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Inspired Ecology are seeking an enthusiastic new staff member to join our friendly team on a full-time (37.5 hours), permanent basis. We are looking to recruit a new team member at any level, so would welcome applicants with any amount of experience within ecological consultancy.

 

About us

We are a small ecological consultancy based in Lincolnshire. Our work is varied and is mainly located around Lincolnshire and the East Midlands, though we occasionally work further afield. Collectively we have over forty years’ experience in ecological surveying and consultancy.

As we are a small team who work closely together, there are opportunities to get involved with a wide range of projects. That said, many of our projects are smaller developments, with the team having extensive experience in surveying historic buildings and churches. We work with a range of clients, from developers and farmers to local authorities and private individuals, and on projects of various sizes. The team work from home to produce professional ecological reports and advise clients with outstanding customer service.

The position

We are seeking an enthusiastic new member of the team to just us here at Inspired Ecology on a permanent basis. We are looking to recruit a new team member at any level, so would welcome applicants with any amount of experience within ecological consultancy.

The role will be home-based and will involve a mix of fieldwork alongside report writing. Duties will include undertaking ecological walkover surveys and surveys for protected species. Many protected species surveys (particularly for bats and great crested newt) will be undertaken at unsocial hours, so applicants must be willing to work flexibly and outside of normal office hours (09:00-17:00). The post-holder will drive to and from survey sites in their own car.

Report-writing skills are essential as the post-holder will produce a variety of different types of reports. The post-holder will work from home to produce reports and undertake other office-work, so must have excellent organisational skills and the ability to manage their own workload. Reports are produced in Microsoft Word, with regular use of other software within the Microsoft Office package. There is the potential to incorporate GIS mapping within the position, using MapInfo Pro, so it would be beneficial to have experience of using this software.

The post-holder will liaise with a range of clients and work on a diverse portfolio of projects. Knowledge of ecology, legislation and ID skills for species found in England is therefore essential, in order to provide accurate information in reports and advise clients. Communication skills are key, both to keep appraised of company activities and to be comfortable with regular communication with clients.

Although this is a full-time (37.5 hours) position, part-time hours could be considered for the right candidate.

Benefits

In addition to being part of a small, friendly team and having opportunities to work on a diverse portfolio of projects, other benefits of the role include a generous CPD budget and payment of fees for both CIEEM professional membership and Natural England class licence applications and renewals. The post-holder will manage their own workload within the working week, with TOIL offered when additional hours are worked.

Salary is dependent on the level for which the candidate is most suited for and the experience of the applicant.

About you

Candidates applying for a position at any level should meet the following essential criteria:

  • Knowledge of species ID, ecology and legislation in England
  • Excellent reporting and communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Positive attitude and flexible worker, with organisational skills and ability to manage own workload
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Full driving licence and access to own transport (insured for business use)

Desirable attributes and experience for higher level roles include:

  • BSc or equivalent in ecology, conservation, environment, biology, or wildlife-related subject
  • Experience in ecological consultancy, including undertaking Phase 1 Habitat surveys and surveys for protected species
  • Experience of writing Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Habitats Regulations Assessments and Biodiversity Management Plans
  • Experience of producing Biodiversity Net Gain Assessments and Construction Environmental Management Plans
  • CIEEM professional membership
  • Acted as Named Ecologist on Natural England European Protected Species Licences
  • Protected species survey licences, particularly for bats and/or great crested newt
  • Experience as an Ecological Clerk of Works
  • GIS skills (ideally MapInfo Pro)
Applications

Please apply in the first instance via e-mail with a one-page covering letter and CV to Ian Nixon ian@inspiredecology.co.uk. For more information about the position, please contact Ian direct.

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