Senior / Principal Consultant – Terrestrial Ecologist (Ricardo Energy & Environment)

Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Energy & Environment, one of Ricardo plc’s five operating business units, is a leader in sustainability consultancy, solving complex environmental challenges through industry-leading analysis, advice and data. With more than 40 years of heritage in addressing air quality, environmental and sustainability issues, our customers value us for our deep understanding and breadth of services covering the entire value chain from evidence, policy & strategy to implementation.

We are looking for an experienced Terrestrial Ecologist at Senior or Principal Consultant grade to join our team. You will join colleagues in providing technical support on a variety of ecology projects, across a wide range of clients in the water, developer, infrastructure and public sectors.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Your role will involve project management and implementation of ecological assessments, plus the coordination of associated surveys, consultation and mitigation in support of our clients’ proposals and operations.
  • You will be involved in managing the technical work of more junior staff and sub-consultants and (depending on experience) managing projects and their direction too. There will also be team leadership opportunities as the team expands.
  • The nature of the role and the dynamic of the team provides a wealth of opportunities to explore your interests and carry out a range of tasks and functions within terrestrial ecology, as well as a range of related disciplines.

Key competencies and experience:

  • In depth knowledge of UK and EU Wildlife Legislation, planning policies, licensing requirements and best practice survey techniques.
  • Capable at leading PEA, EcIA and HRA; WRMP options appraisal understanding and/or experience would be an advantage.
  • Leading, planning and co-ordinating field surveys, analysing and interpreting survey results and planning and co-ordinating ecological mitigation works.
  • Multiple protected species survey licences (ideally in both England and Wales).
  • Experience of applying for and holding licenses for protected species mitigation/conservation.
  • Experience of writing thorough and complex reports and assessments, such as HRA stages 1 – 4 and Environmental Statement chapters.
  • A track-record of successful project management.
  • Experience in the preparation of ecology proposals and tenders.
  • A chartered member of a professional body (e.g. CEnv or CEcol)
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; be able to produce meticulous and accurate technical reports as well as communicate confidently with a variety of clients and stakeholders
  • Be organised with proven ability to multi-task and handle several projects simultaneously.

Desirable experience

  • Have experience of leading and motivating a team of both site and office-based staff.
  • Have a proven work winning track record, experience of preparing bids and tenders and generating new business opportunities.
  • Mentoring junior colleagues.
  • Building client relationships and generating opportunities.
  • Preparing bids and managing project budgets.
  • Collaborating with our multi-disciplinary teams within the region.

Skills and behaviours:

  • A self-starter, as you’ll be part of a small and very busy team. Excellent team working skills are therefore essential together with strong communication skills, sound understanding of ecological impact assessment and a close attention to detail.
  • Whilst fieldwork skills are needed for this role, there will be a large component of office-based coordination, data analysis, client contact and report writing.
  • This is a fast-paced and challenging environment offering you the opportunity to make your mark. You will have support from the wider business for your career to develop into a wide range of future opportunities within Ricardo Energy & Environment.

Wellbeing and work life balance

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that’s working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We’re happy to discuss flexible working arrangements.

Ricardo: Senior / Principal – Terrestrial Ecologist