Senior Ecologist

Salary: Competitive (depending on experience) plus attractive benefits

Location: The Old Ragged School, Brook Street, Nottingham, NG1 1EA

Duration: Full-time, permanent

We are looking for an experienced senior ecologist to join our busy, friendly and ambitious team in our office in Nottingham.

About Us

Established more than 25 years we have a reputation for technical excellence and quality service delivery. Working primarily across the midlands (although we do work with clients across the country and manage national contracts), our work covers the full range of ecological services, from small one-off surveys to major mitigation projects.

EMEC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and the profits from our work are gifted each year to support the work of the charity. We also work with the Trust on their badger vaccination programme, often carry out surveys on their Nature Reserves and undertake habitat creation and management on their sites via our land management team.

Benefits of Working at EMEC

  • We are a close-knit, friendly and supportive team, with a relaxed office atmosphere.
  • The majority of our projects are within an hour of our office, and as such over-night stays are typically infrequent.
  • We often work on nice sites, including Wildlife Trust reserves, long-term monitoring of an upland site, assessments of SSSIs, and barn conversions in countryside settings. We also work on standard development projects to pay the bills.
  • Conservation is our core-value (being part of Wildlife Trust), and we look for biodiversity net-gain where ever possible, looking to our staff to lead on innovative solutions / habitat creation design.
  • Ecologists are involved in all aspects of a project, from tendering, client liaison, surveying and reporting, and where required, long-term monitoring. This allows staff to see a project all the way through, from start to completion.
  • As a company we support students from a range of universities, offering placements and in-house training. This allows us to support the next generation of ecologists, and helps ensure they start out on the right footing, with conservation at the heart of their work.
  • We offer opportunities for staff development, with both external and internal training provided. We also encourage staff to take the lead on new services, with our land management team, arboriculture services and use of drones having all come from staff initiatives.
  • To avoid staff being pigeon-holed, we encourage our ecologists to work across a range of projects, and also get involved with the on-site mitigation and habitat creation works undertaken by the land management team.

What we are Offering / Who we are Seeking

We are currently developing a new strategy to enable us to continue our growth and are looking for an experienced senior ecologist to join our team. They will work with the consultancy managers to help deliver the strategy and support the personal development of the rest of the team.

We are seeking an individual with the relevant level of consultancy experience and associated protected species licences to deliver a role which includes:

  • Managing delivery and producing high quality reports
  • Maintaining key client relationships
  • Habitat and protected species surveys
  • Managing mitigation projects and EPSL applications
  • Supporting and offering guidance to junior staff with their projects – including line management of staff
  • The preparation of fee quotes and tenders

The ideal candidate should have the following:

  • Experience in a senior ecologist role in a consultancy setting
  • Substantial project management experience
  • Protected species survey licences, and ideally having held EPS development licence in their name
  • Full driving licence (although own car is not required, as a fleet of pool cars is provided for surveys)

We offer a benefits package similar to those of organisations many times our size (25 days leave, plus public holidays and additional discretionary days, contributory pension, health payment plan, payment of professional membership fees) and because we recognise the commitment required in terms of anti-social hours and occasional work away from the office, we place an emphasis on flexible working and work/life balance. We run a TOIL/overtime system which is tailored to support our staff’s requirements.

If you want to join our team and help the delivery our growth strategy, have the relevant experience, and want to work for a consultancy that delivers the best and leaves a legacy, then send your CV and covering letter to vacancies@emec-ecology.co.uk. The closing date for applications is 12pm Sunday 16th June 2019.

If you have any questions that are not answered in the supporting information please contact Rob Fitzsimons, Operations & Business Development Manager on 0115 958 8242.

Temporary Land Management Assistant

Salary: £17,076.80 per annum

Location: The Old Ragged School, Brook Street, Nottingham, NG1 1EA

Duration: Full-time, fixed term

This fixed term role offers a great opportunity to develop your skills in conservation land management in order to further a career in conservation, ecology and practical land management.

Role Description

This fixed term role offers a great opportunity to develop your skills in conservation land management in order to further a career in conservation, ecology and practical land management. The role will provide assistance to the EMEC team in practical land management and mitigation projects as well as having some opportunities to be involved in ecological survey work.

About EMEC

EMEC is a specialist ecological consultancy that provides protected species surveys (bat surveys, great crested newt surveys, reptile surveys, water vole and otter surveys etc), ecological design, appraisals and assessments, with regards to proposed development sites and clients seeking to improve the biodiversity of their land. EMEC also operates specialist land management and arboricultural divisions.

EMEC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and the profits that EMEC makes each year are gifted to the Trust to support its conservation and education work. EMEC also supports the delivery of some key projects for the Trust, including the current badger vaccination programme.

What will you do?

  • Work on projects to improve habitats and biodiversity and deliver mitigation for the impact of protected species by development projects.
  • The work could include the removal of non-native invasive species, installing fencing, planting, scrub removal and creation of new areas of alternate habitat.
  • Assist with the maintenance of vehicles, machinery and equipment.
  • Assist with ecological surveys.

What can you expect?

  • An intensive and high quality experience that will stand out on any CV, as a team member of a respected and successful ecological consultancy that is associated with the Wildlife Trust.
  • All the equipment and training provided to enable you to undertake the role.

What do we need?

  • This is a physically demanding role, undertaking such tasks as installing fencing and planting trees, and working in places that might be remote and have limited access. Therefore, you need to have good mobility and be physically fit.
  • Ideally you will have some experience of working in a similar role and have some of the following, although training will be provided where necessary:
    • Chainsaw ticket CS30 (Chainsaw Maintenance and Crosscutting Course) and CS31 (Felling Small Trees up to 380mm)
    • Woodchipper ticket
    • Brushcutter ticket
    • Pesticides training
    • First Aid trained
  • You will have a full driving licence.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Mostly we are looking for somebody who is enthusiastic, a good team worker and willing to learn.

Term: Full-time 40 hours/week for fixed term – 1 July 2019 to 29 November 2019 (five months).

Rate: £8.21/hour (£17.076.80 pa)

Leave: 28 days paid leave per annum (pro rata) plus public holidays

How to apply:

If you want to join our team then send your CV to vacancies@emec-ecology.co.uk before the closing date of Sunday 16th June 2019.

Please note we may close this advert early if we receive a high volume of applications.

If you have any questions that are not answered in the supporting information please contact Rob Fitzsimons, Operations & Business Development Manager on 0115 958 8242

EMEC Ecology is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. As an employer we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health of all our staff.

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