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Graduate Ecologist (experienced) - 3 month fixed term contract


Cardiff, United Kingdom

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world.

The Arup West Region comprises the South West of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with offices in Bristol, Cardiff and Belfast. The region provides the majority of the diverse range of skills which form the Arup offer; the scale of the West operation is, intentionally, larger than the market dictates with 700 staff across the three offices, enabling large and complex projects to be undertaken within and outside the region. As a result staff benefit from opportunities across a range of projects both from a skills and location point of view.

We require a Graduate Ecologist to join our existing ecology team in the Arup Cardiff office, which forms part of a UK network of over 40 ecologists. You will be a key member of this diverse and versatile multi-disciplinary group of environmental consultants and other professionals. Your skills will be instrumental in delivering high quality ecological services within the region and beyond, benefitting from opportunities across a range of project locations and types.

You will have opportunities to further develop your technical and project delivery skills and contribute to Arup’s UK-wide network of specialist ecologists. We have a secured workload of projects, including some of the biggest infrastructure schemes in the region and the country, and further opportunities for growth and, as such, require an individual to develop our growing capabilities.


This role is for a Graduate Ecologist, based mainly in the Arup Cardiff office, with occasional travel to other offices and work locations in the West Region and beyond. The role is for an initial three-month period, but we may review the need to extend the role as work profile permits.

The successful individual will be expected to work closely with the existing ecology team, from project inception through to delivery, at all project scales. You will contribute to the production of high-quality outputs to tight timescales and budget requirements. Responsibilities will include assisting in planning and implementation of a range of ecological field surveys, as well as various reporting tasks.

Excellent communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively will be essential. You will be a practical and pragmatic individual, able to respond to client needs and develop innovative solutions to challenging problems.

Requirements and skills


• Bachelor Degree in Ecology or related subject. Master’s Degree or PhD would be advantageous.

Essential Skills and Knowledge:

• A genuine interest and enthusiasm for ecology and biodiversity
• A sound understanding of legislation and policy that underpins our services
• Experience in undertaking field surveys for protected species and/or habitats within the UK
• Ability to complete such ecological field surveys, generally working alongside other ecologists, at various locations around the UK
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Proven ability to work well within teams and be adaptable to changing work situations
• Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines and to work on multiple projects
• Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office range of software and tablet technology
• Full driving licence.

Desirable skills and knowledge:

• Professional ecology experience in a consultancy environment.
• Graduate membership of CIEEM
• Experience in protected species mitigation (bats, great crested newts, dormice etc.).
• Experience in Phase 1 Habitat Survey and/or Phase 2 vegetation survey work, notably NVC.

Reward and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary at all levels, and one of the best benefits package in our sector.

Core benefits include cover under the UK Healthcare Plan (private medical insurance), Life Assurance, Accident Insurance, and Income Protection (long term disability) cover. Core benefits are funded by us and made available to all permanent and specific term staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical and mental wellbeing. Although specific-term employees cannot access the firm’s Flexible Benefit scheme, you will benefit from receiving the grade-related flex fund as additional cash.


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