Job Summary

AECOM is looking to appoint a Senior / Principal Ecologist in Edinburgh to support our current project workload and the future growth of our business. The Senior / Principal Ecologist will assist and lead in the delivery of challenging technical projects throughout Scotland in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. In addition, they will work closely with ecologists and other specialists across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, assisting in the successful delivery of projects and supporting the development of these teams.

Job duties:

The Senior / Principal Ecologist will deliver ecological consultancy and advisory services to both internal and external clients to a high level of technical quality and to programme and budget. Current projects include high profile major transport and other infrastructure, conventional and renewable power development, international data centres, as well as other industrial, commercial and residential development projects. This is a tremendous opportunity to join and thrive in the winner of CIEEM’s 2019 Large Consultancy of the Year, one of the largest ecological consultancies in the UK and Ireland. The right candidate will have the opportunity to manage a diverse range of projects and further contribute to the growth and development of our highly successful business.

The Ecology team across Scotland and Ireland comprises 21 full time ecologists, based in Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Galway and Cork. We form part of the wider UK Ecology Team comprising over 240 ecologists. Our ecologists work in terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats. We provide clients with the full range of ecological services including specialist habitat and species surveys, impact assessment, advice on biodiversity mitigation, offsetting and enhancement, and management planning for biodiversity. AECOM is at the forefront of developing Biodiversity Net Gain and Natural Capital Accounting.

This role will afford our new Senior / Principal Ecologist unique benefits of scale not available in other ecological consultancies and access to an extensive skillset to support and encourage professional growth and development. AECOM’s Ecology team assembles regularly to share innovations, ideas and to ensure that the team are taking full advantage of the most up-to-date equipment and technology. The opportunities are endless within such a skilled and diverse community and there is a fertile environment for progressing bespoke career aspirations.

AECOM’s Freedom to Grow programme offers staff the flexibility to improve quality of life and better accommodate individual lifestyle. Our offices and staff are equipped to be fully agile. If it works for us, for you and our clients, we can make most things possible!

So, if you are seeking the opportunity to work on high profile, challenging and innovative projects, in a forward thinking and highly respected Ecology team, then this is the role for you!

Minimum Requirements

  • Proactive and careful approach to Health and Safety, including first aid training certificate;
  • Technical and professional proficiency with a demonstrable history of winning and delivering ecology projects to a high quality standard, on time and within budget;
  • Previous work experience in the ecology sector within a professional consultancy, or relevant NGO or academic institute;
  • Strong project management skills, including the checking and approval of proposals and project outputs and budget management;
  • Experience of ecological impact assessment, design and/or construction management on major projects in the UK and/or Ireland;
  • Excellent knowledge of UK or Ireland, and EC wildlife legislation and policy, as well as Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA), and an understanding of the pl

Preferred Qualifications

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.

As an employer of choice, we are more than happy to explore flexible working arrangements for this vacancy.

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future . Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world , but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Sciences

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Location: Midlothian, Edinburgh

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 224468BR

Clearance Required No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.