Principal Ecologist- Ecology Lead
Amey
Birmingham (Flexible), West Midlands, United Kingdom
21h ago

About Amey

We deliver forward-thinking solutions for the world’s biggest asset owners, transforming the places where we live, work and travel.

Our success comes from a practical approach. We pride ourselves on solving complex challenges with original thinking, then turning it into a reality.

We arrive at better answers because we ask better questions.

From complexity comes simplicity. From better thinking, better solutions.

Think big, create better

Are you a Principal Ecologist passionate about using your skills to lead a team and make an impact? Are you a big thinker who loves to find better solutions to difficult problems?

Are you focused on delivering technical excellence? Do you want to work on high profile infrastructure projects across the rail, highways and utilities sectors including projects such as TRU, Wales and Borders and A66?

The Role

We are seeking to recruit a Principal Ecologist who, as Ecology Technical Lead, will drive and shape our highly-skilled, multidisciplinary ecology team.

The successful candidate will work as part of the Environment and Sustainability team and will act as a focal point for technical delivery within the ecology discipline.

Responsibilities would include providing technically sound deliverables for environmental and ecological engineering outcomes in the delivery of commissions undertaken by Amey Consulting, as well as supervising the actions of more junior members of the team and acting as people manager when required.

Being Ecology Technical Lead at Amey Consulting, you’ll have the rewarding task of driving technical excellence across the ecology discipline.

Whether you’re providing the ecology team with support and guidance to maintain professional development standards, providing technical input to complex infrastructure schemes, or focusing on business growth, our environment is one of collaboration and support where the direction of your career is led by you.

In a typical week you will :

  • Mentor the ecology team ensuring their professional development needs are identified and delivered.
  • Manage ecology team resourcing, including hosting resourcing calls and ensuring workload trackers are used effectively as well as inputting into future recruitment needs
  • Host and organise ecology lunch and learn / development sessions to drive professional development across the team
  • Share industry updates, and changes to ecology guidance and legislation with the wider ecology team; driving continued professional development
  • Implement innovation; by working with innovation teams in Amey to introduce new products and practices which enhance efficiency
  • Maintain and update technical ecology report templates and guidance to ensure excellence and consistency in team delivery
  • Provide technical review and comment on ecology reports and deliverables
  • Identify, forecast and resource ecological survey requirements in relation to both design and construction programmes.
  • Coordinate and plan the delivery of all ecological surveys and technical reporting required as part of planning and licence applications;
  • utilising and managing both the in-house ecology team and external ecological sub-contractors.

  • Undertake the role of Ecological Lead for projects providing advice and direction to the ecology and environmental teams as well as the design teams and Principal Contractors to ensure compliance with legislation, licencing and planning commitments.
  • Organise and co-ordinate meetings with Local Authority ecologists and other stakeholders as required.
  • Attend engineering integration meetings and be able to authoritatively communicate key ecological requirements to ensure they are captured within preliminary and detailed design.
  • We want to hear from you if you have :

  • A strong undergraduate degree in Ecology, Zoology, Botany, Biology, Environmental Science (with a strong ecology focus) or similar / equivalent.
  • Experience of leading a team of ecological consultants and / or third-party contractors.
  • A drive to provide technical excellence and a passion for business growth
  • A minimum of eight years demonstrable post-graduate experience preferably in a professional ecological consultancy role encompassing large rail / infrastructure projects.
  • Full Membership of CIEEM or equivalent with expertise in protected species surveys.
  • EPS Mitigation licence application experience and Protected species licence holder or working towards same (notable species : bats & dormice).
  • Comprehensive knowledge of relevant wildlife legislation and ecological survey methodologies.
  • Experience in Invasive species survey and management.
  • Excellent reporting writing skills with experience in drafting and critically reviewing ecological reports; including Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Ecological Impact Assessments and Method Statements.
  • Experience of working closely with regulatory authorities and various stakeholders.
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to plan and deliver works in line with budgets and programme deadlines.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and the aptitude to rationally explain, explore and discuss ecological issues and capture feedback.
  • Health and Safety awareness, especially safe working practices and risk assessment related to ecology fieldwork.
  • Valid driving licence.
  • In return :

  • Our rewards make us better people here at Amey Consulting. If you’re happy, you’ll think better. It’s a simple formula but one that puts your wellbeing as a top priority, that’s why we’ve worked hard to build a reward and benefits program that puts you first, including;
  • Competitive salary
  • Exceptional development and progression plan
  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • Minimum 25 days holiday + Bank Holidays
  • Discretionary Bonus Scheme
  • Additional Leave Purchase Scheme
  • Amey Rewards Portal including healthcare, dental and childcare vouchers
  • What else is better about working for Amey?

    Our success comes from a practical approach. We pride ourselves on solving complex challenges with original, real-world thinking, then turning it into a reality.

    Your solutions will have impact, making a genuine difference to people’s lives. It’s what makes a career with us unlike any other.

    We value collective expertise, but also the spark one person can bring. As one of us, you can really be you, because your individuality is an asset.

    You’ll be surrounded by people who want you to thrive and embrace new challenges.

    You’ll work in a team that is open-minded and where every idea will count. You’ll be stretched, but always supported. Well recognise your hard work and look after your well-being too.

    You’ll be empowered to play your part and achieve, encouraged to fulfil your own ambition as well as the shared one.

    We don’t believe in typical : we believe a diversity of backgrounds and skills create the best environment and opportunities.

    It means we ask better questions to arrive at better answers because we learn from each other’s perspectives. And this means better outcomes for our clients our communities and ourselves.

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