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Inspired Ecology is looking to hire an enthusiastic Senior Ecologist to join the team on a full-time (37.5 hours), permanent basis.

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. 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 looking for a Senior Ecologist to join the team here at Inspired Ecology on a permanent basis. 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, including Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEAs), Habitats Regulations Assessments (HRAs), Biodiversity Management Plans (BMPs), Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) Assessments, and Construction Environmental Management Plans (CEMPs). 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. Ideally, the candidate will have GIS experience in either MapInfo Pro or QGIS and can produce Phase 1 survey maps, though experience of this is not a prerequisite for the position.

The post-holder will liaise with a range of clients and manage a diverse portfolio of projects. Knowledge of species ID and legislation 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.

Salary is negotiable, dependent on experience.

About you

We are looking for candidates who meet the following criteria:

Essential

  • BSc or equivalent in ecology, conservation, environment, biology, or wildlife-related subject
  • CIEEM professional membership
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in consultancy
  • Experience of undertaking Phase 1 Habitat surveys and surveys for protected species
  • Experience of writing PEAs, HRAs and BMPs
  • Working knowledge of species ID and legislation in England
  • Level 2 bat survey licence (or higher)
  • Full driving licence and access to own transport
  • 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

Desirable

  • Experience of producing BNG Assessments and CEMPs
  • Acted as Named Ecologist on Natural England European Protected Species Licences
  • Other protected species survey licences, such as great crested newt
  • Experience as an Ecological Clerk of Works
  • GIS skills (MapInfo Pro or QGIS preferred)

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.

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