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Principal Ecologist in Cumbria Westlakes, United Kingdom

AECOM

Cumbria, United Kingdom

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Job Summary

AECOM's Ecology team is currently looking to expand within the North West and we are looking to recruit a Senior Ecologis t to work out of our Manchester, Liverpool or Cumbria (Westlakes) offices.

The individual we are looking for will be ambitious team player with a strong aptitude for work winning, client care, project delivery and development of innovative, cost effective solutions in a working environment that is collaborative, stimulating and demanding.

The role will involve:

Opportunity to work on high profile, challenging and innovative projects involving terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats and species; and
Selling, managing and delivering specialist ecological services to major clients across the full range of ecological services including strategic planning, specialist ecological surveys, ecological impact assessment, options appraisal and provision of advice on biodiversity mitigation, offsetting and habitat enhancement.

This will include:

Working as part of the existing network of AECOM ecologists within the UK and Ireland;
Leading on winning a wide range of ecological work;
Supporting internal clients with delivering the ecological requirements within multi-disciplinary tenders and projects;
Assisting with managing the technical and financial performance of ecological and Environmental Impact Assessment projects;
Developing and promoting best practice and innovation across the ecology business;
Compliance with internal business management procedures, including in relation to health and safety and technical quality of all advice and outputs; and
Assisting with other administrative duties which add value to the management and development of the North Wales and North West England ecology team.

Minimum Requirements
Essential requirements for the successful candidates are:

Proactive and careful approach to Health and Safety, including first aid training certificate;
Technical and professional proficiency with a demonstrable history of winning and delivering ecology projects to a high standard, on time and within budgets;
Excellent knowledge of UK and EC wildlife legislation and policy, as well as Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA);
Professional, organised and thorough approach to work which demonstrates an attention to detail;
Strong and versatile problem solving and inter-personal skills, including motivating others;
Proven ability to work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and clients, as well as to manage own time;
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, in particular, the ability to write concise technical reports;
Possess, or able to obtain, appropriate security clearances;
Familiarity with project management procedures and protocols, including the checking and approval of proposals and project outputs;
Experience in one or more of the following areas: botanical identification, undertaking Phase 1 Habitat / NVC surveys, protected species surveys, preferably breeding and wintering birds and/or bats;
Electronic data capture, analysis and presentation;

Preferred Qualifications

To include at least some of the following:
Recognised degree in a biological, science or related discipline – a relevant post graduate qualification in the one of these would be advantageous;
Full Member of CIEEM or similar professional body; or eligible to qualify for this status;
Chartered with a professional accreditation/ registration body;
Holder of relevant protected species survey (and mitigation licences), or ability and willingness to work towards holding such licences;
Licensed to drive a vehicle in the UK

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