Environmental Jobs in Ireland

Ecologist / Senior Ecologist

by admin - April 26th, 2020.
Filed under: Ecology, Environmental Impact Assessment, Full-time, GIS, Habitat Surveys, Ornithology, Project Management, Zoology.

Employer: EcoÉireann Ltd
Location: Cork/Dublin
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: €25,708-33,242 (depending on experience)
Closing Date: Friday 15 May 2020 

EcoÉireann Ltd is looking to recruit an experienced Ecologist / Senior Ecologist to join our growing consultancy, operating throughout Ireland and the UK.  The successful candidate must be passionate about wildlife whilst demonstrating commitment to our ethos of delivering pragmatic services to our clients. In return, we will offer you the opportunity to work on a variety of projects from small developments to some of the largest constructions sites in Ireland and you will benefit from being part of the wider EcoNorth family.

Job Role:

To undertake fee proposals, ecological survey work, GIS, report writing and project management to a high standard on a commercial basis for ecological contracts, contributing to the operation of a profitable, sustainable business.

To deal with clients and colleagues in a professional, competent and friendly manner and deliver work safely, adhering to the company’s health and safety policy and procedures at all times.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Hold a specialism in at least one protected species, with an accompanying license and/or habitats and/or invasive species, to take a lead on projects that relate to that specialist area as directed by Line Manager.
  • Project manage and deliver ecological contracts to a high standard.
  • Project manage and deliver any non-ecological projects to a high standard, such as GIS orientated activity, as directed by Line Manager.
  • Draw up and communicate accurate and well-designed fee proposals, utilising EcoÉireann’s fee structure, to potential clients.
  • Organise and undertake a range of ecological survey work, including habitat survey, bat risk assessment and surveys, badger survey work, ornithological survey and any other survey as required by Line Manager, to a safe and accurate standard.
  • Undertake Ecological Clerk of Works function, with support and guidance from the company’s Principal and Senior Ecologists.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Manage projects in an effective and efficient manner using existing systems and any future project management system, including scheduling of activities and communicating in a timely and organised fashion, budgetary control and thorough record keeping and filing.
  • Providing peer review for reports and proposals.
  • Ensure that all EcoÉireann activity is treated with commercial sensitivity and that the details of projects and clients are treated with the utmost confidentiality.
  • 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 of EcoÉireann.
  • Work as a team member and share expertise, knowledge and learning with colleagues and internships.
  • Have an awareness and appreciation that, as the trading company of Northumberland Wildlife Trust, the majority of profits generated by EcoÉireann activity are donated to the Trust to enable it to achieve its charitable aims and objectives.

Candidate Specification

Minimum Requirements Beneficial
A minimum of 2 years professional experience A relevant post graduate university qualification (PGDip, MSc etc)
A relevant degree (BSc/BA) Membership of AEECOW
Membership of a relevant professional institute Acted as the named Ecologist on protected species mitigation / derogation licenses
Full driving license Experience undertaking detailed habitat and GWDTE assessments
A robust understanding of nationally recognised best practice survey and evaluation guidelines for a full range of Irish (and UK) species and habitats Ornithological survey and reporting skills
Experience of providing Ecological Clerk of Works services for habitats and/or protected species Experience / relevant qualifications to undertake practical land management work e.g. brushcutter ticket, chainsaw license, experience of willow spiling etc.
Ability to produce accurate and competitive fee proposals, in line with best practice guidelines, which meet the clients’ requirements Line management experience
Excellent written and verbal communication skills GIS skills, including MapInfo / ArcGIS / QGIS
Experience of habitat surveys and protected species assessments Experience of using Kaleidoscope Pro analysis software
Ability and willingness to travel throughout Ireland and the UK (as required) for work, and work unsociable hours at times, where required Experience of undertaking Biodiversity Net Gain assessments, including use of the current metrics
Ability to manage projects, including financial management to ensure project profitability Business development skills, including client liaison / winning new clients
Capable at working well as part of a small and growing team Current CSCS card, First Aid qualification, Asbestos Awareness qualification and/or other relevant health and safety qualifications


Please email your CV and cover letter to outlining why you wish to work at EcoÉireann and how your knowledge, skills and experience will enable you to fulfil the role’s requirements.

Closing Date: Friday 15 May 2020.

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