Mott MacDonald has a CIEEM award-winning team of over 100 ecologists in the UK. We work on a huge range of projects in both the domestic and international markets and across multiple sectors. We pride ourselves in delivering projects that exceed our clients’ expectations and maximise opportunities for biodiversity. Two exciting opportunities have arisen to join our team and support the delivery of a range of ecological services from our Cambridge and Leeds offices.

In collaboration with ecology colleagues and other environmental disciplines you will be responsible for supporting a variety of multi-disciplinary projects, with a key focus on leading on a range of ecological surveys, managing field data and the delivery of technical reports. The management and delivery of small-scale projects, with support from senior staff, will also be required.

These roles will suit dynamic, proactive individuals who want to work in a growth area of our business and help support the delivery of ecological services in a fast moving, client focussed commercial environment.

Candidate Specification

  • Recognised 2:1 degree in a biological, science or related degree
  • At least an full member of Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)
  • Ability to competently undertake and lead Extended phase 1 surveys and writing of Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) reports to standard CIEEM guidelines
  • Ability to carry out protected species surveys
  • Strong report writing skills, attention to detail and ability to write concise reports
  • Relevant consultancy experience
  • Knowledge of wildlife legislation, including planning process and EIA assessments
  • Personal Natural England conservation licence for at least one protected species
  • Experience of leading survey teams in the field
  • Track record of mentoring and developing junior staff members
  • Ability to work independently, take the initiative, make robust, defensible decisions and work to tight deadlines to meet client needs
  • Full, clean driving licence and willingness to travel and undertake fieldwork in the UK and internationally
  • Flexible approach to working day to fit in with the patterns as required of an Ecologist

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

Our environment team provides a wide range of specialist environmental support to internal and external clients and has an increasing workload across infrastructure and development sectors. Due to continuous growth, we now have a need for an experienced Ecologist to join our expanding team in Leeds city centre.

Based in Leeds you will be working across the region and will be supporting not just delivery of nationally important schemes such as HS2, but also smaller schemes that are important to local communities like new schools, better sports clubs, and housing projects. Our Leeds team are engaged in provision of support to both Public and Private sector clients and we are able to offer a genuine variety of work, including opportunities in the road and water sectors, with local authorities, energy sector and developers.
This mix of opportunity will give you the opportunity to develop in new ways, and you will be part helping us achieve our growth and realise your potential.

You will also be part of our Leeds office community, an increasingly diverse work place that brings together professionals from across disciplines to develop client and people centred solutions to the problems we face, with a focus on integrity and honesty in everything we do.

If you are looking for variety, want to be part of a company that is changing but values its people, that provides opportunities for social and career development then we would like to hear from you.

For more information about our Environment sector click here

For more information about our Water sector click here