We are looking to recruit an ecologist to sit within our team of ecological professionals. We have varied projects including renewable, road, and power schemes which the team are involved in, as well as working closely with our teams elsewhere in the UK and overseas. You would be part of a team of over 150 ecologists nationally with specialists in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecology. We are a highly collaborative team across all environmental disciplines, which makes Mott MacDonald a great place to work. While we are an employee-owned company, our ecology teams are small enough to have a small team feel but large enough to work on some of the UK’s biggest projects. These are led and supported by a fantastic mix of specialists with a wealth of experience and a culture of supporting and learning from others, coaching, and mentoring. We pay our ecologists in line with their engineering colleagues with the ability to earn performance-based bonuses throughout the year. Our projects are diverse, interesting, and technically challenging and we excel in offering innovative solutions.


Our ecology teams across the UK are highly experienced in their fields and are proactive when working together imparting knowledge. We are a well-respected company with strong values. This opportunity is not a one-way street as we will give you an exciting space in which to develop yourself as well as support in developing the team. You will be visible within our business, working with other ecology team leads across the UK and providing you with the opening for your reputation to grow, allowing you to influence peers both internally and across the sector. We have a dedicated wellbeing network that can help you with advice and information and share key resources. Our Environment and Social division hold environment forums and numerous knowledge-sharing webinars on a range of topics such as biodiversity net gain and climate change, bird surveys, environmental impact assessments and development consent orders, and floating wetlands for water treatment.


Through our corporate social responsibility work we aim to make a positive difference and staff are supported to participate in activities to support their local communities. We are seeking an ecologist who enjoys working within a close-knit team that operates in and is supported by larger regional and national teams. You should be able to confidently provide direction and technical support as an ecologist on a variety of projects. You will be passionate about using your experience and knowledge for ecology and professional excellence. You will enjoy rising to a challenge, working across disciplines, finding ways to add value for our customers, using and promoting integrated solutions and innovative technology, and above all, ensuring quality is maintained. Most importantly you will be helping us to build a lasting and sustainable environmental business.

Candidate specification


  • Experience in the UK ecological consultancy market, with a strong external-facing, client-orientated approach
  • A degree in Ecology (or a directly related subject), or equivalent experience
  • Member (any level) of CIEEM or other professional body
  • Knowledge and experience in the interpretation of wildlife legislation, key policy, and guidance to advise clients and manage projects
  • Experience of undertaking ecological clerk of works duties
  • Proficiency in writing reports, ensuring high standards and good attention to detail
  • Bat survey licence
  • Excellent communication and data analysis skills
  • Willingness to travel throughout the UK



  • Good commercial awareness and the ability to deliver contracts on time and within budget
  • Basic GIS skills
  • Tree climber

If you meet most of what we are looking for, please still apply. We understand not everyone will meet all the requirements, but you might have the skills we didn’t know we need. We will consider alternative locations for strong candidates.
We are actively recruiting a diverse workforce that is reflective of the communities we serve. We recognise that differences in ability, skills and experience are a strength and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.