Atkins won the CIEEM 2018 Large-Scale Consultancy of the Year Award and were Highly Commended for the same award in 2019 – we are also one of the world’s leading engineering, design and project management consultancies. We work on challenging and exciting projects offering pragmatic and innovative solutions to our clients.

To support the Central Rail Systems Alliance team based in York, working on track replacement in the UK, we require experienced ecologists to join our Environmental team. You would join our project based York office but be an integral part of our National team of over 90 ecologists.

What you will be doing

  • Attend multi-disciplinary walkover surveys, identifying ecological constraints and additional survey and or licensing requirements;
  • Undertaking Phase 1 habitat surveys and protected species surveys;
  • Preparing licence applications;
  • Planning and co-ordinating field surveys, analysing and interpreting survey results;
  • Working with design and construction teams planning and co-ordinating ecological mitigation works;
  • Input to project risk and opportunity registers and hazard logs;
  • Input to multi-disciplinary project meetings;
  • Produce and deliver tool-box-talks where required; and
  • Undertaking reporting including Preliminary Ecological Assessments and Ecological Impact Assessments, work package plans, and method statements and Precautionary Methods of Working.

About you

Ideally, you would have the following qualifications and/or attributes:

  • A degree in ecology or closely related field;
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM);
  • Good working knowledge of UK and EU Wildlife Legislation, planning policies, licensing requirements and best practice survey techniques;
  • Be capable at undertaking a range of surveys and reporting;
  • Great crested newt and or bat survey licence would be beneficial;
  • Excellent communication skills; and
  • A full valid UK/EEC driving licence.

What we offer

Atkins strives to ensure their staff maintain a work-life balance, is supportive of flexible working arrangements and utilises a TOIL and paid overtime system, which allows ecologists to manage their time alongside the business need.

In addition to competitive core benefits, Atkins operates a flexible benefits programme which includes the ability to buy up to 15 days of extra holiday each year, a cycle to work scheme and a 24/7 confidential Employee Assistance Programme, private health care, amongst many other options.

Atkins is committed to developing the knowledge and skills of our ecologists. As well as providing a training budget, the successful candidate will benefit from tailored mentoring and support towards achieving their career goals, such as Chartership and beyond. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.