Senior or Principal Ecologist




Job Role: Senior/Principal Ecologist

Organisation: Ecolocation

Salary: Commensurate with experience and role

Reference: LB/Ecolocation/GBa&e vacancies/Senior /Principal Ecologist

Location: Home-based preferably within 1 hour of Coventry

Hours: Full time/flexible (can be discussed)

Position type: Permanent

Closing date: 12 noon on Monday 23rd November

Ecolocation have an exciting opportunity for a Senior/Principal Ecologist to join their team and help to drive the business forward. Part of this role will be to cover 12 months of mater

nity leave during January to December 2021. We would like the candidate to start as soon as possible. We are happy to consider reduced hours or flexible working; what we’re really keen on is for you to be the right person for the job with the right skills to complement our existing team.

About Us

Ecolocation is the ecological arm of GBa&e, a wider multi-disciplinary practice providing ecological services and arboricultural services, architecture and development consultancy.  Our clients include agents for planning applications, Local Authorities, churches, commercial organisations, private individuals, etc. We’re a small but friendly team and the best bit is that the majority of our work is in the Midlands and rarely requires any working away from home.

The role of Senior/Principal Ecologist

You will lead a small team of ecologists and help to nurture client relationships.  You will work on a range of small- to medium-sized projects, liaising effectively with clients, tendering for pr

ojects, completing a range of ecological surveys and impact assessments. You will also mentor and provide support to junior members of staff.

Primarily, we are looking for a candidate with a level 2 bat survey licence and to have been the Named Ecologist on bat mitigation licence applications in recent years.


  • Sound commercial awareness
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience of effective client liaison
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Experience of providing successful project tenders
  • Excellent understanding of ecology in the planning process
  • Level 2 bat survey licence
  • Named Ecologist on a bat mitigation licence in recent years
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Full driving licence and access to a car
  • Willingness to work unsociable hours


  • Additional protected species licence
  • Line management experience
  • Experience of implementing health and safety policies

What we can offer a Senior/Principal Ecologist

  • 95% of our jobs are within commuting distance of our base; only on rare occasions will you be required to stay away overnight
  • Training to support your CIEEM CPD requirements
  • Payment of relevant professional membership fees
  • Payment of bonus for gaining protected species survey licences
  • Provision of personal protective equipment as required
  • Package of support via Employee Assistance Programme
  • Regular supervision meetings
  • Laptop and phone

To apply, please send a cv and covering letter by email explaining why you are suitable for the role to:

Closing date: 12 noon on Monday 23rd November

Interview date: Conducted remotely via MS Teams on Friday 27th November