Team Lead Ecologist
Manchester, UK
3d ago

Principal Ecologist

At Arcadis, we never lose sight of what’s most important. Because we look beyond our projects and programmes and you’ll see it’s about human stories.

From remaking public spaces that bring people together, to making cities easier to navigate, we’re focused on making an impact where it matters most and improving quality of life.

It’s a shared goal amongst 27,000 Arcadians. And one we can only achieve by working together and applying our skills and expertise across design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services.

It’s how we’ll find solutions to our clients’ most complex challenges. And how we’ll deliver exceptional results, today and tomorrow.

Job Description

As a Principal Ecologist, you will join our team of over 50 ecologists, who have more than 30 years of experience undertaking ecological surveys and assessments, as well as the provision of advice on soil, land use, hydrological and sustainable drainage issues, arboriculture, ecosystem service, natural capital assessment, biodiversity strategies and metrics and cultural heritage.

During this time, we have undertaken over 2,000 projects covering a wide range of environmental disciplines throughout the UK, in Europe and beyond, for public and private clients.

Presently, we are engaged on a variety of large and interesting projects, including Urban and Greenfield Residential Development, Highway and Rail Schemes, Power Stations, Electrical and Gas Infrastructure, and are working for a wide selection of clients based throughout the UK, including EDF Energy, Welsh Government, Transport for Wales, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) National Grid, the Environment Agency, Transport for London, Highways England, Network Rail, the Canal and River Trust, Housing Associations and various Local Authorities across the country.

We are also involved in international work via Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessments and our Natural Capital Community of Practice.

Reporting to the Team Leader, you will be accountable for the quality control, coordination and completion of assigned tasks and projects within the Business Unit or project team.

As we operate in such a diverse marketplace, we can safely say that you will gain experience of working on a wide and varied portfolio of projects which will enhance your skills and test your technical knowledge.

As a Principal Consultant, you will be responsible for leading and managing the delivery of a range of projects to meet time, budgetary and SHEQ targets, managing the ecological aspects of the client relationship so that delivery exceeds client expectations.

You will take a leadership role on projects and within the team, providing both direction and technical advice and leading by example.

We will ensure that we offer personal development which will allow you to progress your career and offer you the opportunity to be mentored by industry-recognised Technical Leaders in their field who will lend you their experience and ensure that the training you receive will give you the best possible chance of success.

Responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to :

  • Managing projects (particularly budgets and cashflow), attending meetings, supporting the Team Leader in day to day running of the team, providing advice to clients and managing bid production.
  • Having responsibility for technical quality / approval of project deliverables.
  • Undertaking ecological surveys, overseeing / undertaking the analysis of results of field surveys.
  • Managing and / or producing Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEAs), impact assessments, biodiversity strategies and other documents.
  • Providing advice on ecological issues, both at an in-depth level within own area of expertise but also on a broad range of issues.
  • Compiling licence applications, including developing mitigation and monitoring strategies.
  • Undertaking / supervising mitigation and monitoring of licensed work and liaising with statutory authorities.
  • Undertaking performance management of assigned team members and providing training at staff meetings and to smaller groups of staff.
  • Designing research projects and contributing to the development of best practice with respect to training and survey standards, as appropriate.
  • Requirements

  • Excellent commercial and project management skills for a range of project sizes.
  • Detailed knowledge of ecological principles, biodiversity metrics, relevant environmental and ecological impact assessment (EcIA) legislation, policy and guidance.
  • In-depth knowledge of particular plant or animal groups and appropriate field survey skills.
  • Proven track record in writing and delivering Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEAs), writing and / or delivering Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) assessments, Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIAs) and Ecology Chapters for Environmental Statements which have been successfully consented.
  • Proven track record in writing project and / or plan-level Habitat Regulation Assessments (HRAs).
  • Proven experience of bid production for a range of projects and client interaction.
  • Ability to line manage and potentially to lead a team.
  • Hold survey and / or mitigation / conservation licenses.
  • Leads in the design and compliance of biosecurity and health and safety protocols.
  • You will hold a relevant degree, ideally with a further education qualification.
  • Chartered Environmentalist / Ecologist (or demonstrably approaching Chartered Ecologist).
  • Full member of CIEEM.
  • The ability to travel, when necessary.
  • Why Arcadis?

    At Arcadis, you’ll have the opportunity to build the career that’s right for you. Because each Arcadian has their own motivations, their own career goals.

    And, as a people first’ business, it’s why we’ll take the time to listen, to understand what you want from your time here, and provide the support you need to achieve your ambitions.

    Wherever you join us, you can look forward to a competitive reward package that includes an attractive starting salary, opportunities for career development and being part of a sociable community.

    We have a performance-related bonus scheme and an employee recognition scheme. Other benefits include membership fees to join your relevant professional body, employer contribution pension scheme, flexible working and a flexible holiday scheme.

    We believe that by working together diverse people with different experiences develop the most innovative ideas. Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of how we improve quality of life and we work closely with our people across six ED&I Workstreams : Age, Disability, Faith, Gender, LGBT+ and Race.

    A diverse and skilled workforce is essential to our success.


  • You will hold a relevant degree, ideally with a further education qualification
  • Chartered Environmentalist / Ecologist (or demonstrably approaching Chartered Ecologist).
  • Full member of CIEEM.
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