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Graduate Ecologist

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Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location Scotland (South) - UK
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level First Level
Deadline 21/09/2014
Company Name Natural Power
Contact Name Iseult Smyth
Telephone +44 (0) 1644 430 728
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Graduate Ecologist

Dumfries & Galloway

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 rewarding projects that allow Clients to reach their economic objectives.

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.  Now the UK’s largest renewables specific ecological consultancy, we are ideally placed to offer you support and guidance in order to progress as an ecologist in the renewable energy industry.

We work on some of the most high profile on/offshore projects in the UK and you will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced professionals.

The Opportunity

Due to the continued success and growth of the Natural Power Ecology and Hydrology department, we are looking for high calibre graduates with the right combination of technical expertise, commerciality and desire to work in renewables to join us as a Graduate Ecologist.

Some of the duties and responsibilities associated with the role include:

  • Undertake fieldwork surveys for birds, protected mammal species and habitats;
  • Help to produce written technical reports on birds, protected mammals and terrestrial habitats;
  • To assist with the production of documentation to discharge planning conditions;
  • Help to produce survey and monthly project reports;
  • Help to produce scoping reports and EIA chapters;
  • To competently undertake and produce literature reviews;
  • Attend regular team meetings;
  • Provide regular progress reports for projects and team management as required;
  • Deliver and present technical reports to internal and external audiences; and
  • Build and maintain positive effective working relationships.

Qualifications and Experience

You will hold a degree or equivalent in a biological, environmental or ecological discipline with an in-depth knowledge in ecology and identification of a wide range of species in both the UK and internationally (mammals, birds, vegetation, habitat, etc.). Ideally this will be complimented with a postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject. 

Ideally you will have specialist knowledge/experience in:

  • Basic understanding of the renewable industry, the EIA process, and the issues surrounding ecology for onshore construction projects;
  • Time management skills;
  • Organising and taking part in surveys
  • UK and European legislation in relation to protected habitats and species
  • Planning system in relation to renewable energy

You will possess excellent communication skills, being able to convey clear and concise information in both written and verbal format to staff, clients and third parties alike when applicable. You will have strong I.T. skills being a competent and proficient user of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Outlook in particular).  Exposure to an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) or Document Management System would be highly advantageous.

Due to the nature of the role, you will be expected to be flexible with your time and standard duties.  A full driver’ licence and access to a vehicle 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 role is based from our Scottish Headquarters, The Green House in Dumfries and Galloway, for a more accurate location, please use DG7 3XS. We are based in an environmentally friendly office in an 11,000 acre forest, allowing immediate access to outdoor activities, such as; running, cycling, dog walking (kennels on site), golf, clay pigeon shooting and Loch Ken sailing centre nearby.  The office is one hour and forty minutes from Glasgow and fifty minutes from Ayr, as such we are looking for someone who is local to the area. 

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 21st September


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