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Senior Ecologist

The Opportunity: Passionate about preserving natural habitats and looking to apply your ecological expertise to a new challenge? We are recruiting for an experienced Senior Ecologist to successfully lead a team to adopt sustainable practices and drive meaningful change. Holding proven expertise and knowledge in this sector, you will confidently and professionally lead on all technical aspects, collaborating within the departments and fostering a culture of continual development and knowledge exchange throughout the business. Working across both of our client's offices in Central England, you will have every opportunity to really make a name for yourself, enhance personal growth, and contribute to a business experiencing notable expansion and success.

The Company:A reputable horticultural and forestry business, offering a variety of consultancy services tailored to the sector, along with bespoke woodland and garden design and management advice. At the heart of the business is a commitment to sustainability and natural capital, which runs deep through everyday practices.

Role Responsibilities:

  • To lead and manage the ecology team, providing advice and mentoring support where necessary
  • To provide the technical support on ecological projects
  • To prepare technical reports including e.g. Ecological Impact Assessments and protected species licensing etc.
  • To liaise with stakeholders and clients, providing technical advice and regularly attending meetings
  • To develop and contribute to fee proposals, projects and other areas of the consultancy business
  • To contribute to sales, growing the customer base and increasing the brand awareness of the business
  • To deliver training to the team and lead external CPD sessions

Skills you will need:


  • A degree in ecology, environmental science, or related subject
  • A protected species licence (bats or dormice preferred)
  • Proven experience of DEFRA Biodiversity Metric and site appraisals
  • Experience in managing projects at large, complex sites, as well as managing survey teams and subcontractors
  • Knowledge of current environmental legislation and planning system
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • The capacity to convey complex information to a range of audiences
  • A team player who can work collaboratively across the business
  • The ability to lead a team successfully
  • A commitment to environmental conservation and the promotion of sustainable practices
  • Adaptable and flexible approach, responding to the needs of the business
  • Proficient IT skills
  • A UK driving licence


  • Chartered membership of CIEEM (or working towards)
  • Registered under Natural England Bat Class Licence
  • Experience in electronic data collection or GIS mapping

Remuneration: A competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with candidate's experience, to include; company vehicle, enhanced pension scheme, professional development and access to discounted holiday houses.

Are you interested? If you are interested in this role and would like to know more about it, please contact Becky on the details below.

Sector: Horticulture/ Forestry
Role: Senior Ecologist
Location: Central England
Job Ref: CR 1888

Contact: Becky Erskine
07851 629830

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