About the division 

Environmental and social considerations are central to Mott MacDonald’s Purpose and its offerings across all sectors and territories. Our environment and social business provides essential services and innovative solutions which anticipate our clients’ needs across all sectors.


Overview of the role

Do you want to work for a company whose purpose is to improve society by considering social outcomes, and to transform businesses, communities, and opportunities for its employees?


Job Description:

We are seeking someone who enjoys working in a smaller close-knit team functioning within a larger regional team, with access to experience, knowledge, and support across all species and areas of ecology. You will be passionate about the natural environment, able to take initiative and ownership of tasks, and willing to use your enthusiasm and knowledge to deliver high quality work and meaningful ecology solutions. The work will be varied and be a mixture of field survey work and ecological reporting, as well as mitigation, compensation, and enhancement design. We are looking for someone who is confident in undertaking survey work, including habitat surveys (e.g. UKHab) and protected species surveys (particularly for bats and great crested newt). You will be supported in the production of assessments (PEA reports, Protected Species reports, EcIA, ES chapters, HRA etc) and reporting across the full spectrum required by ecology. As an ecologist we are looking for someone to rise to a challenge, find ways to add value for our customers, use and promote innovative technology, and above all, ensure quality is maintained. Most importantly you will be helping us to build a lasting and sustainable environmental business.


This opportunity is not a one-way street as we will give you an exciting space in which to develop and support you in this development. You will be visible within our business, working with other ecology team leads across the UK and providing you with the opening for your reputation to grow, allowing you to influence peers both internally and across the sector.


  • Ecologist with strong UK experience.
  • A degree in Ecology (or directly related subject). Experience in leading in field surveys including Phase 1 habitat survey, UK Habitat Classification assessment and protected species surveys.
  • Working knowledge, understanding and experience of applying relevant guidance for surveys.
  • Knowledge of wildlife legislation and planning processes, particularly those relevant to Wales.
  • Experience in report writing, displaying good standards with attention to detail and ability to write accurate and concise reports.
  • Ability to work independently, take the initiative, make robust defensible decisions and work to tight deadlines to meet client needs.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Willingness to travel throughout the UK.



  • A masters or higher degree in Ecology (or directly related subject).
  • Associate member of CIEEM.
  • NRW protected species licence(s), ideally for great crested newt and / or bats
  • Experience in using the UKHab classification and the DEFRA biodiversity net gain metric (for work across the border).
  • Willingness to participate and use innovation and digital services.
  • Experience in analysing ecological data.
  • Basic GIS skills.
  • This role will be supporting colleagues in Wales and other parts of the UK, working with clients and stakeholders that may speak Welsh. Therefore, the ability to speak Welsh may be of use.


If you meet most of what we are looking for, please still apply. We understand not everyone will meet all the requirements, but you might have the skills we didn’t know we need. We will consider alternative locations for strong candidates.