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Our Vacancy

Senior / Principal Ecologist

  • Permanent / Engineering / Technical
  • London
  • 21/03/24
  • On site

Assystem is an international company with one mission: accelerate the energy transition around the world.

The UK government has made a pledge to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and, as such, is pushing ahead with significant investment in nuclear and renewable energies. Assystem, as a leading provider of project management, design & construction supervision services within the sustainability industry, has aligned its own strategy to support this switch to low-carbon energy, whilst also recognising transport and infrastructure systems to be a major factor in influencing the outcome of government policy.

By acquiring Schofield Lothian in 2021, Assystem reaffirmed their commitment to the UK’s energy transition in combining strengths with a long-established provider of consultancy services to the transport and infrastructure sectors, through the delivery of sustainable performance improvements within four practice areas: Consents & Engagement; Commercial Management; Project Management; and Environmental Services.

The Ecological Services department is looking to expand due to continuous growth with strong relationships with a range of clients.

We focus on hiring team members that align with our company values and have integrity. We provide ecology consultancy services to a wide range of clients. We pride ourselves in technical excellence and providing an innovative, pragmatic, client friendly service. 

Job Description

We are looking for a dynamic senior / principal ecologist who has proven experience in leading teams on the Biodiversity Net Gain charge! With our project load growing we are needing support on a range of projects with a clear focus towards Biodiversity Net Gain and supporting our clients through the process. We also require senior input on protected species issues so the role would be diverse and not wholly focused on BNG.

We are a small but quickly growing ecology team and a Registered Practice of CIEEM, so if you think the role could be suitable, please get in touch.


The Key Roles & Responsibilities

  • Providing ecological input to a varied range of projects across different sectors, including residential, commercial, large infrastructure and renewable energy,
  • Leading the team and supporting our clients on Biodiversity Net Gain,
  • Planning and co-ordinating field surveys, analysing and interpreting survey results;
  • Training and supporting the team in undertaking field surveys and managing survey data;
  • Designing and co-ordinating ecological mitigation works;
  • Authoring and/or reviewing ecological reports, such as Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Ecological Impact Assessments, Biodiversity Chapters for Environmental Impact Assessments, and Habitat Regulations Assessments;
  • Authoring and/or reviewing, and providing guidance on, protected species licence applications; and
  • Managing work enquiries, preparing bids and building client relationships.

My profile

The following qualifications and/or attributes are what we would like our candidate to have

  • A clear history of working within Ecological Consultancy
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), chartership, or be on the route to chartership (Assystem to cover membership costs);
  • Experience in UKHabitat survey (demonstrable botanical identification would be desirable) and protected species survey;
  • At least one protected species survey licence (desirable but not essential);
  • Strong understanding of UK wildlife legislation, planning policies, licensing requirements and best practice survey techniques;
  • Good understanding of biodiversity net gain (BNG) / application of biodiversity enhancements;
  • Experience of producing ecological reports, including Preliminary Ecological Appraisal Reports and Ecological Impact Assessment Reports;
  • Strong collaborative behaviours to interface with multi-disciplinary teams, clients, and other stakeholders;
  • Excellent communication skills; and
  • A full valid UK driving licence.

Benefits include:

  • Pension scheme (8% company contribution / 4% personal contribution)
  • 25 days’ paid annual leave + bank holidays + option to buy or sell days
  • Professional fees reimbursed
  • Flexible working
  • Employee referral scheme



Hybrid remote/in-office

We are committed to equal treatment of candidates and promote, as well as foster all forms of diversity within our company. We believe that bringing together people with different backgrounds and perspectives is essential for creating innovative and impactful solutions. Skills, talent, and our people’s ability to dare are the only things that matter !. Bring your unique contributions and help us shape the future.

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