PBA Applied Ecology was established in 2010 and has grown to become one of the UK’s most respected specialist ecology practices. 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 the UK from our base in the Yorkshire Dales we offer a wide range of services with particular strengths across terrestrial and aquatic ecology. We are especially experienced in working on challenging infrastructure projects that are located at protected or sensitive locations. Drawing upon a wealth of experience, we take an evidence-based approach and provide practical and sustainable solutions for our clients.

The traditional market town of Settle is just a mile away, and this is also a great area for a range of sports, outdoor pursuits and classic karst landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales.

The Role

An exciting opportunity for an Assistant Ecologist (terrestrial) at the company’s modern base in Giggleswick, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Carrying out ecological surveys and providing ecological and environmental support to a wide range of development projects throughout the UK, PBA has a broad range of varied and interesting projects, each requiring bespoke solutions.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrable passion for plants and landscape ecology and will be actively developing their competence in plant identification techniques. Applicants working towards BSBI FISC certification are especially welcome (https://bsbi.org/field-skills). However, we are also very interested to hear from candidates who have the aptitude and enthusiasm to further develop their current level of plant identification skill.

This is a permanent full-time position (6 months probation), with the opportunity for further progression within the business. We are offering an attractive starting salary (plus benefits including flexible working, NEST Pension and cycle-to-work scheme), full training and support, and a brilliant working environment.

It is currently anticipated that the successful candidate will be expected to start in June 2020 and will work with an energetic team of ecologists contributing valued support to this rapidly growing business, both in the office and the field, undertaking clearly defined tasks, initially under supervision.

Specific duties to include

  • Supporting Senior & Project Ecologists 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.


  • Achieve (or expect to achieve) BSc 2(i) in a natural sciences subject or a post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline.
  • Able to demonstrate keen interest in natural science, ecology and the natural environment
  • Able to demonstrate plant identification skills
  • Experience of undertaking or assisting with Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEAs)
  • Engaged, enthusiastic and willing to learn.
  • Adaptable and has a “can do” attitude.
  • Good verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent written English and good report writing ability.
  • Exceptional planning and organisational skills for your own time and project work.
  • Capable of working under pressure with the ability to meet critical deadlines.
  • Willing to follow instruction, especially in respect of personal safety.
  • Proficiency in standard IT and communication applications is essential, and capabilities in statistical and mapping software are desirable.
  • A good level of physical ability to undertake strenuous survey work in remote locations, ability to swim confidently in open water.
  • Full driving licence.

What we offer

  • Salary is competitive depending on competence, experience and qualifications.
  • A developing career-enhancing role within a supportive and well-resourced practice.
  • Well-equipped modern offices in a beautiful location within the Yorkshire Dales, on the edge of the market town of Settle.
  • An accredited Investors in People employer, with continuous professional development opportunities.
  • A health & safety (CHAS) and ISO9001 accredited employer.
  • Commensurate annual leave entitlements and company pension scheme.
  • Flexible working times and TOIL.
  • Cycle-to-work scheme.
  • Opportunities for longer term career progression
  • Engagement with career pathway and hosted academic research projects.
  • Well-located and equipped for outdoor sports and activities.

Starting Salary range: £17,102 – £20,840

How to Apply
Please send your CV, together with covering letter (1 side A4) explaining why you are right for this opportunity and when you will be available to start to: [email protected]

Closing date: Sunday 10th May 2020 at 08:00 hrs.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview by video call (Skype).