Job Title: Principal Ecologist

Salary: £40,000 – £45,000

Location: South Wales

We have a new opportunity for a Principal Ecologist join a leading environmental consultancy in South Wales. As a Principal Ecologist, you’ll play a key role in the running of the Ecology Team. The company can offer a huge variety of projects across the Infrastructure & Utilities, Property & Development, and Mining & Minerals sectors. This Principal Ecologist position offers a comprehensive benefits package:

  • £40,000 – £45,000 per year
  • Hybrid working.
  • TOIL + Additional pay.
  • Membership of the Firm’s Group Personal Pension Plan, with Employer’s contribution of up to 5%.
  • Payment of a relevant professional subscription.
  • 24 days annual leave per year.
  • Membership to the Firm’s Private Health Care Scheme.
  • Inclusion in the Firm’s Critical Illness Cover Policy.
  • Inclusion in the Firm’s Life Assurance Policy, insuring you 3 times your annual salary.
  • Mobile Phone with inclusive tariff including personal usage.
  • Flexi-Time Working Schedule.
  • Long service awards.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • Travel Loans.

As Principal Ecologist, your duties will include:

  • Managing ecological projects (commensurate with experience), assisting team leads with managing resource allocation and financial budgets, addressing any client feedback and ensuring effective communications on all projects.
  • Producing and overseeing the production of ecological appraisals, reports, licence applications, Ecological Impact Assessments, Habitats Regulations Assessments, EPS licences and other similar documents.
  • Experience with Biodiversity Net Gain would be advantageous.
  • Carrying out ecological surveys, where necessary, and checking that surveys are being carried out to the required standards by all staff.
  • Assist the team leads with the preparation of fee proposals.
  • We are seeking someone who has:
  • Managing ecological projects to completion and reporting to the standards required by planning authorities, Natural Resources Wales, and other similar bodies.
  • Performing the role of an Ecological Clerk of Works on construction projects.
  • Making licence applications.
  • Preparing a wide range of technical reports including Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Ecological Impact Assessments, ES Chapters, Habitat Regulations Assessments, and other technical reports.

You will need the following to be considered:

  • A degree in ecology or a related discipline.
  • Proven experience and knowledge of working in a professional consultancy practice with excellent commercial awareness.
  • Experience of managing ecological projects to completion and reporting to the standards required by planning authorities, Natural England and other similar bodies.
  • Hold one or more protected species licences.
  • Be a full member of CIEEM.

If you are interested in this or other roles in ecological consultancy, please contact Lloyd Key via or call 01792957382. We have many more vacancies available on our website.

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This is a permanent role.

Penguin Recruitment is operating as a Recruitment Agency in respect to this position.

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