Overview

jh ecology is a well-established and friendly ecological consultancy based in Taunton, Somerset. We specialise in ecological surveys, impact assessments and mitigation design, advising clients across all sectors including homeowners, developers, planners and local authorities, and are committed to furthering nature conservation through our consultancy work.

We seek to appoint a like-minded consultant ecologist to join our expanding team. The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualifications:

Essential

A relevant degree and at least 2 years’ full-time relevant post-graduate experience. We will consider candidates without a degree but with relevant consultancy experience.

Strong project management abilities (having managed small-sized or less complex projects at least).

Ability to work independently with a high level of self-motivation and attention to detail.

Botanical identification skills sufficient to complete Phase 1 surveys independently (experience of UK Habitat Classification surveys is desirable but not essential).

Proficiency in undertaking protected species surveys with particular emphasis on bat survey, holding a current Level 1 (Natural England) bat survey licence, or higher.

A thorough understanding of wildlife legislation, planning policy and best practice guidance.

Excellent communication skills, good team player, confident at client liaison and capable of leading on surveys.

Strong report writing skills, with experience of preparing ecological consultancy reports such as PEA, EcIA, devising mitigation strategies for a range of protected species and (ideally) preparing protected species mitigation licence applications.

A full UK driving licence and access to a car insured for business.

Associate membership of CIEEM (or eligibility for such).

Desirable

Other protected species survey licences.

Experience of ecological watching brief/acting as an ECoW.

Experience of using bat sound analysis software (such as Anabat Insight, SonoBat, Kaleidoscope).

Experience of GIS (preferably QGIS).

jh ecology offers the successful candidate the opportunity to work on a range of projects. You will work alongside experienced ecologists as part of a friendly and welcoming team and have the opportunity to benefit from a training plan. We offer a competitive salary of £22,000–£28,000 dependent on experience and skills, flexible working and contributory pension scheme.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to Jenette Howard at mail@jhecology.co.uk.