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Job Description

Start here. Grow here.

Are you ready to join a team of talented Ecologist’s and shape the future of the environment?

Join our dynamic Nature team as a Principal Ecologist in our growing Leeds, Newcastle or Manchester ,as well as taking advantage of our flexible hybrid working model. At AECOM, we’re at the forefront of innovation, delivering an exceptional portfolio of Ecology programs and projects through long-term partnerships with key clients. Presently, our Northern regional Nature teams are working on a new electrical transmission line for National Grid (facilitating the connection of proposed new offshore wind), rail projects including the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU), nationally significant blue and green hydrogen production facilities, solar farm projects, in addition to various water and highways projects and potential to travel to assist with North Wales, Scotland and potentially more internationally.

Depending on the location, your interests and skillset, and the season you could be leading on work winning, working on Advanced Bat Survey Techniques, using innovative techniques for species surveys, and data capture and reporting, as well as be active in the management, coaching and mentoring of the team.

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Actively support the health, safety and well-being of the team and other colleagues;
  • Lead or support with the preparation of high quality and commercially astute bids and tenders for ecological services, notably in the energy, defence, and water sectors.
  • OverseePlan, schedule and organise ecological project work, ensuring necessary resources, budgets and controls are in place to meet both programme and budget requirements;
  • Lead or support delivery of high-quality ecological consultancy and advisory services to both internal and external clients, including through our check and review processes;
  • Support development of technically robust and pragmatic solutions to complex ecological issues;
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with other members of the ecology team, within projects and with clients by telephone, electronically and in both Teams and face to face meetings;
  • Lead or support with the production of ecology chapters for environmental statements and protected species licence applications;
  • Author or technically check project deliverables to ensure high quality outputs;

If you’re passionate about innovation and turning bold ideas into reality, AECOM welcomes you. Join our team, where we don’t just construct infrastructure but also uplift communities and enhance lives. Why not give our AECOM page on LinkedIn a follow to stay updated on the impactful projects we’re working on and see firsthand the difference we’re making in the industry!

Come grow with us.

Become part of our dynamic Nature business, which boasts around 150 professional experts including national and global leaders located across the UK and Republic of Ireland, from species licence holders to experts in impact assessment, habitat creation, ecosystem restoration, enhancement, and management. Our Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) professionals not only influence policy and guidance but steer practical and collaborative design decisions that promote positive outcomes.At AECOM, you’ll thrive in an inclusive and forward-thinking environment where your contributions are valued.

And let’s not forget about the perks at AECOM. You’ll enjoy a range of core and personalised benefits designed to support your future and well-being, customised to fit your lifestyle. Take advantage of career development opportunities, our flexible hybrid working model to ensure a work-life balance that suits your lifestyle, technical practice networks, AECOM University, and volunteering days.


Ready to push the limits of what’s possible?

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Proven track record of planning and delivery ecological services on projects in the UK or Ireland;
  • Well-developed understanding of relevant wildlife conservation or in relation to a least one major habitat type or species;
  • Protected species licences, ideally you will hold a Natural England Level 2 licence or higher;
  • You will be confident undertaking bat roost assessments of buildings and trees, planning and leading surveys and preparing technical reports.
  • Use of thermal cameras and / or night vision equipment;
  • Membership of an appropriate professional institution and evidence of working towards Chartership.

We celebrate diversity, including neurodiversity, and believe it enriches our team. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and abilities. If you are an applicant with a disability that requires reasonable accommodation to complete the application process, please contact us at ReasonableAdjustments@aecom.com. At AECOM, we value everyone’s unique contributions and perspectives.

If you meet some of the requirements above or have transferable skills you believe would benefit us, we would be delighted to hear from you!

Additional Information

This role will include a combination of field, office and home working (can be hybrid based) and be located , working at one of UK main offices, preferably either in Leeds, Newcastle or Manchester though other locations may be considered.

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