AECOM is looking for a Consultant Ecologist to join our established UK&I Ecology team. This role will include a combination of field, office and home working (hybrid based) and be located at one of UK offices in Cardiff, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham or Nottingham though other locations would be considered. Depending on your interests and skillset, you will have opportunities to support on a variety of areas such as: using innovative techniques for species and habitats surveys, data capture and reporting; work winning; Advanced Bat Licence Survey Techniques; and Biodiversity Net Gain mentoring and coaching of the team. Our supportive environment offers both internal and external training opportunities within a nurturing mentoring and coaching framework.

As a Consultant Ecologist the role will require you to:

  • Participate in the health, safety and well-being culture of the team;
  • Support liaison with project managers and clients on the delivery of ecological requirements within multi-disciplinary tenders and projects;
  • Organise and carry out desk studies and field-based habitat, botanical, and protected species surveys;
  • Assisting, as appropriate to grade, with managing the technical and financial performance of ecological projects to meet budgets and deadlines;
  • Support with undertaking the analysis, evaluation, interpretation and presentation of ecological data, including preparing reports and supporting with the design of mitigation strategies;
  • Performing the role of an Ecological Clerk of Works on construction projects;
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with your line manager, other members of the ecology team and clients;
  • Compliance with internal business management procedures, including in relation to health and safety and technical quality of all advice and outputs including self-check of work; and
  • Undertaking other tasks which add value to the development of the ecology team or support wider environmental business goals, as required.

Being part of the team;

At AECOM, our commitment to shaping a sustainable future is embodied in the Environment & Sustainability Business in one of the Top Environmental Consultancies. This seamlessly integrates Planning & Communities, Carbon & Advisory, and Nature that collectively deliver sustainable solutions for our clients, promoting social and environmental benefit.

Our Nature team encompasses two Practices — Ecology and Natural Capital — which together comprise experts spread across multiple offices, who form a synergistic alliance dedicated to pioneering innovative solutions to support an environmental carbon and nature positive future. From large-scale ecological survey programmes to integrating nature into decision-making and investment planning, our team champions nature-based solutions.

With a wealth of experience, knowledge, and specialist skill sets, our Ecology team consisting of 150 professional experts includes national and global leaders located across the UK and Republic of Ireland, from species licence holders to experts in impact assessment, habitat creation, ecosystem restoration, enhancement, and management. Our Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) professionals not only influence policy and guidance but steer practical and collaborative design decisions that promote positive outcomes.

Our award-winning Ecology Team were Highly Commended in CIEEM’s 2023 Large Consultancy of the Year, and our work at Abberton Reservoir for Essex & Suffolk Water won both a Green Apple Environment Award and CIEEM’s NGO Impact Award for Impact on Nature and Society. Now is the time to join!

In all locations you will work on a wide range of projects, notably in the power and renewables, infrastructure, environment and industrial sectors, as well as collaborating with other technical disciplines such as water, landscape, GIS, engineering, and sustainability. Depending on your location will determine which projects you are most involved in.

Presently, our Northern regional Nature teams are working on a new electrical transmission line for National Grid (facilitating the connection of proposed new offshore wind), rail projects including the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU), nationally significant blue and green hydrogen production facilities, solar farm projects, in addition to various water and highways projects and potential to travel to assist with North Wales, Scotland and potentially more internationally.

Our South West and South Wales regional Nature team are working on a mix of large infrastructure projects in the water, renewables, defence and transport sectors, alongside managing smaller local projects and European Protected Species licences for bats, dormice, water vole and otter. Our team is also supporting the wider AECOM Nature team with National and International projects, including a solar scheme in North Wales and various projects in Saudi Arabia.


Here’s what we will need from you;

  • Demonstrable experience of working in an ecology-related job role in the public and/or private sector;
  • Knowledge of UK wildlife legislation and ecological survey methodologies;
  • Membership of an appropriate professional institution or evidence working towards (such as CIEEM);
  • Field skills with experience in botanical identification including Phase1/ UKHab and/or protected species surveys;
  • A proactive approach to Health and Safety;
  • Professional, organised and thorough approach to work which demonstrates an attention to detail;
  • Adaptable and flexible approach to work to meet peaks in demands (ecology roles typically involve occasional longer/and or unsociable hours and a degree of working away from home for days/ weeks at a time); and
  • Report writing skills, with demonstrable experience in producing a range of reports.