As a part of our specialist offering, we have a strong Ecology team who support a diverse range of projects across a number of sectors both within the UK and internationally for both private and public sector clients. The team pride themselves on the integrated support we offer by working alongside our in-house water, landscape, arboriculture and sustainability specialists to deliver commercially balanced, innovative and integrated solutions.

We are currently looking to recruit Aquatic Ecologists / Fisheries Ecologists at Consultant level to join our established team of aquatic ecologists which are part of our growing team of over 150 ecologists.

Reporting to a Senior Aquatic Ecologist, this role will provide the postholder with opportunities to lead on, or contribute to the delivery of a broad range of species and habitat surveys, ecological assessments and other projects relating to aquatic and fisheries ecology in freshwater, transitional and marine environments, principally within the UK. There will also be opportunities to provide technical support and input to wider ecological and water quality related projects, and habitat restoration schemes.

A typical week would include:

  • Being responsible for a range of ecological deliverables (technical, commercial and financial). As such, they will need to demonstrate a suitable level of technical and practical skill in their chosen area of specialism.
  • Working with our internal and external clients, developing new business opportunities, meeting clients and preparing bids and tenders, and therefore a high level of commercial awareness and client focus is required.
  • Training and mentoring of junior staff, helping to nurture an enthusiastic, supportive and productive working environment.
  • A blend of field, office and (if appropriate), laboratory time.
  • Fieldwork may take place across the UK, so a willingness and ability to travel and work away from home periodically is required.

About You

We’d love to hear from you if you have:

  • An appropriate level of relevant experience gained within a professional consultancy, regulatory or industrial role.
  • A high level of technical knowledge and competency in the relevant aspects of their chosen area(s) of specialism; with appropriate accreditations where applicable;
  • Proven track record in the design and successful delivery of ecological monitoring programmes, across a range of aquatic habitats in the UK.
  • The ability to produce high quality, technically and scientifically robust reports and deliverables;
  • A comprehensive knowledge of relevant water legislation and its applicatin.
  • An enthusiastic, confident and positive approach with excellent communication and people management skills, with experience of leading teams of surveyors in the field.
  • Experience of producing or contributing to ecological assessments (e.g. EIA, EcIA, WFDa, HRA);
  • Commercial and project management experience commensurate with their relevant level of experience.
  • Membership of CIEEM, IFM or other relevant professional institute at an appropriate level

About Us

What if we can?

What if we can have work-life balance? What if we can be rewarded in ways that support our individual needs? What if we can be accepted for who we are? Here at WSP – we can!

WSP recognizes that work is only one part of our lives and making time for the other things in our life is important – be that our families, our friends or ourselves. So, if working from home, working part-time or having flexible start and finish time will help with this let us know as part of your application.

As well as rewarding you with competitive pay, WSP offers standard benefits including a 37.5 hour working week, 25 days annual leave, pension schemes, life assurance, personal accident cover and paid professional subscriptions, and some not so standard benefits as part of our flexible benefits scheme – so if you would like to hop on a new bike (cycle to work scheme) or thrill the family with your Lego building skills (Discount at Legoland Windsor) – WSP can help!

Be you, be happy – we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximizes the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. Our VIBE (LGBT + employee network) and PLEDGE (Promoting Leadership, Encouraging Diversity & Gender Equality) networks work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable LGBT+ and female employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity for everyone.

Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

In addition we support our people to achieve their personal health and well-being goals through our Thrive programme.

A little about us:

Together, our people make up one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We’re dedicated to the communities where we live and work in the UK and propelled by international brainpower. Staying curious is what drives us. Looking at challenges from fresh angles helps us deliver future-ready solutions that break paradigms.

With around 7,900 talented people in 70+ offices across the UK, and 43,000 around the world, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come.