Arcadis is the world’s leading company delivering sustainable design, engineering, and consultancy solutions for natural and built assets. We are more than 36,000 people, in over 70 countries, dedicated to improving quality of life. Everyone has an important role to play. With the power of many curious minds, together we can solve the world’s most complex challenges and deliver more impact together.

Role description:

As a Consultant Ecologist, you would be joining our team of over 50 ecologists with more than 30 years of experience undertaking ecological surveys and assessments, as well as the provision of advice on soil, land use, hydrological and sustainable drainage issues, arboriculture, ecosystem service, natural capital assessment, biodiversity strategies and metrics and cultural heritage. During this time, we have undertaken over 2,000 projects covering a wide range of environmental disciplines throughout the UK, in Europe and beyond, for public and private clients.

As part of our Environmental team, you’ll help improve quality of life. With your specialism in environmental management, or your technical or sustainability expertise, your work could involve protected species, pollution, surface water and materials management, air quality or noise. And in some of the world’s busiest and most beautiful locations.

Presently, we are engaged on a variety of large and interesting projects, including Urban and Greenfield Residential Development, Highway and Rail Schemes, Power Stations, Electrical and Gas Infrastructure, and are working for a wide selection of clients based throughout the UK, including EDF Energy, National Grid, the Environment Agency, Transport for London, Highways England, Network Rail, the Canal and River Trust, and Housing Associations.  We are also involved in international work via Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessments and our natural capital community of practice.


Role accountabilities:

Reporting to your line manager and team leader you will be accountable for the coordination and completion of assigned tasks and projects within the Business Unit or project team. You will be engaged upon an extensive portfolio of ecology schemes for construction and development projects which includes both standalone ecology projects and work for our internal clients. As we operate in such a diverse marketplace, we are confident that you will gain experience of working on a wide and varied portfolio of projects which will enhance your skills and test your technical knowledge.

We will ensure that we offer personal development which will allow you to progress your career and offer you the opportunity to be mentored by industry-recognised Technical Leaders in their field who will lend you their experience and ensure that the training you receive will give you the best possible chance of success.

  • Undertake and assist on ecological surveys,
  • Undertake the production of PEAs and assist with producing biodiversity strategies and other documents
  • Undertake and assist with licence applications, including developing mitigation and monitoring
  • Undertake/supervise mitigation and monitoring of licensed work and assist with liaison with statutory authorities
  • Partake in training with respect to best practice and survey standards, as appropriate


Qualifications & Experience:

  • Experience in writing Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEAs) and can contribute to the production of other ecological reports such as the scoping and baseline sections of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIAs) and biodiversity net gain reports
  • Demonstrates understanding of and applies environmental legislation, policy and guidance
  • Can identify a range of commonly found taxa/species associated with recognised broad habitat types, using keys and field identification guides
  • Ability to undertake extended Phase 1 habitat surveys
  • Ideally hold a survey licence for one or more species
  • Takes responsibility for ensuring own adherence to biosecurity and health and safety protocols
  • You will hold a relevant degree, ideally a secondary degree or accreditation.
  • Be a member of CIEEM at the appropriate level.
  • Excellent communicator
  • The ability to travel when necessary


Why Become an Arcadian?

We can only achieve our goals when everyone is empowered to be their best. We believe everyone’s contribution matters. It’s why we are pioneering a skills-based approach, where you can harness your unique experience and expertise to carve your career path and maximize the impact we can make together.

You’ll do meaningful work, and no matter what role, you’ll be helping to deliver sustainable solutions for a more prosperous planet. Make your mark, on your career, your colleagues, your clients, your life and the world around you.

Together, we can create a lasting legacy


Our Commitment to Equality, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging:

We want you to be able to bring your best self to work every day which is why we take equality and inclusion seriously and hold ourselves to account for our actions. Our ambition is to be an employer of choice and provide a great place to work for all our people.

. We believe that by working together diverse people with different experiences develop the most innovative ideas. Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of how we improve quality of life and we work closely with our people across six ED&I Workstreams: Age, Disability, Faith, Gender, LGBT+ and Race. A diverse and skilled workforce is essential to our success.