Principal Ecologist

Job Details

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Salary:£37,000 to £39,000

Hours: 35 per week

Company details 

Norfolk Wildlife Services (NWS) is the ecological consultancy arm of Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) and offers a range of ecological and arboricultural consultancy services to a wide range of clients in Norfolk and the wider region.

NWS was formed in 2000 as a wholly owned subsidiary trading company of NWT. It currently employs three ecologists, an arboriculturalist, and two part time business officers (job share). It also utilises a number of subcontractors and other ecological consultants to increase capacity at peak times and draw on additional expertise. It is steered and advised by a Board of Directors and currently, a consultant business adviser. NWS donates all profits to NWT to further its conservation objectives. Since its formation, over £700,000 has been contributed in this way.

NWS is a member of The Wildlife Trust Consultancies, a network of 22 ecological consultancies associated with local wildlife trusts around the UK. NWS is ISO9001 certified.

A new Business Plan has been adopted which envisages further growth, investment in staff development and an increase in marketing. We are currently seeking a Principal Ecologist to join the team and lead it through the next exciting phase of its development.

With the support of the NWS Board of Directors and the NWS team, you will work to ensure the effective development and management of the consultancy as a commercial business, providing professional, well respected ecological services whilst making profits to donate to Norfolk Wildlife Trust in support of its conservation work.

 Job Description  

You will be a qualified Senior or Principal Ecologist with a degree or equivalent in ecology (or similar), and full membership of CIEEM. Post graduate or additional professional qualifications and Chartered Ecologist status would be an advantage. You will have substantial experience of the delivery of ecological work, preferably in a commercial consultancy environment, including possession of relevant European Protected Species License authorities. You will also have demonstrable experience of leading and managing specialist staff, ensuring their effective performance and continuing personal and professional development.

A more detailed job description and job details can be found at here. You may also wish to visit our website for more information about NWS.

Application Procedure

You apply via a statement of application outlining why you consider yourself suitable for the post and what particular experience, skills and attributes you have which will enable you to fulfil the requirements of the job.  It would help the selection panel if you refer to the enclosed job description and its duties and requirements in writing your statement. Please state where you first saw the post advertised.

Candidates should support this application by attaching a copy of their CV, giving full details of education, employment and outlining relevant experience.  Please also supply details of two referees.  A CV submitted alone will not be considered.

Applications should be marked “Private and Confidential” and email to

Closing date for all applications is midday 29th April 2019.

Interviews will take in Norwich on 8th May 2019.

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