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Senior Ecologist

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Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Salary Additional Information Up to £36,000
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Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Company Name Temple Group
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Directory Entry : Temple are leaders in the field of built and natural environments and creating sustainable futures.
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Salary - Up to £36,000

Location - SUSSEX

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

As a dynamic and growing business, we are searching for self-motivated and positive-minded Senior Ecologists to join our friendly team in our Sussex office. 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.

We have permanent roles (on a full or part time basis) available in our well-appointed converted Sussex barn in the heart of the South Downs National Park. The project-based nature of our work means that there will be a requirement for travel and occasional overnight stays to complete the contract.

This position will 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.


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 consists of a range of projects that span pre-planning consent through to delivery of mitigation and post-planning condition discharges. We routinely work on Biodiversity Net Gain, Ecosystem Services Assessments and some of our recent innovative projects have included bat radiotracking and work with acoustic deterrents. Our clients include large and small housing developers, schools and universities and infrastructure developers. We also provide support to Local Authorities including assessment of local wildlife sites and planning application review. 

In the wider group 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, Mitigation Licence applications, 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
  • Be competent in the mitigation for one or more of the following species groups bats, badgers, birds, dormice, great crested newts, reptiles, and water voles;
  • 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;
  • Hold Associate/Full membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) or be eligible;
  • 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.

Applications are particularly welcome from ecologists who have:

  • At least one Natural England protected species licence preferably Bat Class 2 or GCN Class 1 licence
  • Be able to be a named ecologist on mitigation licences
  • Botany as a specialism.
  • A minimum 2 years’ experience of reviewing others’ work;
  • Experience in undertaking BNG assessments

What’s in it for you?

  • 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;
  • Dog friendly office
  • Fun, friendly, and forward-thinking co-workers;
  • Fantastic training 

Equal Opportunities

Temple is an Equal Opportunities Employer.  We provide a diverse and inclusive workplace and ensure that all of our staff respect and understand individual differences.  We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignments, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. 

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