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ECOLOGIST

Role: Ecologist, permanent and full time

Salary: Competitive, dependent on skills and experience

Location: Preston, Lancashire

Our Company: ERAP (Consultant Ecologists) Ltd is an established and well-respected consultancy based in Preston, Lancashire.  Following another successful year, we’re seeking an enthusiastic and committed Ecologist to join our friendly team.

Our recognised ability to provide practical advice has secured a wide range of projects and an enviable list of clients.  Our projects range from preparation of Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) for large housing schemes to licensed bat surveys to inform householder extensions.

We have a varied portfolio of schemes where we have had the ability to make a real difference and influence the design and outcome of a scheme to achieve the protection of wildlife, habitats and sites, whilst satisfying our client’s requirements.

Our Team:  Our current team of five permanent Ecologists and seasonal sub-contractors work collaboratively to efficiently manage workloads and project diversity.  Relevant training is regarded as a priority and staff members receive regular appraisals to help career goals and training gaps to be achieved.

Your Role:  The successful candidate will be expected to be able to work at a high level in terms of technical expertise and delivery of work to deadlines.  A comprehensive understanding of the UK regulatory system in respect of wildlife is essential.

The main role will be to, carry out Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, protected species surveys (including nocturnal surveys for bat activity), map preparation (including use of QGIS software), undertake desktop studies, report writing and preparation of information to support other team members.  An Ecologist is also required to provide an on-site Ecological Clerk of Works role including the design and implementation of licensed mitigation for protected species.

Qualifications, Skills & Experience Required:

  • Degree or post-graduate degree (or equivalent) in an ecology or related field
  • Minimum 2 years in practice experience
  • Field skills in botany and protected species survey
  • Membership of CIEEM or equivalent (or eligibility)
  • Project management and report writing
  • Experience of undertaking or managing Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) roles
  • Good understanding of wildlife legislation and the UK planning system
  • Full UK driving licence
  • Excellent communication, team working and time management skills

Desirable:

  • Experience of preparing successful mitigation licence applications
  • Licensed bat surveyor
  • CSCS card holder
  • Participation in local naturalist groups (e.g. local bat group)
  • An up to date log book of experience gained towards registration under a protected species survey licence
  • Experience of BREEAM and biodiversity metrics

Benefits:

  • Valued contribution to a small team and ability to make a difference
  • Flexible working arrangements, particularly during the busy survey season
  • Options to take overtime as time in lieu or paid overtime
  • Paid for CIEEM membership
  • Encouragement to attain the next CIEEM membership grade
  • Opportunity to attend relevant training courses and events
  • Staff appraisal programme

We would love to hear from you if you’re interested in becoming a valued member of our team.

If you would like to discuss this role and opportunity please call 01772 750502.

To apply for this role please send your CV and covering letter by 14th February 2019 to victoria.burrows@erap.co.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you.