Senior Ecologist

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world.

The Arup West Region comprises the South West of England and Wales, with offices in Bristol, Winchester and Cardiff. The region provides the majority of the diverse range of skills which form the Arup offer; the scale of the West operation is, intentionally, larger than the market dictates with 700 staff across the three offices including over 300 staff in Cardiff, enabling large and complex projects to be undertaken within and outside the region. As a result, staff benefit from opportunities across a range of projects both from a skills and location point of view.

We require an experienced Senior Ecologist to join our existing ecology team in the Arup Cardiff office, which forms part of a UK network of over 50 ecologists. Reporting directly to the leadership of the West management team, you will be a key member of this diverse and versatile multi-disciplinary group of environmental consultants and other professionals. Your skills will be instrumental in delivering high quality ecological services within the region and beyond, benefitting from opportunities across a range of project locations and types.

You will have opportunities to further develop your leadership skills and contribute to Arup’s UK-wide network of specialist ecologists. We have a secured workload of projects, including some of the biggest infrastructure schemes and programmes of committed projects in the region and the country, along with further opportunities for growth and require a senior individual to develop our growing capabilities.

The Role

This role is for a Senior Ecologist, based mainly in the Arup Cardiff office, with occasional travel to other offices and work locations in the West Region and beyond. The Senior Ecologist practical and pragmatic individual, able to respond to client needs and develop innovative solutions to challenging problems.

They will be a technically excellent ecologist, with demonstrable experience if field survey work and mitigation across a broad range of species and habitats and be able to mentor and encourage others in the subject. They will be able to evidence a commitment to continued professional development and be an active member of CIEEM.

They will be encouraged to lead the existing ecology team of staff in Cardiff and work closely with senior ecology staff across the West in project delivery, tendering, team management and business planning.

They will lead from the front, from project inception through to delivery, at all project scales. They will provide a strong technical steer and guidance to ensure the production of high-quality outputs to tight timescales and budget requirements.

Requirements and skills

  • Extensive technical experience in ecological and protected species surveys.
  • Management of individuals, teams and projects.
  • Shown success of working in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Experience in liaising with clients and developing business.
  • Proven skills in EcIA, HRA, mitigation, enhancement and strategic-level planning.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Full driving license.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology or related subject. Master’s Degree or PhD preferable.
  • Full membership of CIEEM. Chartered Status preferable.
  • At least seven years’ professional experience in a consultancy environment.

Reward and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary at all levels, and one of the best benefits packages in our sector. In addition, all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme. Employees can receive two Profit Share payments per year, which are dependent on the firm’s financial performance.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcome all qualified applicants.