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AECOM Principal Ecologist in Cork, Ireland

Job Summary

AECOM – winners of the 2019 Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management ‘Large Consultancy of the Year’ award – is seeking an experienced Ecologist to join our dynamic and forward-thinking Ecology Team in Ireland.

Whether you’re a technical expert with a specialism in a particular species or group, or you’re a generalist who enjoys working on a range of projects, we can provide the platform to create and shape your role. We are particularly interested in someone with a strong background in project management, bidding and client relationship building that can help to support and grow our team in Ireland. This is a fantastic opportunity to further your career within an established and successful business that has welfare and wellbeing as core values.

As a Principal Ecologist, you’ll be reliable, hard-working and pro-active, in order to help you manage a busy workload. You’ll have extensive knowledge developed over the course of your career, and experience of a wide range of projects. You’ll have good project management and report-writing skills, and some experience of line-managing individuals. A keen eye for detail is essential.

The Ecology Team in Ireland comprises five full-time Ecologists, and we work closely with colleagues based in Northern Ireland and Scotland, and as part of the wider UK team of more than 160 passionate and skilled ecological experts. Our Ecologists work in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments on some of the most exciting and high-profile projects in the country. We provide clients with the full range of ecological services including specialist habitat and species surveys, impact assessment, and providing advice on biodiversity mitigation, offsetting and enhancement. AECOM is at the forefront of developing Biodiversity Net Gain and Natural Capital Accounting.

Whilst working as a small team in Ireland, AECOM Ecologists benefit from the unique benefits of our scale – not available in other consultancies – and, with access to an extensive skillset, we support and encourage professional growth and development. We operate a Freedom to Grow programme, with freedom ranging from choosing the time, place and type of work we do, through to the workstyle we choose to deploy and the way we communicate and think. The guiding principle of Freedom to Grow is that if it works for you, your team and for our client, then it works for AECOM and you have the permission to do it!

Job Duties

  • Assisting in the winning, delivery and management (technical and financial) of ecological projects;

  • Writing and providing technical review of ecological reports and other deliverables;

  • Liaising with clients, project managers and other project stakeholders including statutory bodies;

  • Managing and mentoring staff as part of our mentoring / line management network;

  • Represent AECOM externally through projects, client management, publications and presentations;

  • Undertaking other tasks which add value to the technical expertise and development of the ecology team, or support wider environmental business goals.

Minimum Requirements

  • Proactive and careful approach to health and safety, including first aid training certificate;

  • Excellent knowledge of Irish and European wildlife legislation and policy, as well as Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA);

  • Holder of relevant protected species survey licences, and preferably also mitigation licences;

  • Experience of habitat and protected species surveys and licensing;

  • Technical and professional proficiency with a demonstrable history of delivering ecology projects safely, to a high standard, on time and within budget;

  • Experience of ecological impact assessment, design, construction management, ideally on major infrastructure projects in Ireland;

  • Strong project management skills and experience (including technical, financial and quality aspects);

  • Professional, organised and thorough approach to work which demonstrates an attention to detail;

  • Experience in line management and technical leadership of teams of Ecologists on major projects;

  • Electronic data capture, analysis and presentation;

  • Adaptable and flexible approach to work to meet peaks in demands (as all roles are likely to involve occasional longer/and or unsociable hours and a degree of working away from home for days/ weeks at a time)

Preferred Qualifications

You will have a BSc in a relevant subject

Full Member of CIEEM (or eligible to meet relevant criteria), or other relevant professional body

What We Offer

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Ecology

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country Ireland

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 269510BR

Additional Locations IE - Dublin - Adelphi Plaza

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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