Job Description

You will be responsible for providing ecological and biodiversity inputs to a range of projects within an environmental team, working closely with other disciplines to ensure ecological objectives for projects are delivered successfully, within budget and to programme. This role is mainly for international projects, with a lower proportion of UK ecology work when required. The tasks will include coordinating and undertaking biodiversity reviews and assessments as part of EIAs and due diligence, designing survey/monitoring methods, liaising with and coordinating local consultants, preparing biodiversity management/action/offset plans etc. There will be a need to travel overseas occasionally and for short periods.

Candidate Specification

  • Degree in ecology, biology, zoology, botany or directly related subject (minimum of 2.1 classification)
  • Good understanding of main international and lender (in particular IFC and World Bank) policy on biodiversity and nature conservation
  • Familiarity with biodiversity survey/monitoring methods and the EIA and EcIA processes
  • Full, clean driving licence and willingness to travel and undertake fieldwork in the UK and internationally
  • Strong report writing skills, attention to detail and ability to write concise reports in English
  • Ability to work independently, take the initiative, make robust, defensible decisions and work to tight deadlines to meet client needs
  • At least three years’ experience in undertaking biodiversity assessments, of which two years of working on international projects
  • Basic GIS skills


  • Masters degree in one of the disciplines mentioned above, or in biodiversity conservation
  • Specialism in mammals (bats, primates, large carnivores), birds or botany
  • Familiarity with the CIEEM Guidance on Ecological Impact Assessment
  • Experience in undertaking due diligence to international finance institutions’ standards (in particular, the IFC)
  • Experience in undertaking critical habitat assessment and biodiversity offsetting assessments/plans
  • Familiarity with ecosystem services assessments
  • Work experience in Asia, Africa and/or Latin America
  • Proficient in French and/or Spanish
  • Experience in statistical analysis of ecological data
  • Membership of one professional organisation
  • Habitat mapping using remote sensing

Equality, diversity and inclusion:

Equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are at the heart of our organisation. We promote equal opportunities and have several initiatives to create an inclusive workplace culture; Our dedicated inclusive recruitment page provides more information on our efforts and recognitions.

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to apply or attend an interview, please contact us at [email protected] and we will talk to you about how we can assist.

Flexible working:
At Mott MacDonald, we support our staff to create work-life balance which works for them and welcome candidates looking for career flexibility. We are open to discussing flexible working at interview stage.

We can offer:

  • Pension matched up to 7%
  • Competitive annual leave and the option to purchase additional annual leave
  • An annual professional institution subscription
  • Life insurance
  • Enhanced parental leave
  • Annual company performance bonus scheme – Subject to company performance
  • Flexible benefits scheme to suit you, including cycle to work & Interest free season ticket loans etc.

Job Profile

Mott MacDonald’s Environment Division has a fantastic opportunity for a talented ecologist and biodiversity consultant with international experience to join its team in Cambridge. The position will be permanent, subject to successful completion of a six-month probationary period. There is excellent scope for career development in our environmental business, either in the UK or abroad.

For more information about our Environment sector click here.