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AECOM Principal Ecologist in Croydon, United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Surrey, Croydon

Job Summary

AECOM is seeking experienced and talented Principal Ecologists to join our established ecology teams in Basingstoke and Croydon to support the ongoing growth of our business. This is an opportunity to take the next step in your career and be supported in leading the delivery of challenging, innovative and rewarding projects.

Our UK & Ireland ecology team comprises over 150 specialists working in terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats. We provide clients with the full range of ecological services including specialist habitat and species surveys, impact assessment, advice on biodiversity mitigation, offsetting and enhancement, and management planning for biodiversity. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality and innovative technical solutions to our clients. In 2019 we were winners of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) award in the ‘Large Consultancy’ category.

The role will provide the opportunity for you to showcase your ability, help in the delivery of major projects and manage staff as part of our established, friendly and highly skilled ecology team. This is an exciting opportunity to expand your experience and be supported in taking the next step in your career.

We will provide you with the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse workforce of highly talented professionals on projects that impact our world for the better. With AECOM, you can go as far as your ability and desire will take you. It’s about your interests and passions. It’s about the experiences you bring with you, and it’s about your goals and aspirations.

When you join us, you’ll find a highly competitive benefits package and flexible working hours to suit your lifestyle and commitments, alongside the support to develop your career in an environment that fosters your talents and encourages new ideas.

Job Responsibilites:

  • Performs complex assignments often requiring the development of unique solutions to problems.

  • May oversee the work of less experienced scientists.

Minimum Requirements

  • Proactive and careful approach to Health and Safety, including first aid training certificate;

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

  • Experience of ecological impact assessment, design and/or construction management on major infrastructure projects in the UK.

  • Excellent knowledge of UK and EC wildlife legislation and policy, as well as Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA);

  • Experience in line management as well as technical leadership of teams of ecologists on major projects

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

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

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

  • Strong and versatile problem solving and inter-personal skills, including motivating others;

  • Proven ability to work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and clients, as well as to manage own time;

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, in particular, the ability to write concise technical reports;

  • Familiarity with project management procedures and protocols, including the checking and approval of proposals and project outputs and budget management;

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: Phase 1 Habitat / NVC surveys, protected species surveys and licensing;

  • Electronic data capture, analysis and presentation;

  • Willing to travel to offices and sites within the UK and potentially internationally when required by work demand;

  • 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);

  • A track record in, or aspirations for, continuing professional development and supporting the development / management of junior ecologists.

Preferred Qualifications

To include at least some of the following:

  • Recognised degree in a biological, science or related discipline – a relevant post graduate qualification in the one of these would be advantageous;

  • Chartered with a relevant professional accreditation/ registration body;

  • Holder of relevant protected species survey (and mitigation licences), or ability and willingness to work towards holding such licences;

  • Licensed to drive a vehicle in the UK

  • Formal project management qualifications.

As an employer of choice, we are more than happy to explore flexible working arrangements for this vacancy.

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future . Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world , but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. 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 United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 213104BR

Additional Locations UK - Basingstoke

Clearance Required 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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