At Atkins, our team of ecologists work throughout the UK to deliver a diverse range of challenging and exciting projects that benefit our clients, biodiversity and society.

To meet our growing project workload and help us design and apply new approaches to our work, we are looking for a number of experienced and enthusiastic ecologists to join our North, Scotland and Northern Ireland region. We are particularly seeking ecologists in Scotland, principally to our brand-new office in Glasgow, however other office locations are considered, including Edinburgh, Newcastle, Warrington, Leeds and Belfast.

Joining us, you will have the opportunity to join an established team, contributing to nationally significant and high-profile projects, with many of our projects winning awards for biodiversity enhancements, innovation, and knowledge sharing. Our ecology team also won the inaugural CIEEM Large-Scale Consultancy of the Year Award in 2018 and has been highly commended in the same award category each year thereafter.

At Atkins we are fully committed to promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and work hard to make everyone feel respected, empowered and able to realise their full potential as important members of our team. Flexible working is a core part of our culture and we appreciate that different people have different priorities. We recognise that a healthy work/life balance is integral to wellbeing and we are extremely supportive of individual requirements for flexible and remote working.

What you will be doing

  • Providing ecological input to a varied range of projects across different sectors;
  • Leading, planning and co-ordinating field surveys, analysing and interpreting survey results;
  • Working with design teams and planning and co-ordinating ecological mitigation works;
  • Undertaking reporting of Preliminary Ecological Assessments and Ecological Impact Assessments;
  • Preparing protected species licence applications;
  • Managing work enquiries, preparing bids and building client relationships;
  • Leading on projects and managing project budgets; and
  • Collaborating with our multi-disciplinary teams within the region.

About you

  • Ideally, you would have the following qualifications and/or attributes:
  • A degree in ecology or closely related field;
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM);
  • Good working knowledge of UK and EU Wildlife Legislation, planning policies, licensing requirements and best practice survey techniques;
  • Capable at undertaking survey and reporting for Preliminary Ecological Appraisal and Ecological Impact Assessment;
  • Demonstrable specialist ecological knowledge, such as botanical survey skills and/or survey skills for one or more protected species, ideally with a focus on Scottish species and habitats;
  • Strong botanical and bat survey skills (e.g. bat licenced and/or FISC level 3/4) would be particularly desirable;
  • Excellent communication skills; and
  • A full valid UK/EEC driving licence.

What we offer

  • Part-time and/or flexible hours contracts.
  • Paid overtime and/or TOIL system.
  • Competitive salaries and a huge range of other benefits.
  • 25 days annual leave, plus paid bank holidays, plus the ability to buy up to 15 extra days!
  • Paid professional memberships and individual training budgets.
  • Paid for individual iPhone and use of team iPads for work purposes.
  • Tailored training and mentoring schemes to advance your career.
  • And so much more…