Terrestrial Biodiversity Manager (Digby Wells Environmental)

At Digby Wells Environmental, we are passionate about what we do and are extremely fortunate to be able to Make A Difference in the lives of our colleagues, clients, the communities we engage with, and the environment. We are looking for someone who will be responsible for managing and developing a global team of terrestrial and botany ecologists and deliver high quality services to our clients and relevant stakeholders.

Job description: –

  • Undertake ecological assessments to inform development planning and to meet environmental authorisation requirements.
  • Undertake vegetation assessments including veld condition assessments and alien plant surveys to inform planning.
  • Familiarity with biodiversity offset principles, both within the local context and global best-practice.
  • Provide technical expertise and support to the team and our clients in recognising potential offset entities and appropriate metrics to measure success .
  • Compile and review specialist reports as well as project proposals.
  • Maintain an awareness of country-specific legislation and the potential impact to the various projects.
  • Work in close collaboration with specialists from other disciplines.
  • Co-ordinate and carry out field work under strenuous conditions.
  • Liaise with clients and authorities.
  • Compile and write reports for submission to the client and necessary authorities.
  • Ensure the team maintains a high-quality standard in the services provided and produces defensible deliverables.
  • Continuously improve and develop the services offered within the Department, including species-species specific monitoring programmes.
  • Carry out field work under strenuous conditions.

Departmental Management

  • Manage the Recruitment and Selection process for the department in line with your workforce plan.
  • Facilitate the appropriate onboarding process for all new employees.
  • Manage the performance management and probation processes for the team.
  • Provide mentorship to and develop the team.
  • Report on departmental performance at various levels.
  • Manage financial expenditure for the department against the budget.
  • Effective workload and resource management for the department.
  • Ensure that the department achieves revenue targets.

Business Development and Marketing

  • Develop a business plan for the department which includes services and selling opportunities.
  • Act as a key account manager where required, identifying business opportunities and ensure that a client centric approach is maintained.
  • Identify leads within the department and organise, plan and track proposals in response.
  • Co-ordinate and submit proposals.


  • M.Sc. degree in Zoology or similar field of study.
  • Six or more years’ experience in the relevant field, preferably within the consulting environment would be beneficial.

Work Experience:

  • At least five years conducting specialist studies.
  • At least five years working in the resources industry.
  • International experience would be beneficial for endemic species identification and determination of ecological condition (or functional integrity).
  • Two or more years’ experience managing a small team would be beneficial.