Principal Aquatic Ecologist

Hays Construction and Property
England, West Midlands, Birmingham
£45000.00 - £65000.00 per annum
Closing date
6 Dec 2022

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Principal Aquatic Ecologist - UK Flexible - Permanent Environmental Job - £45-£65k + Benefits

Your new company

My client is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. With over 100 years of engineering excellence and employing roughly 3,000 employees across the world, they provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading-edge and innovative cross-sector sustainable products and solutions. Every day, they enable their customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world.

With more than 40 years of heritage in addressing air quality, environmental and sustainability issues, their customers value them for their deep understanding and breadth of services covering the entire value chain from evidence, policy & strategy to implementation.

Your new role

  • Act as technical lead for the production of consent related technical assessments such as the Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), Water Framework Directive (WFD), European Protected Species (EPS) and/or Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) Assessment.
  • Provide technical leadership across the Ecology team to deliver inputs across all project stages from bidding/feasibility/optioneering, extensive field survey programming, detailed design and assessment.
  • Provide leadership that will drive and develop technically excellent services and identify new opportunities across the market to sustain continued growth and expansion in the team.
  • Have a willingness, appetite and enthusiasm for new challenges and for being central to the growth and continual technical development of the Ecology team.

What you'll need to succeed


  • A degree in a relevant subject, such as ecology or other biological sciences, and/or a relevant postgraduate qualification;
  • Have well founded commercial consultancy experience and a Full Membership of CIEEM and/or Chartered Ecologist status.
  • Extensive knowledge of UK and EU Wildlife Legislation, planning policies, licensing requirements and best practice survey techniques.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; be able to produce meticulous and accurate technical reports.
  • Excellent team working skills are therefore essential together with strong communication skills.
  • Be able to represent my client and its clients to key stakeholders, including wide-ranging technical engagement and consultation with regulators, local authorities, NGOs and the general public.


  • Post graduate qualification (Masters or Doctorate).
  • Experience in providing clients with the accurate and proportionate technical and consenting advice in relation to DCOs and significant infrastructure projects in the UK.
  • Experience in Project Direction and technical reviews.

What you'll get in return

This is an exciting and rewarding place to work and you have the opportunity to make a difference. You will work with teams of talented, dedicated, and supportive individuals. Alongside having a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with them through their broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development.

  • Competitive salary up to £65,000 before benefits
  • Flexible working w/ part time options
  • Wellbeing programmes
  • Importance placed on diversity & inclusion
  • 25 days' annual leave + 8 flexible bank holidays
  • Pension scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Professional subscription reimbursements
  • Flexible benefits available

What you need to do now
If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call me now.
If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact me for a confidential discussion on your career.

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Hays Civil Engineering is the UK’s leading recruitment company, with 50 years’ experience specialising in engineering roles. Across the UK, using our national network of 75 offices and teams of expert consultants, we match the right jobs to the right people every day. Highly trained civil engineers are in demand for both temporary contracts and on a permanent basis. We have the breadth and depth of knowledge and scale of operation to help you hire the people that can make a real difference to your bottom line.

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