AECOM Principal Marine Ecologist in Manchester, United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Greater Manchester, Manchester

Job Summary

AECOM's Marine Ecology team is expanding and we’re offering an opportunity for an experienced ecologist to join us and develop their career within a successful team offering high quality marine services to our clients. The wider Aquatic Ecology team currently has 16 marine and freshwater ecologists and is part of a 150-strong ecology team in the UK and Ireland. We are open to the right candidate joining us in any of these locations; London, Wimbledon, Croydon, Cambridge, St. Albans, Norwich, Plymouth, Cardiff, Manchester, Altrincham, Liverpool, Leeds, Bristol, Nottingham or Edinburgh.

Our projects include high profile power and infrastructure schemes, oil and gas as well as other industrial and commercial development projects. You’ll join a rapidly growing, technically diverse and enthusiastic team and can be based at any of our main offices. To help develop the team’s skillset we’d like you to have demonstrable consultancy experience in marine ecology, encompassing national and international impact assessments in particular. AECOM offers you to chance to be a key member of our UK and Ireland business, a wide range of interesting projects to work on and encouragement and support for your professional development in technical, commercial and other consultancy skills.

Job Duties:

The appointee would undertake the following tasks as part of their role:

  • Act as marine ecology technical lead for a wide range of marine & coastal projects including EIA/ESIA screening, scoping & ES chapters, Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), Water Framework Directive (WFD) and Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) assessments and licence applications (e.g. EPS and wildlife licences);

  • Manage desk based studies including provision of scopes of work for subcontractors, surveys and modelling studies where needed (e.g. underwater sound, sediment dispersion);

  • Review of baseline and impact studies in line with international biodiversity standards;

  • Design scopes of work for surveys, baseline characterisation and impact assessment chapters, modeling inputs (including underwater sound, sediment dispersion etc);

  • Licence applications including marine, wildlife and European Protected Species;

  • Review of baseline and impact studies in line with international biodiversity standards;

  • Design, procure and/or participate in intertidal and subtidal surveys;

  • Data analysis (especially using multivariate techniques) of complex data sets (e.g. fauna and flora, physical and chemical characteristics of sediments) and reporting;

  • Analysis of seabed images and video footage, determination of habitats and species and allocation to EUNIS and/or UKMHR biotope classifications;

  • Work and liaise with other environmental professionals across a number of different disciplines including acoustics, coastal processes and EIA;

  • Project Management tasks including managing budgets, programme and subcontractors, quality assurance of deliverables;

  • Input to or lead for fee proposals, contribution to marketing and business development including internal and external presentations and client liaison; and

  • Undertaking other tasks to support the wider environmental business, as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • Provision of technical advice for a diverse range of national and international marine projects;

  • Be a self-starter with excellent time management skills and motivation to work on own initiative though the right candidate will enjoy a close working relationship with marine ecology colleagues;

  • A willingness to collaborate, with other ecologists and across a variety of adjacent disciplines;

  • Be able to communicate at all levels and effectively share your knowledge and experience;

  • A willingness to undertake fieldwork on occasion.

  • Marine & coastal project experience - EIA/ESIA screening, scoping & ES chapters, Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), WFD and Marine Conservation Zone assessments;

  • Specialist knowledge in one or more key areas such as HRA, underwater sound impact assessments, the ecology of fish or marine mammals, international biodiversity performance standards, analysis of complex marine data sets and marine survey design and planning;

  • Ability to work closely with other environmental professionals across a number of different disciplines including acoustics, coastal processes and EIA;

  • Experience of input to or lead for fee proposals, client liaison, contribution to marketing and business development including internal and external presentations;

  • Project and financial management experience; and

  • Positive engagement with Health and Safety issues associated with working in, on & near water.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A recognised degree in marine biology/ecology or a related a biological or science discipline – a relevant post graduate qualification in the one of these would be advantageous but not essential for an experienced professional;

  • Member of CIEEM or similar professional body; or eligible to qualify for this status;

  • The appointee will be conversant with MS Word and Excel; and

  • Licensed to drive a vehicle in the UK.

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity,The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Job Category Ecology

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 193624BR

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.