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Senior / Principal Aquatic Ecologist


Leeds, United Kingdom

Job Summary
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior or Principal Aquatic Ecologist to join the Aquatic Ecology Team of a large and successful international consultancy with multidisciplinary offices throughout the UK. The successful applicant will be based in AECOM’s Leeds office and laboratory and will have a good understanding of all disciplines of freshwater ecology and in particular the sampling, identification and interpretation of macroinvertebrates and macrophytes in freshwater habitats.

The appointee will contribute to the broad range of projects undertaken by the aquatic ecology team, including baseline data collection for major infrastructure and utility projects, habitat restoration projects for regulators and the private sector, pollution response surveys and water quality investigations. A prime responsibility of the appointee will be to co-ordinate the activity of more junior members of the team in the field and laboratory, contribute to and review reports, develop monitoring strategies and provide specialist input to multi-disciplinary teams.

The appointee would also liaise with the aquatic team leader in the Basingstoke office to support a coherent nationwide approach.

The appointee would contribute to opportunities in aquatic ecology being developed by the company for a range of clients by:
Managing a team of aquatic ecologists based in AECOM’s Leeds office and laboratory facility
Support the Aquatic Ecology Team lead with business development
Provide a technical lead in the north of the UK for aquatic ecology; macroinvertebrates, macrophytes and aquatic habitat assessments.
Mentoring more junior staff, supporting their written, analytical and field skills and developing their identification techniques in all freshwater disciplines
Authoring and reviewing input to reports, devising monitoring strategies and working within multi-disciplinary teams to provide specialist input.
Developing data analysis and processing
Lead in the production of Environmental Impact Assessment documents in line with CIEEM guidelines
Developing project management skills by way of AECOM in-house training schemes
Undertaking other tasks to support the wider environmental business, as required.

Minimum Requirements
Demonstrable experience of leading on the production of ecological impact assessments and appropriate assessments
Demonstrable experience of contributing to and leading WFD (Biology) assessments
An understanding of the industry standard monitoring techniques and analyses for macroinvertebrates (RICT, BMWP, ASPT, WHPT) and macrophytes (MTR, CSM, Leafpacs)
Knowledge of legislation relating to the aquatic environment and its implementation, particularly the Water Framework Directive
Good personal time management, communication skills with internal and external clients and team members locally and nationally
Willingness to learn new skills and to be flexible in terms of travelling and working hours as AECOM projects can be distributed across the UK
A full UK driving licence.
Additional desirable but not essential attributes for the role:
Experience of surveying and identifying macrophytes, benthic diatoms, phytoplankton / zooplankton or fish would be advantageous
Protected Species Licences
ArcGIS experience
Phase 1 Habitat Survey
CSCS Card.

Preferred Qualifications
The appointee will be qualified to degree level in a relevant subject and have a minimum of six years’ experience in an aquatic ecology role
A higher degree in Aquatic Ecology or related discipline would be an advantage
Previous commercial and/or regulatory experience would be desirable
The appointee will be conversant with MS Word and Excel.

What We Offer
AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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