Ricardo: Principal Ecological Consultant

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Principal Ecological Consultant

  • Role type
  • Full time, Flexible Hours, Part time, Permanent

  • Location
  • Flexible

  • Closing Date
  • 01/04/2021

Job Description

Salary: Up to £50,000

Ricardo Energy & Environment is a global sustainability consultancy.  We deliver cutting edge services to clients on climate change, pollution and the future of mobility, among others.  Our mission is to solve the world’s most pressing energy and environmental challenges.

The Water & Environment practice of Ricardo Energy & Environment offers a comprehensive range of specialist services within the environmental consultancy sector. Nationally and internationally recognised for our expertise in planning and overseeing complex and sensitive projects, our skills have been utilised by a wide range of clients within the public and private sectors including the European Commission, government, water companies and developers.

Our environmental team have worked tirelessly to support key clients with essential work throughout the Covid-19 outbreak following a smooth transition to home-based, and where necessary, flexible working patterns. Our ecology team are looking to re-enforce and grow our dynamic and experienced team as we look to support clients entering periods of significant investment in environmental services.    

The Role:

We are looking for an experienced Aquatic Ecologist at Principal Consultant grade to join our team. You will join colleagues in providing technical support on a variety of water management and ecology projects, across a wide range of clients in the water company, developer and public sectors. You will be expected to contribute as part of a wider national team, working closely with colleagues in Manchester, Bristol and London in particular.

The position offers a diverse role, supporting projects and clients across the UK and occasionally beyond, predominantly in the water industry, carrying out projects encompassing a hydro-ecology focus.

The nature of the role and the dynamic of the team provides a wealth of opportunities to explore your interests and carry out a range of tasks and functions within aquatic ecology, as well as a range of related disciplines. There is also a degree of flexibility over which facets of the role you become most invested in: be it a more technical focus; project management; developing bids and tenders; or, a more generalist role. Conversely, there will be times where you need to be adaptable and open minded regarding the work you undertake, particularly during busy periods of large projects or bids.

There is also the opportunity to take on a range of management, technical and pastoral roles within the team and the wider company.

Key Competencies and Experience:

The key competencies and experience and desirable experience for the role are both listed below. The list in not necessarily exclusive and we are willing to discuss applications from candidates who are particularly strong in certain areas, but who may not meet all the criteria listed below.

Ideally you will already be working at a senior level in a commercial consultancy. Recognised by clients as a leading expert in your technical/professional field and influencing the market for work in that field. As such, you will ideally have experience of undertaking business development, preparing quotes and tenders, and building client relationships. You will be a technical expert and capable of writing accurate and concise technical reports.

Experience in writing and technical review of Environmental Impact Assessment Reports, Ecological Impact Assessment and Habitats Directive Appropriate Assessment is a distinct advantage.

Minimum Requirements:

  • A degree in a relevant subject, such as ecology or other biological sciences, and/or a relevant postgraduate qualification;
  • Good knowledge of UK and EU Wildlife Legislation, planning policies, licensing requirements and best practice survey techniques;
  • Post qualification experience in an ecology role within planning or environmental consultancy;
  • Membership of Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM);
  • Experience leading, coordinating and contributing to large scale multi-disciplinary projects;
  • Experience in consent related technical assessments such as the Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), Water Framework Directive (WFD), European Protected Species (EPS) and/or Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) Assessment;
  • Experience in liaison with statutory consultees and the development of environmental mitigation proposals;
  • Experience leading, planning and co-ordinating field surveys, analysing and interpreting survey results and planning and co-ordinating ecological mitigation works;
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).

Skills and Behaviours:

  • Excellent planning, project management and leadership skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; be able to produce meticulous and accurate technical reports as well as communicate confidently with clients and stakeholders

What we offer

This is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with the opportunity to make a difference. What sets us apart is our People. You will work with an exceptional team of talented, dedicated and supportive individuals. You will have a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development.

Our People are important to us and we take pride in our wellbeing programmes and policies that support individuals including flexible working, carers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance programme.

Ricardo Energy & Environment has an ambitious diversity, equality and inclusion approach.

A member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.

If you require any support with your application, please contact recruit.ee@ricardo.com.