Salary – Up to £36,000 including London weighting


Looking for an opportunity to advance your career in consultancy within a supportive environment?

As a dynamic and growing business, we are looking for self-motivated and positive-minded Senior Ecologists to join our friendly teams in one of our five offices across the UK. The successful applicants will be involved in all areas of our work, supporting clients in vast range of different sectors. Responsibilities include co-ordinating and undertaking protected species surveys and mitigation projects, advising clients of constraints and survey requirements, preparing ecology chapters for Environmental Impact Assessments, and managing a team of ecologists to find commercially efficient and cost-effective project solutions.

This position could provide a great opportunity to lead and deliver complex contracts and support more junior staff, draft high-quality reports and review technical work, as well as support clients and their design teams by identifying solutions to their problems. We are keen to continue to grow our business, so you will play an important part in the delivery of our business development strategy by costing and tendering for work and finding new ways for the business to diversify and thrive.

We have fixed term and permanent roles available in several of our well-appointed offices across the UK and the successful candidates will be based from one of these, however, the project-based nature of our work means that in order to successfully carry out contracts there will be a requirement for travel, overnight stays and periods of working away from home.


Temple is one of the UK’s leading independent environmental consultancies, specialising in environmental assessments, planning, policy advice and sustainability. With a team comprised of some of the most talented people in the industry, we enjoy working on the most exciting and complex projects, where clients can leverage the full value of our insight and commitment.

Our current work portfolio includes Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and other support for HS2, Crossrail 2, iconic property developments and developing effective climate change strategies setting a low carbon future that will impact on the lives of many people. We currently provide expert advice to governments, agencies, companies and major infrastructure projects to help them reduce GHG emissions and adapt to the impacts of unavoidable future climate change. We carry out a wide range of bespoke planning, technical and environmental assessment projects – everything from air quality monitoring, climate change policy analysis, through to expert witness support in relation to aviation noise. We also provide technical support to clients in the private and public sectors, at local and national levels both in the UK and overseas.

To be considered for the role, you will:

Hold an appropriate degree qualification;
Have a minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience;
Have excellent knowledge of UK and relevant European environmental legislation;
Have excellent fieldwork and report writing skills including protected species surveys, EPSM applications, ES chapters and ecological management plans;
Be comfortable with and have experience in attending meetings and liaising with clients, contractors, sub-contractors and third-party stakeholders;
Be able to critically review your own work and a minimum 2 years’ experience of reviewing others’ work;
Be competent in the survey of and mitigation for one or more of the following key protected species: bats, badgers, birds, dormice, great crested newts, reptiles, and water voles;
Hold an EPS and/or conservation licence for one or more of the above species groups;
Have up to date knowledge of, and familiarity with, survey guidance for a range of protected species;
Demonstrate proven project and staff management experience;
Have good excellent organizational skills and an ability to resource work;
Be able to manage own workload, be proactive in managing projects and be able to delegate to and provide support to junior staff as appropriate;
Be proficient in customer service and able to deliver and lead training events and workshops, both internally to Temple and externally to clients and other stakeholders;
Hold full membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM);
Be proactive, a self-starter and able to use own initiative when appropriate;
Have a full clean UK driving licence;
Be eligible to work within the UK.
We also have a specific requirement for an experienced ecologist with experience in high level reptile mitigation.

Applications are particularly welcome from ecologists who have botany as a specialism and are, or could be certified at FISC level 4 or above.

What’s in it for you?

Flexible/Hybrid working
Competitive salary on a scale commensurate with experience.
TOIL (time off in lieu) policy and flexible approach to working hours to ensure a healthy work-life balance.
26 days annual leave (& bank holidays) plus an additional day for each year of service up to 29 days
Enhanced maternity pay;
Opportunities for career development;
Auto-enrolment pension scheme (after 3 months’ service);
Cycle to work scheme;
Socials, games nights and volunteering days through our staff engagement and development initiative;
Fun, friendly, and forward-thinking co-workers;
Fantastic training
Please click on the below links to apply.

Senior Ecologists – London


Senior Ecologists – North & Midlands