Senior Ecologist – Croydon, Winchester or Huntingdon

Posted: 09.05.17

The Company
REC is a national, multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy with over 20 years’ experience in environmental, regulatory and risk management services. With over 120 staff based throughout the UK, REC provides technical expertise in both the built and natural environment across a variety of sectors – from government agencies and major developers, to public sector bodies and housing associations.

The Role
As part of REC’s ongoing growth and development in the South, REC is expanding its Ecology team and looking for a commercially focused professional to join the business. The individual will be based at one of our southern offices in Croydon, Winchester or Huntingdon.

As a Senior Ecologist, you will be part of REC’s busy multi-disciplinary consultancy team in the South, as well as provide support to the wider Ecology team throughout the UK. Working within the established southern consultancy team, you will also work alongside corporate teams including Business development, Marketing and HSEQ.

Main Duties To:

  • Manage and oversee ecology projects.
  • Write reports and technical review work.
  • Advise clients on ecological aspects relating to their schemes – including mixed use and residential developments, minerals/waste projects, infrastructure and energy projects.
  • Seek opportunities through coordinated business development to expand REC’s Ecology and other services and capabilities.
  • Prepare fee proposals, liaising with clients, and converting into fee earning work.
  • Supervise/mentor Ecology staff and team development, as part of the wider southern team.

Qualifications/Role Requirements:

  • Considerable and demonstrable ecological expertise, preferably from within the consultancy sector, with experience of protected species survey and licencing.
  • Experience in the preparation and delivery of mitigation strategies and licences, particularly with great crested newt and reptiles.
  • Experience in managing ecological input to development projects of all scales across a range of sectors and working with other environmental disciplines.
  • Demonstrable experience of project winning, delivery and client management.
  • Qualified to degree level or higher in a relevant field of Ecology, Natural Sciences or a related subject.
  • Full membership of CIEEM and hold or be eligible for Chartered status (CEcol or CEnv).
  • A well-regarded team player with experience of managing staff and subcontractors, and able to development a good rapport with clients and colleagues.
  • Excellent communicator and experience of liaising with Local Planning Authorities, Natural England and presenting development plans and ideas.
  • You will understand the business environment of consultancy, ecology and be commercially astute.
  • Full driving license.
  • Licences for protected species surveys, particularly great crested newt and bats

Working hours

This is a full time permanent role working 40 hours per week Monday to Friday with flexibility required to meet the needs of the business.

Company Benefits

We offer a range of learning and development opportunities depending on the role, with all employees having access to a range of internally delivered training modules as standard. In our science based roles we offer structured career progression, more details of which can be discussed during the recruitment process.

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer as a minimum: Pension scheme, Healthcare Cash Plan, Employee Savings scheme, Cycle to Work scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Discounted Gym membership rates and local Reward & Recognition schemes.

How to apply

To apply please send your current CV stating the reason why you are applying for the role to