Senior Ecologist (Baker Consultants Ltd)

Who we are:

Baker Consultants Ltd are driven by a passion for our people and the quality of our work. We have a thirst for developing new techniques & technologies; an obsession with conservation law, policy & best practice and how all these things interact with the work we do.

We don’t just chase high volume night-time ecology survey work and if you were interested enough to read this advert, then hopefully you already know a bit about us and what we stand for. The majority of our team have been with us for around ten years, which is a testament to how much people value the training, culture & variety of work we do. We have an enviably low staff turnover rate, which shows how much value staff wellbeing and happiness at work.

Who we’re looking for:

Our current team are all based within 1hr of our Derbyshire office and due to our growing workload, we are looking for a talented Senior Ecologist to join us and ideally add some new skills to the team.

You will be supported to help grow your area of interest, with the autonomy to manage your own Projects, developing your own role within the team. We encourage staff to manage their own workloads so they never become overwhelmed, including a short-term TOIL system to sensibly limit the number of night-time surveys & your time away. This approach has helped us to move away from crazy summers and quieter winters, by spreading project demands more evenly over the year.

You may be working in another consultancy or local authority and seeking the freedom to expand your horizons – or consolidate an area of interest which is currently untapped or unsupported. We are always open to new ideas, new technology and new ways of working.

You will ideally have at least 5 years consultancy experience, be comfortable speaking directly with clients and also able to manage a varied and dynamic workload. Quality and attention to detail is important – you will be able to prepare draft fee quotes and written reports to a high standard. The ability to undertake Extended Phase 1 Surveys (or UKHAB) is expected, alongside experience of undertaking a wide range of Phase 2 surveys for protected species.

Those candidates with a strong interest in botany / Biodiversity Net Gain, developing HRA expertise or licensed bat workers are strongly encouraged to apply, as we can offer excellent opportunities to help you develop these skills further.

What we can offer you:

We’re a small but highly effective team, who’ve always used remote working to give maximum flexibility so staff can find the best work/life balance. We’re focused on recruiting the best people with the right attitude – so your current (or preferred) location is not a limiting factor.

We offer a competitive salary of £28k – £36k (dependant on experience) plus a bonus scheme, alongside a range of other benefits, including 25 days of annual leave (plus an extra 3days for the Christmas closure) and a contributory pension scheme.

We’ve recently won two CIEEM awards, but don’t let that put you off! So whether you’re into research, passionate about a survey technique, interacting with clients or have a niche skill then get in touch.

We’re an equal opportunities employer and happy to consider a deferred start date and flexible or part-time hours for the right candidate, so we can attract the best talent.

For an informal chat and to learn more about the role, please call Gavin Ward on 07795 122 464. Alternatively, please email your CV and covering letter to