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Senior/Principal Ecologists, and Ecologists | Cardiff, Birmingham, Bolton, London, Stoke, Leeds, Glasgow and Edinburgh

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Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location UK - Flexible - UK
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Company Name Wardell Armstrong LLP
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Wardell Armstrong LLP is a successful multi-disciplinary consultancy with 13 offices across the UK, employing approximately 500 staff. We currently have circa 50 permanent ecologists across 8 offices and working together with our clients, the ecology team deliver solutions to challenging problems in a wide range of projects of varying sizes including residential, large scale mixed use developments, utilities & infrastructure, green energy (wind turbines, solar) and quarries plus a range of other bespoke projects and clients.

The Roles

We have opportunities in the following locations Cardiff, Birmingham, Bolton, London, Stoke, Leeds, Glasgow and Edinburgh for permanent full time or part time  Senior/Principal Ecologists, and Ecologists. Along with casual (0 Hour contracts)/seasonal (temporary 6 month contracts) for Ecologists.

The Ecology Team works alongside a variety of other environmental disciplines within the Firm, including environmental planning, archaeology, arboriculture, landscape architecture and engineering and responsibilities include:

  • Undertake ecological desk studies
  • Assist with protected species surveys
  • Compile, analyse, evaluate and interpret survey data
  • Be exposed to the full breadth of ecology works in a short space of time
  • Produce and contribute to technical reports including Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Ecological Impact Assessments, Biodiversity Net Gain Assessments and others
  • Map Habitats in a GIS system and contribute towards Biodiversity Net Gain Assessments
  • Gain insights into the planning system
  • Learn project management skills
  • Be taught the necessary skills for you to advance your career in ecology


As a successful candidate you will:

  • Preferably have a minimum of 6 months experience of ecological work;
  • Hold a degree or equivalent in ecology or a related discipline.
  • Hold, or be working towards, ‘qualifying member’ status, or higher, of CIEEM
  • Have a basic to good understanding of relevant UK Nature conservation legislation and planning process;
  • Have an adaptable and flexible approach to work to meet demands at peak times.  As the role is likely to involve occasional longer and / or unsociable hours, a willingness to undertake moderate (significant at times) travel to sites within the UK, sometimes staying locally for several days is essential. ;
  • Holder of at least one protected species licence preferable but not essential.
  • Be able to work effectively alone and as part of a team, learning and sharing expertise.
  • A full UK driving licence and own vehicle
  • Holder of a valid CSCS card is preferable but not essential.
  • Have experience of preparing digital maps via GIS

We offer a competitive salary based on experience along with the following benefits for permanent or temporary contracts:

  • Toil + additional pay for unsocial hours (10pm – 6am)
  • Hybrid home/office working arrangement
  • Membership of the Firm’s Group Personal Pension Plan, with Employer’s contribution of up to 5%
  • Payment of a relevant professional subscription (i.e., CIEEM)
  • 24 days annual leave per year
  • Membership to the Firm’s Private Health Care Scheme
  • Inclusion in the Firm’s Critical Illness Cover Policy
  • Inclusion in the Firm’s Life Assurance Policy, insuring you 3 times your annual salary
  • Mobile Phone with inclusive tariff including personal usage
  • Flexitime Working Schedule
  • Long service awards
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Travel Loans
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Recruitment Bounty Scheme
  • A structured training and mentoring process

Career Progression:

We offer excellent career prospects in a supportive working environment with no restrictions on how far you can progress. We encourage all of our employees to contribute to their professional institution

Amongst other benefits, WA also provide a bespoke training and mentoring programme for all grades, tailored to suit an individual’s needs. Training is provided internally as well as from external sources where needed. We will support staff in gaining the necessary experience and references with regard to protected species survey licences.

Please apply with your CV and cover letter, specifying your desired role and office location of interest to janine.davies@wardell-armstrong.com

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