If you are an ecologist who wants to play a national role in one of the most exciting, urgent challenges of our time, we have a brilliant opportunity.

As owners of the electricity transmission network in England and Wales, Net Zero cannot happen without us. We’re investing billions of pounds into the infrastructure projects needed across the country and are deeply committed to ensuring this work makes a measurable and long lasting improvement to the natural world.


We need a Principal Ecologist to help deliver our Nature Positive commitments including biodiversity net gain (BNG).  This is an opportunity to use your skills and experience to collaborate with our internal teams, engineers, ecologists, contractors and strategic partners as an integral part of the design and development process. You will influence and shape the delivery of BNG and nature positive outcomes for an organisation aiming to become a world leader in environmentally sustainable infrastructure.

You’ll be helping reverse the decline of UK biodiversity by rebuilding and restoring the natural environment. You’ll be looking at nature-based and nature-positive solutions, contributing to national strategy and working with organisations like The Wildlife Trusts and RSPB.

You’re not going to be sat at a desk all day writing reports. You’ll be out on site one or two days a week, making a very real, practical difference. Your four key areas of accountability will be technical advice, project specific support and guidance; BNG data provision, reporting and assurance; and insights to support the development of future strategy and continual improvement.

We operate a hybrid working pattern where we would like to see you in our Warwick head office at least once a week but there is flexibility in how the other days will be spent working at home and on site at various locations.

You’ll be welcomed into a positive, inclusive organisation that aims to become one of the most diverse, equitable and inclusive companies of the 21st century.

“This job is a fantastic opportunity to make a big difference by delivering environmental improvement on a national scale. You’ll be working with a huge variety of people, guiding them to deliver significant benefits to the natural environment.”  
Christopher Plester, Net Gain Technical Lead

What’s in it for you?

  • A salary of £44,100 – £55,800 dependent on capability
  • Job requirement car
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • 26 days annual leave, plus eight statutory days
  • The option to buy additional or sell holiday days
  • Generous contributory pension scheme – we will double-match your contribution to a maximum company contribution of 12%
  • Financial support to help cover the cost of professional membership subscriptions, course fees, books, exam fees and time off for study leave – so long as it’s relevant to your role
  • Access to several flexible benefits such as a share incentive plan and technology schemes, support via employee assistance lines and matched charity giving
  • Family care benefits including a back-up care service for when your usual care arrangements fall through (six paid days each year as standard with the option to purchase further days)
  • Access to numerous apps which support health, fitness and wellbeing


What you’ll need

You’ll need a degree or relevant experience, and a background operating in a large organisation with a focus on developing and delivering BNG solutions. We’d like you have experience of ecology, environmental data and reporting, nature-based solutions and natural capital, and preferably a network of contacts at organisations that we could potentially partner with.

You must have a driving licence that permits you to drive in the UK and the flexibility to travel as required.

More Information

This advert closes on 13th June 2024 however we encourage candidates to submit their application as early as possible and not wait until the published closing date as this can vary.
Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At National Grid we are committed to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace for everyone. So, if you’re excited about this role but your experience or qualifications don’t match the job description exactly, we encourage you to apply anyway. You might just be the right person for our growing business in this role or another one.



At National Grid, we work towards the highest standards in everything we do, including how we support, value and develop our people. Our aim is to encourage and support employees to thrive and be the best they can be. We celebrate the difference people can bring into our organisation, and welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds, and offer flexible and tailored support, at home and in the office.

Our goal is to drive, develop and operate our business in a way that results in a more inclusive culture. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, the innovation from diverse teams & perspectives and business need. We are committed to building a workforce so we can represent the communities we serve and have a working environment in which each individual feels valued, respected, fairly treated, and able to reach their full potential.