Principal Ecologist (EcoNorth)

EcoNorth has an exciting opportunity for a Principal Ecologist to join our team of dedicated Ecologists.  With a great and growing range of ongoing projects, EcoNorth is seeking to appoint a highly experienced individual to this lead role within the organisation, which comprises a great opportunity to shape the company and the projects we work on, lead complex elements of project delivery, promote staff development and contribute towards the organisation’s Quality, Health & Safety, and Environmental Management systems.

EcoNorth is a small team which is currently growing to support the requirements of our clients.  The role would be ideally suited to someone with:

  • Solid experience of commercial ecological consultancy and management of all aspects of both large and small scape projects, from feasibility through to construction stage.
  • Experience of managing and coordinating inputs from a wider team of Ecologists including subcontractors and other specialist disciplines.
  • Solid understanding of the implementation of the legislative framework for Nature Conservation in the UK (and Ireland).
  • Species-specific specialisms including holding individual survey licences and experience of holding mitigation licences, particularly bats and/or great crested newts.
  • Solid knowledge of habitats and habitat management principals throughout the UK (particularly Scotland and Northern England).
  • Experience of assessing and inputting to project design to deliver Biodiversity Net Gain.
  • Experience of business development.

EcoNorth’s core team is based in Cramlington, Northumberland and services client requirements primarily throughout Northern England and Scotland.  However, we would also welcome applications from candidates based in Scotland, North West England or Humberside who would consider working remotely for part of the time.

The role is offered on a permanent basis, with full details of the role available at


EcoNorth will offer you the opportunity to work on a variety of exciting and challenging projects from habitat creation schemes and small developments to some of the largest construction projects in the UK and Ireland, and to contribute in a meaningful way to nature conservation.

EcoNorth has a friendly, sociable team focused on building a diverse and inclusive culture.  We are open to flexible working.  Individuals are empowered to manage their own projects and contribute to the team’s decision making processes during the annual team consultation and regular team meetings.  We offer ongoing opportunities for training and development, internal and external, with each employee provided with an individual training budget in addition to their mandatory health and safety training budget.  All permanent employees are eligible to participate in our profit share and pension schemes.

We offer our clients and partners high level professional and ethical standards and accountability, which are supported by our Constructionline Gold Level membership and Acclaim certification.  We have also successfully achieved ISO 45001 health and safety certification and are currently working towards attaining ISO 9001 quality certification in March 2022.


EcoNorth is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff, and all suitably qualified individuals are encouraged to apply for this role.

Shortlisting will be undertaken on a ‘blind’ basis.  Initial interviews will be undertaken via video call using Microsoft Teams.  During the interview process, candidates will be asked structured questions which will be measured against a person specification and given a written assessment.

To apply for this role, please email your CV and cover letter to outlining why you wish to work at EcoNorth and how your knowledge, skills and experience enable you to fulfil the role’s requirements.

Closing Date for Applications: 1 November 2021