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Senior/ Associate Ecologist

SLR Consulting
Edinburgh; Glasgow; Stirling
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Our 16 strong Ecology and Biodiversity Team based in Scotland are at the forefront of helping to solve the nature and climate crises.  We are very proud of our contributions in the Power/Energy sector alongside our Biodiversity Net Gain work matching SLR's ambitions of Making Sustainability Happen. 

We work in the Highlands to the Borders, Dumfries, and Galloway, from the western isles to the Lothians. Alongside the geographical variety, we work in a range of sectors including the power, mining and minerals and built environment, this includes a project for Scotland’s first New Town since the 1960s! Following our recent acquisition of OPEN (Optimised Environments) we are also enjoying creative masterplanning and landscape design teamwork, delivering future-facing projects for society and the environment.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced ecological professional to join our European team at Senior or Associate level, ideally near one of our regional offices in Stirling, Edinburgh, or Glasgow.  We are also open to tailoring this role to you, including considering a home working option based in or near Inverness.

About the role
Joining as part of a busy, established team of ecologists, you will have the opportunity to undertake a range of activities with the necessary support and bespoke training.  We seek candidates with a diverse skill set with botanical knowledge being a particularly favoured strength.  
You would likely contribute to/lead on:

•    Managing/ contributing to ecological aspects of development and land management projects and advising clients on schemes in the renewable energy, built environment, infrastructure and mining and minerals sectors. We have an increasingly diverse project portfolio, so variety is welcomed.
•    Design and delivery of post-consent habitat management plans and monitoring strategies.
•    Preparation of fee proposals and scope of works, report writing and technical review of peer and sub-contractor reports.
•    Supervision and mentoring of ecology and biodiversity staff in the field and delivery of tasks.  Depending on skills and experience, the role may also include/lead to staff management.
•    Scheduling, managing, and ensuring delivery of ecological survey work packages on time and budget, using in-house and occasionally sub-contractor staff. 
•    Liaising with other SLR technical teams on a variety of subjects including planning, landscape, hydrology, noise and air quality whilst working closely with senior members of the ecology team in other SLR offices, both in UK and overseas.
•    Contributing to coordinated business development to expand ecology and other services and capabilities in the region.

The role will involve working with other team members located across the UK and may require short-term travel across the UK and potentially overseas, depending on client/project sites.

About us
SLR are global leaders in environmental and advisory solutions helping our clients achieve their sustainability goals. We are a consultancy with over 3000+ staff across 6 regions – including over 1000 staff across Europe. SLR’s ‘one team’ culture is at the heart of our business; providing a collaborative and supportive environment for professional development. Along with competitive salaries, our staff enjoy a comprehensive benefits package with a company pension plus excellent healthcare offering, travel and life insurance, critical illness cover and a structured career framework with regular reviews offering outstanding opportunities for progression. Alongside 25 day’s annual leave, SLR offer flexible, agile and hybrid working which enables staff to tailor hours worked around core hours, and our family friendly policies help balance the needs of professional and family life. 

About you
We would love to hear from you if you share a broad-reaching passion and understanding of ecology and biodiversity, with a focus on delivering high quality work.  To succeed, we envisage you will be able to bring most of the following:

•    Specialist botanical skills and a supporting ecological skill set
•    Demonstrable field survey skills, including surveying UK habitats and survey and mitigation design for protected species. 
•    Experience of project management, planning work in line with health and safety procedures, budget management and technical report preparation. 
•    Work experience within a range of sectors including power/renewables, built environment, infrastructure, minerals and waste, and biodiversity policy/strategy.
•    Relevant degree level qualification plus appropriate level of membership of CIEEM or equivalent.
•    Full driving license valid in the UK.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at SLR
We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer, and our expectations go beyond purely complying with legislation. Through our Regional DE&I Committees, Global Council and Employee Networks, we foster an inclusive environment where all individuals regardless of their background can thrive.

For more information on our commitment to DE&I, and the great work we are doing, please click here: and scroll to the bottom of the page.

To apply
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Should you require any special adjustments throughout the recruitment process with us, please let us know. As a Disability Confident Committed employer, we seek to ensure all applicants have equitable support when applying to SLR.


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