Wardell Armstrong (WA) is a successful multi-disciplinary consultancy with 12 offices throughout the UK employing approximately 500 staff. At the heart of our business lies a group of outstanding people. Working together with clients, we deliver solutions to challenging problems in Property & Development, Infrastructure & Utilities and Mining & Minerals.

The Opportunity:

We are looking to recruit a motivated and ambitious Ecologist with a particular expertise in ornithology to expand our ecological team at our main office in Stoke-on-Trent. You will have the opportunity to work with experienced and qualified/licensed ornithologists and ecologists on an extensive range of nationwide projects. The ecology team works alongside other environmental professionals within WA, including planners, archaeologists, arborists and landscape architects.  In this role, you will assist with the following:

  • Ornithological field work, including breeding/wintering bird surveys.
  • Habitat surveys and preliminary site assessments.
  • Various protected species surveys, including bats, badger, water vole, reptiles and amphibians.
  • Reporting, including desk-top studies.
  • Data analysis.
  • Mitigation schemes.
  • Ecological supervision on sites.


The successful candidate will be enthusiastic about ecology, with a particular interest in birds and must be committed to seeking beneficial ecological solutions for development activities. We would expect candidates to have:

  • Ornithological identification skills.
  • Practical experience in ecological field work.
  • A minimum qualification of a BSc (Hons) in Ecology, or similar accredited course.
  • A full driving licence.
  • An adaptable and flexible approach to work, to meet demands at peak times.  As the role is likely to involve occasional longer and / or unsociable hours, a willingness to undertake moderate (significant at times) travel to sites within the UK is essential.

A protected species licence would be a distinct advantage.

We offer:

  • Membership of the Firm’s Group Personal Pension Plan, with Employer’s contribution of up to 5%.
  • Payment of relevant professional subscriptions.
  • 24 days annual leave per year.
  • Membership to the Firm’s Private Health Care Scheme.
  • Inclusion in the Firm’s Life Assurance Policy given as 3 times annual salary.
  • Mobile Phone with inclusive tariff including personal usage.
  • Flexi-Time Working Schedule.
  • Long service awards.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • Travel Loans.
  • Recruitment Bounty Scheme.

This vacancy is being advertised as an entry level position, however salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Department: Environmental Management Planning
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: Competitive
Closing date for applications: 25th March, 2020