Senior/ Principal Ecologist
SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins is one of the world’s leading engineering, design and project management consultancies. We work on challenging and exciting projects across a range of market sectors including transportation, cities, water, energy and defense.
To meet our growing project workload we are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Senior/ Principal Ecologist to be based in our Warrington office.
Atkins currently has over 80 ecologists based in offices around the UK. We operate across the UK and internationally, and our services include ecological surveys, impact assessment, mitigation design, biodiversity matrices, ecological clerk-of-works, licensing and much more.
Atkins Ecology aims to be at the forefront of innovation and technological advances, and actively encourage staff to contribute and develop new ideas. Our team and projects have won awards and commendations for biodiversity enhancements, innovation and knowledge sharing, including winning the CIEEM 2018 Large-Scale Consultancy of the Year Award.
What you will be doing
- Managing and leading the ecological input to a varied range of projects across different sectors;
- Leading, planning and co-ordinating field surveys, analysing and interpreting survey results and planning and co-ordinating ecological mitigation works;
- Undertaking reporting including EPS licence applications and ecological impact assessments;
- Mentoring junior colleagues;
- Building client relationships and generating opportunities;
- Preparing bids and managing project budgets; and
- Collaborating with our multi-disciplinary teams within the region.
Do you have the following qualifications and/ or attributes:
- A degree in ecology or closely related field;
- Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). Chartered Ecologist or Chartered Environmentalist status would be an advantage (if not, we would expect you to be keen to work towards Chartered status);
- At least 5 years of experience in ecological consultancy;
- Good knowledge of UK and EU Wildlife Legislation, planning policies, licensing requirements and best practice survey techniques;
- Capable at undertaking Preliminary Ecological Appraisal, Ecological Impact Assessment, protected species development licence applications and implementation of mitigation on site;
- Demonstrable specialist ecological knowledge, such as botanical survey skills and/or survey skills for one or more protected species;
- Excellent communication skills;
- Experience of project co-ordination, production of bids and management of budget; and
- A full valid UK/EEC driving licence.
What we offer
Atkins strives to ensure their staff maintain a work-life balance, is supportive of flexible working arrangements and utilizes a TOIL system, which allows ecologists to manage their time alongside business need.Core benefits include 25 days annual leave in addition to bank/public holidays, company pension scheme, life assurance, Employee Assistance Programme and paid annual professional institution membership. In addition, Atkins operates a flexible benefits programme which includes the ability to buy up to 15 days of extra holiday each year, a cycle to work scheme and private health care, amongst many other options. Please refer to our website for details of our full benefits package.Atkins is committed to developing the knowledge and skills of our ecologists. As well as providing a training budget, the successful candidate will benefit from tailored mentoring and support towards achieving their career goals, such as Chartership and beyond.Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. Atkins recognises a range of career development paths and supports individuals to navigate through and across these providing opportunities that meet the most ambitious of aspirations. We offer a certified training Academy to develop staff to achieve Chartership within their chosen technical career and a professionals programme to ensure senior staff continue to develop their expertise. Staff development objectives are reviewed with individuals through an annual appraisal process, the outcome of which is a tailored and personal development plan for each member of our team.
Rewards and Benefits
We offer a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefits package, and an opportunity to develop and learn new skills in a supportive and friendly environment. For full details of our benefits package please refer to our website.
This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview.
If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.
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