We are looking for an experienced senior ecologist to join our award-winning Edinburgh practice. The successful applicant will work within the EIA team as well as alongside our wider environmental, planning, landscape and design teams on a number of high profile and challenging projects. We deliver Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) other forms of environmental planning advice and assessment for a range of clients and project types across Scotland.

You will contribute fully to multi-disciplinary teams and projects. You must have an excellent standard of fieldwork, graphic and written communication and presentation and enjoy a fast paced and varied workload. You will be responsible for supporting a variety of multi-disciplinary projects, with a key focus on supporting on a range of ecological surveys, managing field data and the delivery of technical reports.


  • A degree in biology/ecology or directly related subject. An additional higher degree in a relevant subject would be an advantage.
  • Experience in the UK ecological consultancy market with a strong client facing approach preferred
  • Excellent field skills in habitats and protected/notable species. The majority of our work is in Scotland so Scottish based experience would be an advantage.
  • Experience in planning, assisting and delivering baseline species/habitat surveys to fulfil project requirements related to planning applications, EIA, HRA etc.
  • Excellent knowledge, understanding and experience of applying relevant guidance for surveys. This includes experience in undertaking protected species surveys, as well as habitat / botanical surveys (UKHab/Phase 1).
  • Personal conservation licence for/working towards at least one protected species and experience of obtaining or working under a variety of protected species licences and liaising with regulatory bodies to negotiate and obtain consents.
  • Strong knowledge of wildlife legislation including planning processes and/or EIA/HRA assessments and undertaking surveys.
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management or equivalent
  • Proficiency in report writing skills, displaying high standards with attention to detail and ability to write accurate and concise reports, such as ecological appraisals, survey reports, method statement
  • Experience in preparation and writing robust ecological sections of environmental impact assessments
  • Willingness to travel and undertake fieldwork across Scotland to support our project teams (access to transport can be provided).

The practice is an Equal Opportunities Employer and offers mentoring and internal and external professional training and CPD. We offer a competitive salary and conditions dependent on skills and experience.