Overview

The Ecology Co-op has an exciting opportunity for an ecologist to join our team based in West Sussex. Further to a growing work portfolio in the public and private sector, we are looking for a full time ecologist to join our friendly and socially active team. The candidate would be based in our head office near Petworth in West Sussex, however flexible working terms are available. The closing date for this opportunity is Monday 2nd March.

Job Role: Ecologist

Position: Permanent, Full Time

Location: Petworth, West Sussex

Preferred: 3 years experience

Salary: £22,000 – £26,000 /year + Shares + Benefits (see below)

  • The successful candidate will be given shares in the company, meaning that you will benefit directly from the profitability of the company each year through dividend payments. This is in addition to generous TOIL and an annual bonus to remunerate for overtime worked during busy periods in the summer.

About Us

The Ecology Co-op offers something unique in our industry. We provide both accurate and reliable ecological surveys coupled with sound advice on legislation.

We are experienced in discussing projects with key statutory consultants including Natural England, the Environmental Agency and planning authorities and our work involvement ranges from residential and industrial development to woodland grant and agricultural stewardship schemes. We also have international experience across four continents in both development and conservation roles.

The Role

We are looking for individuals who have attained good core skills in report writing, preliminary ecological appraisals and assisting and or leading on specialist surveys. Whilst having a protected species license is not essential, it would be advantageous to your application.

In addition to undertaking bat work you will also have the opportunity to undertake a broader range of ecological work. Experience of project management, budgeting for projects, working with other environmental disciplines, and liaising with clients and consultees will all be welcomed.

Key Responsibilities

You will work closely with the team in Sussex as well as collaborating with our staff in Kent and South Wales, on a wide variety of projects, which are likely to include Ecological Impact Assessments, a wide variety of protected species and habitat assessments, Habitats Regulations Assessments, mitigation and habitat creation and European Protected Species licenses. The ideal candidate will have excellent report writing skills and be able to manage their time and projects effectively.

Requirements for the role

  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent in ecology or a related subject.
  • Willingness to work outside normal office hours where required.
  • Good core field survey skills.
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) will be essential (or at least the ability to gain membership).
  • A full clean UK driving license.
  • The ability to plan and potentially lead surveys.
  • At least some project management experience.
  • Eligibility to work in the UK.
  • A positive, proactive mindset.

Opportunities working for the Ecology Co-op

  • A competitive salary in addition to our dividend and bonus scheme.
  • 22 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) and advantageous TOIL benefits.
  • Excellent training opportunities, with a generous budget and in-house mentoring.
  • A generous and flexible pension scheme.
  • Be part of our exciting biodiversity project (enquire if you would like to know more!)

Additional benefits

  • You will be provided with:
  • A Mac computer.
  • An i-phone.
  • An Echometer Touch 2 Pro bat detector.
  • Company branded clothing to help you through the wet and the cold and cool breathable clothing for hot days!
  • We offer:
  • The opportunity to join us on our two National Dormouse Monitoring Programme sites to gain useful experience.
  • The pleasure of working with a young, energetic and fun team.
  • Shares in the company, meaning that you will benefit directly from the profitability of the company each year through dividend payments.
  • A generous TOIL.
  • An annual bonus to remunerate for overtime worked during busy periods in the summer.

Diversity Statement

We are an equal opportunities employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws. The organisation is committed not only to its legal obligations but also to the positive promotion of equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment.

Next Steps

To apply to our Ecologist vacancy, please email [email protected]

If you require any additional information or guidance please contact Paul Whitby on 01798 861800. We aim to answer all CVs via email within 7 working days after the closing date.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £22,000.00 to £26,000.00 /year