Environmental Jobs in Ireland

Consultant Ecologist

by admin - May 27th, 2019.
Filed under: Botany, Consultancy, Ecology, Environmental Impact Assessment, Freshwater Ecology, Full-time, Habitat Surveys, Non-Internship Vacancies, Ornithology, Zoology.

Employer: Scott Cawley Ltd.
Location: Dublin
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: Not dislcosed
Closing Date: June 7th 2019 

Scott Cawley Ltd is seeking to fill a vacancy for a Consultant Ecologist, based at their offices in Dublin. This is an exciting opportunity to join one of Ireland’s longest established specialist ecological consultancies. We have unparalleled experience and expertise in providing ecological survey and impact assessment services, as well as training in biodiversity and development of local biodiversity action plans. You can find out more about us at

Our current team of 12 includes two directors, three senior ecologists, six additional ecologists and an office administrator.

Candidates must have between 1 and 5 years in professional ecological consultancy and an honours degree in ecology or related discipline.


To carry out a range of ecological consultancy services which will include:

  • Carrying out habitat surveys and multidisciplinary ecological surveys of sites around the island of Ireland, including unsupervised and/or in remote locations.
  • Assisting in, or carrying out specialist ecological surveys and monitoring (e.g. badgers, otters, bats, ornithology, habitat restoration / rehabilitation, woodland management plans etc.).
  • Preparing digital maps and collecting background data as required.
  • Carrying out and/or contributing to Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) and Appropriate Assessment reports (AA screenings, Natura Impact Statements).
  • Preparation of Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) and Appropriate Assessment reports (AA, NIS, NIR) from start to finish which will include carrying out site surveys / assessments, specialist ecological surveys when required (e.g. Q sampling, bat surveys, NVC/community vegetation assessments, badger / otter surveys etc.).
  • Compiling EcIA and AA reports on the likely impacts of proposed developments (e.g. residential, commercial, shopping and office schemes, hotels, marinas, port related development, road schemes and other infrastructure development, pharmaceutical operations, hospitals, quarries, windfarms etc.) and recommending appropriate mitigation measures.
  • Working closely with other members of staff and multi-disciplinary design teams to provide appropriate ecological design solutions.  This will require dealing with project team members (engineers, architects, planners, environmental consultants, hydrologists, archaeologists, landscape architects etc.) and addressing environmental, planning and development-related issues including those outside of the field of ecology.
  • Consultation with relevant stakeholders including: central government departments, planning authorities, Heritage and Biodiversity officers, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Inland Fisheries Ireland and other public bodies.
  • Working with other staff members and sub-consultants as part of ecological survey teams.
  • Reporting regularly to other staff and/or directors on significant issues arising in projects.

The role will be varied and while the main focus will be on ecology, there will also be a requirement to input into a range of other areas such as assisting in researching and preparing fee proposals and conducting routine office administrative duties.  You will be expected to keep abreast of current best practice in the field which may involve reading up on current topics, attending training, conferences and lectures etc.

Candidates must possess:

  • A minimum of 1 year professional experience in ecological consultancy.
  • An honours degree in ecology or a related biological / environmental science discipline.
  • A passion for ecology, working outdoors in all conditions and a scientific approach to work.
  • Good working knowledge of Irish and EU wildlife and planning legislation.
  • Good working knowledge of habitat and species survey design and implementation to relevant industry best practice guidelines
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • A proven track record in excellent communication, organisational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work well in a busy environment unsupervised and using own initiative.
  • Ability to take instruction and willingness to learn new skills.
  • Flexible friendly attitude and willingness to adapt to the changing needs of a small but fast growing business.
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for the field of work.
  • Commitment to a high level of client care and service delivery; and
  • Commercial awareness of the ecological consultancy market.

Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management membership highly desirable.


  • Varied and diverse work tasks in a dynamic and growing company
  • Opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • Being part of a small growing business with a flexible and friendly work environment


  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Employers contribution towards the cost of private health insurance (dependent on results of medical check)*
  • Company pension scheme with employer’s contribution*
  • Long-term illness benefit*
  • Death in service benefit
  • Work clothing allowance
  • Opportunities for training and professional development

* provisional on passing probation period


Apply by June 7th 2019 by return of CV and completed application form to

To find out more about us and the job opportunity go to where you can download the application form.

*Please mention when applying for this position.*


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