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Ecologist

by admin - January 6th, 2021.
Filed under: Botany, Consultancy, Contract, Ecology, Environmental Impact Assessment, Full-time, Geography, GIS, Habitat Surveys, Natural Capital, Planning, Zoology.

Employer: Arup
Location: Belfast
Salary: Competitive Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world.

A career at Arup offers you the chance to make a positive difference in the world. Independently owned and independently minded, Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment. We offer a broad range of professional services that combine to make a real difference to our clients and the communities in which we work. For more than 70 years, we have helped bring to life groundbreaking projects across the globe.

We are truly global, and our 15,000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants around the world delivering innovative projects with creativity and passion.

The Role

We are currently looking to recruit an ecologist on a full-time contract. They will be based in Belfast. You will work as part of a team of 7 experienced ecologists within Arup’s North region, within a wider multi-disciplinary consulting team to deliver an effective and professional service to a range of clients. Projects can vary significantly in nature and duration, which helps to provide a diverse working environment.

This is a varied role, and your day-to-day responsibilities could include the following:

  • Managing the ecological input of projects, including client meetings, project delivery and budgets, preparation of bids and tenders;
  • Preparation of clear and concise reports, including Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEA), Species Survey Reports, Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA), Habitats Regulations Appraisals (HRA) and Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) Assessments;
  • Providing clients and team members with technical advice on subjects including survey requirements, mitigation requirements and habitat creation;
  • Field survey work, such as Phase 1 Habitat/UKHab surveys (including condition scoring for BNG assessments and invasive species) and protected species surveys (e.g., for great crested newt, bats and badger). Data analysis of survey results;
  • Opportunities to get invovled in areas such as Biodiversity Net Gain and Natural Capital;
  • Liaising with clients and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Presentation of data using ArcGIS;
  • Opportunities for flexible working,

Due to the nature of our work you will have the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills throughout your employment.

The position is based in the Belfast office and may entail travelling across Scotland and the north of England as required (depending on Covid-19 restrictions), assisting teams in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Newcastle on a regular basis.

Requirements and skills

We encourage our ecologists to demonstrate drive and motivation, a willingness to keep learning about the industry and a desire to effectively deliver an excellent service to our clients.

As such, we are looking for the following qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience in you:

Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelors degree in a relevant subject, such as Ecology, Zoology, Geography or Biology (or equivalent);
  • A postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline, such as an MSc in Environmental Consultancy, is advantageous but not essential;
  • Membership of CIEEM, or equivalent professional body and seeking to work towards Chartership;
  • Post qualification experience, most of which will have been gained within a planning or environmental/ecological consultancy area, preferably in EcIA and HRA/AA
  • Experience in designing, carrying out ecological surveys and delivering EcIA and AA is essential
  • A full driving licence is essential;
  • Experience with protected species survey licence(s)
  • Transferable Skills, Knowledge and Experience
  • Experience of having worked in the consulting industry previously;
  • Strong team-working skills;
  • Strong commercial awareness
  • Experience of having used ArcGIS software.

Reward and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary at all levels, and one of the best benefits packages in our sector.

Core benefits include cover under the UK Healthcare Plan (private medical insurance), Life Assurance, Accident Insurance, and Income Protection (long term disability) cover. Core benefits are funded by us and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical, and mental wellbeing. You will also have access to a grade-related Flexible Benefits Fund which you can choose to take as extra cash or spend on a wide range of Choice Benefits to help with your work/life balance and financial security.

In addition, all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme. Subject to scheme rules employees can receive two Profit Share payments per year, which are dependent on the firm’s financial performance.

Shape your time

At Arup, you’ll be a welcomed member of the team with opportunities to participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador) or by joining one of our staff networks for women, culture or LGBT+ people.  You’ll have access to a range of flexible working options – whether you’re a parent,  a carer, a student, or just have a busy lifestyle –  we recognise it’s not always easy to commit to standard working hours so  if you’re interested in flexible start and finish times, working from home or working part-time, please let us know when you apply, and we’ll discuss how this could work in your role.

Equality and diversity

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcome all qualified applicants. You will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to sex, race, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status. We recognise that not all disabilities are visible and will make reasonable adjustments to cater for diverse applicants in the selection and assessment process.

What happens next?

If this could be the next step in your journey, please apply online. All applications will be considered, and we will try our very best to respond to you within 72 hours of receiving your application.

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