Ecologists study the relationship between plants, animals and the environment. They look at how animals and plants inhabit a particular environment, and report on the likely impact of any proposed construction works.
Depending on the job in hand, they could spend time working outdoors, at a university, in an office or in a laboratory.
Typical hours per week
39 - 41
How to become an ecologist
There are several routes to becoming an ecologist. You can gain the qualifications you need by doing a university course or an apprenticeship.
If you already have relevant experience you may be able to apply directly to an employer or train on-the-job. Volunteering is also a great way to get experience and may improve your chances of finding work.
You should explore these routes to become an ecologist to find out which is the right one for you.
You may need a (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You can complete an undergraduate degree or postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject such as :
You’ll need :
An apprenticeship with a firm specialising in surveying or ecology is a good way into the industry. If you have a degree in a relevant subject, you may be able to do a postgraduate ecologist degree apprenticeship.
You’ll need a qualification and experience in an ecological science to apply.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week.
If you have some basic experience, you could apply directly to a firm specialising in surveying or ecology to gain on-site experience as an ecologist.
You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced ecologist and progress as your abilities improve.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as an ecologist.
Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as an ecologist include :
What does an ecologist do?
As an ecologist you will be responsible for site visits to undertake study and surveys of animal, plants, and the environment to ensure accurate data on the impact of construction projects.
The job role of an ecologist involves the following duties :
How much could you earn as an ecologist?
The expected salary for an ecologist varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. Salaries and career options also improve with chartered status.