The Opportunity

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We are thrilled to announce that we are looking for a highly motivated, passionate and experienced Principal/Lead Ecologist to join our team in the north of the UK. This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing, supportive, and ambitious UK-wide Ecology team at Stantec.

As a Principal/ Lead Ecologist, you will collaborate with teams from different disciplines, with support of a growing wider UK Ecology Team. You will support our existing partnerships with various water utilities, as well as pursuing new opportunities.

As the Principal/ Lead ecologist in the north of the UK, you will have the opportunity to shape the future of our ecological aspirations. You will be responsible for building a team of talented and passionate professionals who share our vision of innovation, scientific research and a forward-thinking approach to biodiversity. You will also oversee the expansion of our ecological presence in the region, by fostering new client relationships and leading in excellence underpinned by implementing best practices. You will be a key player in advancing our UK presence and supporting our reputation for excellence in the field of ecology.

You will be responsible for managing complex ecological issues within a project context, mentoring staff, engaging with clients, and supporting bids and tenders to increase the diversity of projects that we currently deliver. The position will give you the opportunity to work with autonomy and build a successful team, designed around your passion for ecology.

Although Stantec has a large team of ecologists, we currently don’t have any ecologists specifically supporting our water utility frameworks in the north of the UK. The candidate will have support from the ecology water lead and other principal ecologists within the wider team but will be expected to act with some autonomy in order to build a team and secure opportunities for a growing team.

About You

You will be a seasoned Ecologist with at least 7 years of experience navigating the intricacies of professional consultancy. You’ll be a master of tackling complex ecological challenges within project contexts, drawing upon your in-depth knowledge of relevant legislation and policy.

Your expertise extends beyond legal frameworks. You will hold a wide understanding of terrestrial ecological issues, ideally backed by a protected species licence or a focused specialism in a particular area. Your skillset shines in conducting thorough assessments like PEAs, ECIAs, and ecological chapters, along with HRA contributions.

Familiarity with UKHab classification and the Defra Metric is essential, as is the ability to craft compelling fee proposals and manage project budgets. While experience in winning work and team development is a bonus, your passion for ecology and expertise are what truly matter.

If you’re ready to lead the charge on complex ecological projects and make a real difference, step forward! We’re eager to welcome you to our dynamic team.

About Stantec

Stantec is a professional services firm. Our team of 26,000 global experts provides engineering, architecture, environmental, and project management services across all phases of the project life cycle.

We’re designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

From large-scale developments to challenging neighbourhood projects, we stretch across our global network to learn from others, offer our support, and gain new experiences along the way. So while we work to help the communities around us thrive, our own people thrive too.

Stantec provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants for future and current employment and prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We prohibit discrimination in decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, referral, promotion, compensation, fringe benefits, job training, terminations or any other condition of employment. Stantec is in compliance with laws and regulations and ensures equitable opportunities in all aspects of employment.

At Stantec we are committed to ensuring our recruitment process is accessible to all. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made during the recruitment process then please inform a member of our Talent Acquisition team.