30+ days ago


Principal, Senior & Consultant Ecologist

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for pro-active and experienced ecologists to join our ecology team. These positions can be based from several offices around England to suit the successful applicants. Currently we are home-working and this is likely to continue.

RSK Biocensus:

  • Works as a close-knit team with a strong focus on sharing expertise through internal training and professional development events.
  • Our team undertakes a vast range of interesting projects for a wide range of clients covering the full range of ecological disciplines.
  • We regularly undertake international ecology work including recent surveys in Africa and across Europe.
  • Our highly supportive ecology team includes NE Bat trainers, multiple bat class licence level 3 & 4 specialists, BSBI county-recorders, FISC level 6 botanists, university lecturers and directors / trustees of nature conservation charities.
  • We regularly organise in-house specialist training including, botanical field trips, bat hibernation surveys and bat mist netting.
  • Our Ecology team undertake a yearly Bioblitz and training day in addition to staff team building and training sessions.

To find out more about the Ecology team and projects follow us on Twitter @RSKEcology or take a look at our terrestrial and aquatic ecology web pages -

Salary and benefits:

  • Competitive salary based on skills and experience
  • Family friendly, flexible working opportunities
  • Choice of home-working linked to multiple office / team locations (Kent, Hertfordshire, Bristol, Coventry, Gloucestershire)
  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays and private health care
  • Regular structured training and career development

Below we have included the job specification for a Senior level Consultant as an indication of the type of experience and skills required, however we are actively encouraging all grades of candidates to apply from Consultant through to Principal level.

Senior Ecological Consultant

As a senior ecologist at RSK Biocensus you can expect to get involved with management and delivery of all elements of field surveys, tender and report writing and project management.

Some of the key responsibilities will include:

  • Co-ordinating and undertaking Phase 1 habitat and protected species surveys
  • Designing and implementing mitigation strategies
  • Financial management of projects
  • Production of tenders and reports
  • Project management, report writing and delivery
  • Managing and mentoring junior members of the team

Person specification:

  • At least five years relevant experience or proven, previous experience in a similar role
  • Protected species survey licences, ideally Great Crested Newt and Bats (advantageous)
  • Good team player, with the ability to work independently
  • Enthusiasm, energy and drive to develop skills and deliver projects to the highest standard
  • Excellent report writing skills, including survey reports, EcIAs, HRAs, protected species licence applications and tenders.
  • Full driving licence
  • Full Membership of CIEEM (or to have eligibility if not currently held)

For more information please email Harriet Baker, HR Business Partner at

We operate an open, welcoming and relaxed management culture that nurtures the continuous improvement and innovation of our workplace and employees. Our positive management culture has enabled us to achieve a staff turnover rate that remains consistently below the industry average.

Adopting a proactive growth strategy enables us to run a sustainable and profitable business while providing new and exciting career opportunities for all. As an entrepreneurial organisation, we encourage and foster the growth of our employees. When joining RSK, a mentor will work besides you to ensure you set and achieve your goals. We further encourage Continuous Professional Development by opening opportunities for a promotional fast track, providing staff with a rewarding and challenging career and promoting employees to reach their full potential.

RSK recognises the importance employee retention has on establishing a successful organisation. With this knowledge in mind, we intend for all employees to maintain a healthy work life balance, with many opportunities for flexible working hours, locality flexibility, social activities, and community involvement projects. RSK also prides itself on supporting the health and wellbeing of our employees.

Listed as being one ofthe top10 UK environmental consultancies (Environmental Analyst)and number 42 in the Sunday Times Fastrack 200 which rates the success of private companies in the UK, there has never been a more exciting time to join RSK.

All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK.

RSK is committed to our Corporate Responsibility strategy. We seek to minimise our impact on the environment; to engage positively with the community and education groups; to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to work; and to promote Corporate Responsibility throughout our supply chain.

RSK Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer