide a unique opportunity to deliver the work you develop and experience the outcomes first hand.

The Role:

To deliver ecological surveys and reports in a dynamic, client and solution focused commercial environment. This will involve undertaking:

  • A wide range of ecological surveys from baseline habitat and BNG assessments to a full suite of protected species surveys
  • Desk studies, data searches, survey data analysis
  • Assessing levels of impacts and design of avoidance/mitigation/compensation and enhancements
  • Producing ecological reports – ECOps, PEAR, EcIA,
  • BNG accounting and assessments
  • Protected sites assessments (assenting/consenting/HRA) and species licensing
  • Managing projects to ensure that work is delivered on schedule and to the required budget and standards

We are looking for people that have the beginnings of, and/or desire to develop further, a broad range of skills and experience. Graduate roles require limited experience – we will provide you with training and experience to develop.

Requirements are flexible for the right person to fit our team; however, candidates should ideally:

  • Have a minimum of qualifying membership of CIEEM (QCIEEM) – for Graduate roles, Associate (ACIEEM) for Ecologist roles – or be ready to apply for these.
  • Be able to demonstrate levels of competency for habitat and species surveys at a minimum of basic and ideally capable against the criteria of the CIEEM skills framework.
  • Have experience of working as an assistant or agent on (or hold) a protected species survey licence.
  • Have some experience of report writing
  • Must have a full UK driving licence and at least 2 years experience of driving
  • Be prepared to undertake flexible working with regards to the type of work, timing and location.

Salary and benefits:

Other benefits include – company vehicle, competitive salary, company pension scheme, flexible working hours, TOIL/overtime system, tailored training and development, support with professional development and memberships.

All candidates applying for positions with Three Shires Ltd must be eligible to work in the UK/European Economic Area.

To apply for this role, please send your CV and covering letter to Your covering letter should outline your relevant experience and reasons why you consider yourself to be suitable for this role. Please include current salary details and expectations.