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Ecological Consultant - Birmingham, Cardiff, Guildford, Leeds or Manchester

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Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location England (South Central) - UK
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Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Company Name Thomson Environmental Consultants
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Are you a professional, hard-working ecologist seeking a new role in commercial consultancy?  If you enjoy the variety of site work, leading a site team, hold a protected species survey licence or have specialist skills gained from working in commercial consultancy, come and join our growing team!

The role

We are looking for talented Ecological Consultants to join our rapidly expanding teams, enhancing our offering to clients and building on our success. Fundamental to our business’ continual progression, which has seen 42% growth in 2020, is the recruitment of more great team members to join us on this journey and to share in our success.

Suitable candidates will have previous experience in commercial consultancy, have the confidence to undertake a variety of site and office-based tasks, including undertaking protected species surveys, desk studies and preliminary ecological appraisals with minimal supervision; alongside management of small to medium sized projects. Variety and travel are key aspects of life as an Ecological Consultant at Thomson, so you’ll need to enjoy this part of the job, as travelling and staying away from home is a regular requirement, especially during peak season. Outputs are expected to be high quality, on time and within budget. As with all consultancy work, you will need to be a professional with the ability to communicate effectively and to maintain positive client relationships.

You’ll be joining a company which is ambitious, progressive, rapidly growing and offers certainty in times of change. One where you play a key part in shaping the future and where you will be directly rewarded for your contributions to its growth, as we are proudly employee owned. We are constantly innovating and being opportunistic to market changes. This is demonstrated through many recent in-house development projects and the addition of climate change and biodiversity net gain to our commercial offering to our clients. It really is an exciting time to join #teamthomson!

Our workplace is happy and friendly – we are commercial but not corporate, guided by our values of Respect, Integrity, Support and Excellence.  As an Employee Owned Trust (EOT) our collective efforts generate results that translate into greater rewards for everyone.  You’ll enjoy all the benefits we have to offer, including EOT approved bonuses (after 1 year of service), fantastic on-the-job training with the opportunity to develop existing field and project management skills within the industry through interesting and challenging projects, 25 days annual leave, discounted gym membership, free parking (location dependent) and regular social events, with the odd cake thrown in for good measure!

Successful candidates will

  • have proven, previous experience in a similar role, ideally within a commercial consultancy
  • have a degree or postgraduate degree in ecology or a closely related subject
  • have field skills in one or more specialist areas
  • hold a protected species licence
  • have prior experience of project management/organising and/or co-ordinating surveys
  • have good knowledge of ecology, legislation, and survey best practice
  • have enthusiasm for keeping up to date with new technologies and best practice
  • be an excellent communicator with the ability to write clear, concise reports
  • have a full UK driving licence and use of a car
  • be willing, able and keen to travel and stay away from home regularly
  • have a positive outlook and a strong desire to succeed. 

About us

Thomson Environmental Consultants are experts in environmental compliance. Our specialist teams have been advising our clients across various sectors, on how to achieve their objectives and meet required environmental compliance since 2004. We cover a breadth of specialisms and are always pragmatic with our advice. With offices in Birmingham, Cardiff, Guildford, Leeds and Manchester, our teams provide: ecological advice; undertake surveys and assessments; habitat design and creation; ecological contracting; invasive species management; freshwater and marine consultancy; arboriculture consultancy and contracting; data management and mapping; and marine laboratory services (invertebrates, fish and sediment analyses).

You can find out more about the type, size and scope of the projects we work on here: https://www.thomsonec.com/projects/

What you can expect from us? Read some of our employee testimonials:

Thomson has provided me with the opportunity to manage a diverse portfolio of projects from a variety of sectors. The company fosters a positive atmosphere where everyone feels valued. The support team are fantastic and work tirelessly to make life easier for everyone else. Thomson thrives on innovation and actively engages with research institutes to improve the effectiveness of its survey methods. People are recognised for their achievements and there are plenty of opportunities for career progression. I recommend Thomson for anyone considering a career in ecology. William T

Thomson offers its staff a great culture in which to thrive in. With an open-door policy, supportive team environment and flexible working, it creates a happy and productive workplace. Our CEO is always keen to explore new ventures, making Thomson an exciting place to work and let’s not forget our amazing staff parties organised by our very own social team! Finance Team

I’ve found the culture of the company refreshing – there’s a fast-pace approach to decision making which means that ideas are not just discussed but implemented! Tessa H

These are permanent positions based at one of our offices in Birmingham, Cardiff, Guildford, Leeds or Manchester. The successful candidates will live within commuting distance of these offices or be prepared to relocate. An element of remote working will be considered.

Please apply as soon as possible with your CV and a convincing covering letter outlining your suitability for the role (max 500 words) to recruitment@thomsonec.com

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