Environmental Jobs in Ireland

Ecologist / Senior Ecologist

by admin - June 3rd, 2020.
Filed under: Consultancy, Ecology, Environmental Impact Assessment, Fisheries, Full-time, GIS, Habitat Surveys, Ornithology, Permanent, Project Management, Zoology.

Employer: bwecology
Location: Derry City, Northern Ireland
Job Type: Full-time, permanent
Salary: Competitive
Closing Date: June 30th 2020 

Our company

A rare opportunity has arisen for a motivated ecologist to join BW Consultant Engineer Ltd., one of Northern Ireland’s leading Environmental and Ecological Consultants.  We are a growing company, and have created a reputation for excellence and high-quality professional standards that ensures the sustainable advance of infrastructure projects across the island of Ireland.

We provide clients with efficient, well-targeted, and technically competent services that benefit sustainable development projects and the conservation management of natural habitats, native species and ecosystem function.

Working throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, offering a wide range of services with strengths across terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecology.  We are experienced in the planning and development sector and work on challenging government funded projects that are located at protected or sensitive locations.

Specific duties to include

  • Working with the planning team at the design stage of new projects to identify biodiversity constraints and survey requirements.
  • Carrying out PEAR, field surveys, habitat mapping, QGIS analysis, and species-specific surveys for badger, otter, birds, bats, mammals, invertebrates and electrofishing.
  • Feeding into baseline information for development sites using desktop research and the results of field surveys.
  • Development and design of biodiversity enhancement measures, mitigation measures and monitoring requirements for new development sites.
  • Compile technically competent and excellent quality ecological reports for clients that are well presented, robust in content and address the clients’ briefs. These will include, but not be limited to, habitat and species survey reports, Appropriate Assessment screening reports, Natura Impact Statements and Environmental Statement Chapters.
  • Undertake Ecological Clerk of Works function, with support and guidance from the company’s Principal and Senior Ecologists.
  • Collate, store and manage ecological data.
  • Provide accurate and well researched advice and guidance to clients as and when required, with support from Principal and Senior Ecologists within the company and the wider ecologist community, and in accordance with the relevant legislation and statutory guidance.
  • Ensure that all activities are undertaken in accordance with the company’s health and safety policy and procedures and, in particular, that risk assessments are completed appropriately and fully.
  • Manage personal time and project delivery in an organised and proactive manner to ensure the smooth delivery of projects and running.
  • Work as a team member and share expertise, knowledge and learning with colleagues and internships.
  • Supporting the Senior & Project Ecologist(s) in the delivery of a wide range of projects.
  • Assisting with planning and resourcing of ecological surveys and species identification.
  • Contributing to providing sound ecological advice to clients within your areas of expertise.
  • Assisting with producing meticulous and accurate reports for clients on time and within budget.
  • Assisting with data requests, and reporting on data searches
  • Assisting with data entry and digital mapping.
  • Supporting senior staff in the management and development of client relationships.
  • Assisting with business development, including generating repeat business.

Minimum qualifications and skill

  • A relevant degree (BSc/BA).
  • A minimum of 2 years professional experience.
  • Membership of a relevant professional institute. i.e. CIEEM.
  • Proficient in the use of GIS (QGIS).
  • Full driving license
  • A robust understanding of nationally recognised best practice survey and evaluation guidelines for a full range of Irish (and UK) species and habitat.
  • Experience of providing Ecological Clerk of Works services for habitats and/or protected species.
  • Ability to produce accurate and competitive fee proposals, in line with best practice guidelines, which meet the clients’ requirements.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience of habitat surveys and protected species assessments.
  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout Ireland and the UK (as required) for work, and work unsociable hours at times, where required.
  • Ability to manage projects, including financial management to ensure project profitability.
  • Capable at working well as part of a small and growing team
  • Fluent in undertaking Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEAs) and extended phase 1 habitat surveys.
  • Highly adaptable, flexible and has a “can do” attitude, including ability to work flexible hours and nocturnal surveys.
  • A good level of physical ability to undertake strenuous survey work in remote locations.
  • Experience of using Kaleidoscope Pro analysis software.

We are offering

  • Salary is competitive depending on competence, experience and qualifications.
  • Shared Access to Company Vehicles.
  • Training and career mentoring to support your continued development.
  • Potential to relocate to an affordable area with a high quality of living.
  • The chance to work with a dedicated, dynamic team of ecologists.
  • Strong ties with local universities.
  • Well-equipped offices in a highly scenic location, with nearby several beaches, fishing rivers, golf courses, mountain ranges, surfing locations, local airport, leisure facilities and a vibrant social scene.

Starting Salary range:


How to Apply

Please send your CV, together with covering letter (max. 2 side A4) explaining why you are right for this opportunity, what you can add to our company and when you will be available to start to:

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an initial interview by video call (zoom or skype).

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