Here on Western we transport commuters to key employment hubs including London, Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool. We directly serve London Heathrow, Europe’s busiest international airport and provide connections to Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, and London Gatwick airports. We support leisure and tourism in all of these areas and support critical freight services, notably aggregates, moving millions of tonnes of freight every year.

Brief Description

We need your expertise to support our Capital Delivery team. Your guidance will enable the environment management system to be integrated into the route teams to deliver legislative compliance.

Do you have a comprehensive field experience and good understanding of UK and European wildlife legislation and standard methodology guidance experience? If so, then join our team!

About the Role

We need people like you to complete a range of Ecological field surveys, including protected species surveys and extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys. Naturally, you will have ability to complete rare species surveys as collating and reviewing survey results is a key part of the role. Identify baseline Ecological constraints during site visits, carry out research and provide recommendations!

Other key accountabilities include

  1.  Own the implementation and embedding of recommendations to deliver continuous improvement.
  2. Undertake and complete environmental impact assessments.
  3. Lead the development of appropriate mitigation strategies, utilising results of surveys and liaising with Environmental Specialist’s and the Arboriculture team.
  4. Analyse and interpret data, using specialist software programs. Produce periodic and ad hoc reports to a high technical standard within prescribed timescales.
  5. Provide specialist ecological advice and guidance to site managers, engineers, planners and others associated with the undertaking and completion of surveys and / or assessments.
  6. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with key internal and external partners, including statutory bodies, local authorities and members of the public.
  7. Assist in the production of environmental appraisal reports.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


  • A relevant higher degree in Ecology, Zoology, Biological Sciences or other meaningful environmental sciences
  • Have significant experience of standard survey protocols and methodologies
  • Good interpersonal, influencing, communication and organisation skills
  • Task orientated and strong report writing skills


  • Knowledge of operational railway environment and ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard
  • Full/associate/graduate membership of Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) (depending on experience)
  • Experience attending client meetings and working with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Full UK driving licence

How to Apply

Network Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or other irrelevant factor. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

Keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do, safe behaviour is therefore a requirement of working for Network Rail.  Applicants should demonstrate their personal commitment to safety in their application.

Network Rail can offer you a rewarding career with competitive pay and excellent benefits including a choice of contributory pension schemes, a generous annual leave package, a bonus scheme and an annual 75% subsidy on season tickets costing up to £3000 (to a maximum amount of £2,250).

Network Rail positively embraces flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

Network Rail adheres to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: £39,514 – £44,453

As an arm’s length department of the UK Government, Network Rail is required to comply with a well-established pre-employment vetting process for all prospective employees.

Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) checks require prospective employees of Network Rail to meet the following requirements;

  • Provide eligibility to work in the UK and identity documentation
  • Complete a satisfactory 3 year employment history check
  • Complete a satisfactory unspent criminal conviction disclosure check

For more information regarding BPSS pre-employment related checks, please visit the UK Government website for further information – UK Government – BPSS Checks

Closing date: 1St of November 2019, late applications will not be accepted.  We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes