About us

Babec Ecological Consultants are a well-established, small, friendly independent ecology consultancy. We are a CIEEM Registered Practice with a stable client base and a diverse project portfolio, ranging from small domestic projects to larger developments and infrastructure projects. We specialise in bats but also carry out the full range of habitat and protected species surveys and mitigation. Our small team all work from home and are located within an hour’s drive of our bases in Hertfordshire and Sussex. Most of our project work is located within the south-east of England.

The role

We are seeking a talented ecologist and assistant ecologist to join our Hertfordshire team on a permanent basis. The successful applicants will have the opportunity to assist with all areas of our work, including:

  • Undertaking a wide range of ecological surveys and mitigation
  • Supervising ecological aspects of site work
  • Production of ecological reports
  • Production of mapping on GIS software
  • Designing and implementing mitigation schemes
  • Project management

About you

Essential for all levels:

  • Hold a good degree in ecology or a closely related subject
  • Experience of undertaking protected species surveys, such as those for bats, great crested newts or reptiles
  • Be reliable, flexible, and willing to work unsociable hours
  • Have excellent organisation skills
  • Be located within an hour’s drive of our Hertfordshire base
  • Have a car and be able to travel to sites throughout the South-East

Essential for ecologist level:

  • A proven track record within an ecology consultancy
  • An understanding of wildlife legislation, planning policy and processes
  • Good ID skills in one or more groups
  • Able to undertake a range of habitat and protected species surveys
  • Able to produce high quality reports

Desirable for ecologists:

  • Post-graduate degree in ecology or a closely related subject
  • Hold one or more Natural England protected species survey licences
  • Project management experience
  • Specialism in a particular protected species group
  • Experience of preparing Natural England mitigation licences
  • Graduate or associate membership of CIEEM
  • Valid CSCS card
  • Knowledge of GIS

What we offer

We will work with you to develop your skills in all aspects of ecology and consultancy through internal company training and external training. We will also assist the successful candidates in working towards Continuous Learning and Development (CLAD) plans to help develop their knowledge and skills.
Salary will be dependent on experience and calibre of the candidate, but will be in the range of £22,500 – £26,000 (Assistant Ecologist level) or £26,000 – £32,000 (Ecologist level).

We also offer:

  • Mixture of working from home and work on site
  • Flexible working
  • 25 to 31 days’ leave pro-rata (depending on time of year leave is taken)
  • Four-day working week between December and February (on full pay!)
  • Company pension
  • External training budget
  • Payment of CIEEM membership fees
  • Payment of Natural England survey licence fees
  • Company laptop and smartphone
  • No timesheets
  • Discretionary bonuses

How to apply

Applicants are invited to send a CV and covering letter to recruitment@babec.co.uk. For an informal chat about the role, please feel free to contact Jon Bannon on 07468 598 295.

Babec Ltd is an equal opportunities employer.

No agencies please.