Principal Marine Ecologist
Southampton, GB
17d ago


Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and consultancy services for industrial, commercial and government organisations globally.

With more than 77,000 people globally, our teams collaborate, innovate and create. Our people are proud to have been behind some of the greatest consultancy and engineering feats over the past 70 years.

We foster a collaborative and inclusive environment for our people, and our partners, and we want you to be a part of our growing business.

We encourage applications from candidates looking for flexible working or reduced hours’ contracts.

Our Environment, Maritime and Resilience business brings together a breadth of like-minded problem solvers, from across science and engineering, to help our clients across all of our market sectors meet their corporate and regulatory obligations effectively and responsibly deliver their infrastructure and customer outcomes.

Our environmental capabilities comprise of in excess of 1000 staff based predominantly in the UK, but with reach into the Middle East and in India.

To meet our growing UK business needs and future development aspirations we are seeking a Principal Marine Ecologist.

The Jacobs Ecology group is based nationally, and as such all office locations will be considered for this role.

As a Principal Marine Ecologist, you will be working on a range of projects, including a number of high profile nationally important infrastructure developments.

You will work as part of a team, helping to plan, manage and deliver marine workloads.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of leading and delivering the marine input on a range of projects.

The candidate will be well versed with planning, coordinating and delivering marine work programmes.

The candidate will be well versed with planning and authoring technical reports, including baseline reports, environmental impact assessment chapters, technical notes and HRAs.

The candidate should also be capable of handling and analysing large marine biological datasets using statistical packages such PRIMER.

The candidate will have a working knowledge of relevant UK legislation and have a proven record of liaising with regulators and consenting bodies such as MMO and NRW on technical issues and licensing.

The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the delivery of other workloads out with their specialism, and to contribute to business development and staff training.

A flexible approach to working is a must, as there will be a requirement for you to travel within the UK.

Responsibilities include :

  • Developing and authoring marine technical reports
  • Coordinating and managing all project related marine work
  • Liaising with clients and regulators
  • Leading and supporting business development initiatives
  • Supporting staff training
  • Essential :

  • Degree qualification in a related discipline
  • Marine specialism
  • Track record of planning and coordinating marine monitoring programmes
  • A significant amount of professional experience with a proven track record of authoring technical reports for major projects
  • Detailed understanding of relevant UK legislation and of the EIA / DCO process
  • Ability to write clear and concise technical / consultancy reports, including baseline, EIA and HRA chapters
  • Experience of liaising with regulators, including MMO, NRW, NE etc
  • Chartered status with a relevant professional body
  • Full driving licence
  • Desirable :

  • Post graduate qualification in related discipline
  • Personal survival skills training
  • Our Culture :

    At Jacobs we see safety differently - we strive to go BeyondZero’ by putting the health, safety and well-being of our employees first in everything we do.

    We are committed to equality across our business and we work with external organisations such as STEM, WISE (Women in Science & Engineering) and Stonewall.

    We are also Disability Confident Committed; therefore, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy.

    When you join Jacobs you will have access to a wide range of Global Networks, centred on inclusion and diversity which is the foundation of our business and at the centre of our values.

  • To find out more about our networks, please visit our website;
  • Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including : Identity, Right to Work;
  • Employment / Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.

    JACOBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all.

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