As Freedom Environmental Land Management team continues to grow and welcome new opportunities, we have an exciting and rewarding new post to fill! We’re looking for an experienced, forward thinking and dedicated Principal Ecologist / Technical Manager to oversee projects resulting in tangible benefits to biodiversity.

Home based, with office options available, with occasional travel required across the England and Scotland.

The Principal Environmental Consultant will be a key part of the strong delivery team, working closely with the Senior Partner, providing technical lead and oversight and delivery of environmental land management activities across multiple work streams.

Some of the key deliverables in this role will include:

  • Provide environmental land management & ecological technical support to enable Freedom to meet the technical and delivery requirements of their contracts. This requires a good knowledge and experience of practical delivery of environmental land management and ecological activities.
  • Project management of multiple work streams, including individual technical call off projects covering a wide range of topics and utilising a range of specialist internal consultants and sub-contractors.
  • Scheduling of priority activities and deliverables and managing or coordinating environmental site teams.
  • Leading and/or contributing towards bids, tenders, pricing, budget and project finance management.
  • Provide high level technical advice on environmental land management and ecological requirements.
  • Overseeing and reviewing high quality ecological and environmental reports and outputs, including Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA), Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA), protected species surveys, BNG assessments, site land management plans and Construction and Environment Management Plans (CEMP).


What we’re looking for:

If the above sounds exciting and something you’re well versed in, then we’d love to hear from you!

We’re looking for an experienced, forward thinking and dedicated Principal Ecologist or Technical Manager to oversee projects resulting in tangible benefits to biodiversity.


You must have Qualifications and experience in:

  • A degree in Conservation Management, Ecology or a relevant subject
  • Full Member of CIEEM / IEMA / CIWEM or equivalent, or capable of achieving (Desirable)
  • A protected species licence (Desirable)
  • At least 6 years of demonstrable consultancy experience (or equivalent within the industry) reflecting the elements listed above
  • Hold an in-depth knowledge of ecology, legislations and survey techniques
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills with the ability to produce accurate technical reports
  • Experience and knowledge of land-based industries (Agriculture, Land Management, Forestry, Ecology and Landscape)
  • Practical understanding of habitat creation, maintenance, restoration, ecology and ecological mitigation.
  • A good understanding of current wildlife and environmental legislation, policy trends, standards and established ecological guidance
  • Budgeting and maintenance of financial information
  • Full UK driving licence.


We’re always evolving our benefits to ensure we’re attracting and retaining great people.  Some of what you can expect includes:

  • Competitive Salary on Offer
  • Car/Car allowance
  • Pension with a leading provider and up to 8% employer contribution
  • Personal Wellbeing and Volunteer Days
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Free 24/7 365 Employee Assistance Program to support mental health and well-being (including counselling sessions and legal advice)
  • Flexible benefits to suit from Dental Insurance, Gym Memberships, Give As You Earn, Travel Insurance, Tax Free Bikes.
  • Personal development programme

About Us

We are one of the leading independent engineering and services businesses in the UK. Founded in 1921, with a turnover of £500m and 3000 employees, we are proud of our history of developing great people through our investment in training.

Working across a variety of sectors within the building and infrastructure industry, our innovative, responsible and forward thinking approach allows us to work on fantastic ground-breaking projects, providing solutions using the latest tools and technologies.

Progression is something we value and we’ll make sure that when you join us you have a clearly defined development path, supported by regular reviews, training and ongoing support to enable you to be the best you can be.