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Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 03/05/2015
Company Name Natural Power
Contact Name
Telephone +44 (0) 1644 430 728
Website Further Details / Applications
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Aberystwyth, Wales 

Natural Power is a leading independent renewable energy consultancy and products provider offering consultancy, management and due diligence services across the onshore wind, offshore wind, wave, tidal and biomass sectors.  We have built a successful ethos for delivering environmentally balanced and rewarding projects that allow Renewables Clients to achieve their objectives with our trusted support and expertise.

The Ecology & Hydrology department within Natural Power is made up of a diverse range of ecologists and hydrologists with considerable technical experience and expertise from having worked on renewable projects for over twelve years

The Role

Due to the continued success of the Ecology and Hydrology department, we are looking to recruit an experienced Ecologist into our office in Aberystwyth, Wales.  Reporting into the Senior Ecologist, some of the duties and responsibilities associated with the role include: 

  • To undertake ornithological/ecological fieldwork associated with renewable energy developments throughout the UK.  Survey work will be associated with schemes that are in the development, construction and post-construction phases;
  • To be responsible for fieldwork teams (when on site and also when in the office) and co-ordinate all required aspects of the fieldwork ensuring that work is completed on time and to a high quality standard;
  • To undertake the ecological clerk of works (ECoW) role on onshore wind farm sites in the UK predominantly in Wales;
  • To provide expertise and assistance/advice to ecology team project managers on ecological matters, specifically ornithological aspects of projects;
  • To provide technical input/advice to clients on site where required and if applicable;
  • Where applicable, to liaise with clients, landowners and statutory consultees throughout the course of the projects 

Qualifications and Experience 

You will hold a degree or equivalent in a biological, environmental or ecological discipline.  Further to academic qualifications, it is essential that you have demonstrable experience in a similar role, fulfilling comparable duties and responsibilities as discussed above.  You will be a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. You will also have specialist vegetation/habitat skills, specifically tailored for the renewable industry with suitable knowledge and experience to undertake ornithological field surveys and terrestrial ecological field surveys (i.e. otter, water vole and badger surveys). You will be aware of how construction can impact upon these species and what legislation and guidance is applicable for this. 

In addition to the above, you should have specialist ECoW skills and be familiar with the requirements of the role during the construction phase of a renewables development specifically onshore wind.  Possessing a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card would also be beneficial. 

You will have excellent interpersonal skills being able to build meaningful relationships with stakeholders at all levels involved in project; further to this, you will have the depth of character when called upon to act when things are not being done within guidelines.  As a result of this, you will possess excellent communication skills being able to convey clear and concise information in both written and verbal format to colleagues, clients, contractors and third parties. 

You will be capable of producing technical reports and as a result, you will be a proficient user of I.T. software (Microsoft Office).  Exposure to Document Management Systems and/or Enterprise Resource Planning software would be advantageous. 

Due to the nature of the role, you will be expected to be flexible with your time and standard duties.  A full drivers’ licence is essential. 

Further Details 

Salary offered will be dependent on your experience and fit for the role.  Further to salary, other benefits include; generous holidays that increase with tenure, group personal pension scheme, childcare vouchers, bike to work scheme, discounts at related companies, life assurance, critical illness cover and income protection.  We offer a positive working environment, relaxed in terms of dress code and some of our approaches, yet highly professional with excellent support mechanisms in place to develop your knowledge and career.  

The position is primarily based from our office in Aberystwyth, with regular time on site and traveling.  The office is a short walk from rail and bus stations and has its own car park; road access is via the A487 and A44.  Aberystwyth is a vibrant university town on the West Wales coast with access to superb countryside and outdoor pursuits, from hiking and mountain biking to fishing and surfing. The town has a lively social scene with music and cafes high on the agenda. It is well served with schools and other facilities including supermarkets, independent shops, cinemas and sports clubs. 

Full details are available on our website.  Please apply online by uploading your CV and cover letter; this should clearly set out why you are suitable for the role.  Our software uses CV parsing technology, so please ensure that information extracted is correct before submitting your application. 

Closing date:  Sunday 3rd May 2015 


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