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Seasonal Ecologist Vacancy 2017

The Ecologist will be involved in all areas of our work with an emphasis on phase 1 habitat surveys, protected species surveys, including bat surveys and the assistance in mitigation and the production of ESPM licence applications.

The Ecologist role will involve: liaising with clients, other consultants and consultees; acquiring data from third parties; preparing maps and writing reports. The Ecologist will also assist with the general running of the office and help with the marketing and promotion of the company.

The job role will also involve travel to neighbouring local counties such as Cheshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire and West Midlands with the rare occasion of working further afield.

The job role has flexible working such as homebased working so not just office based providing less travel and more family time.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Phase 1 Habitat Surveys
  • Protected species and vegetation surveys
  • Communicating with clients by telephone, letters and reports
  • Assist in Implementing mitigation and enhancement strategies
  • Providing ecological watching briefs
  • Assist in Protected species licences (Bats & GCN)

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Proven experience of surveying protected species and vegetation
  • Good report writing and communication skills
  • Implementation of planning policy and legislation for nature conservation
  • At least one year of previous experience in the industry
  • Protected species licences highly desirable (Bats & GCN)
  • At least 1 year experience consultancy experience

Person Specification

  • HND or BSc in Ecology or closely related subject
  • Member of CIEEM or IEMA or in application stage of membership
  • Able to demonstrate good all round ecological knowledge; and
  • Able to demonstrate understanding of nature conservation and planning legislation
  • Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately to internal and external contacts verbally and through written communication
  • Be able to demonstrate an interest in business development
  • Flexible approach to working as part of a team or individually
  • Full clean driving licence with access to own vehicle
  • The role will commence in February 2017 to October 2017 with the potential to become permanent.

£18000 Pro-Rata millage paid for site surveys and holiday entitlement plus office and homeworking with potential to attend CIEEM and other training courses. To apply for this position please send a CV with covering letter

Natural England Low Impact Bat Class Licence: Absolute Ecology LLP

Natural England has launched a new class licence for low impact bat works. This new licencing process has been developed to streamline the bat licence process and to reduce delays and costs.

The new Low Impact Bat Licence will allow works on developments which will have a low impact on a small number of bats, while ensuring the works are undertaken within the law.

The range of innovative measures, designed to reduce both the volume of licence applications and the associated costs, marks a significant step by Natural England towards its goal of cutting red tape and creating a more efficient organisation.
Savings have been made chiefly via the introduction of an ‘annexed licence’* system for works affecting bats, great crested newts and dormice – which has reduced the number of applications and subsequent rejections and reapplications; and a new ‘class licence’ – which has reduced applications for individual mitigation licences for low impact works affecting bats.
This means Absolute Ecology is one of the few consultancies can issue Low Impact Bat Licences without further consultation with Natural England. As a result, projects will be able to proceed without the delay of the standard bat licence.

Special Points of Interest

  • Carry out any surveys required as early in the planning process as possible to save time and delays and money.
  • November to April Season is badger surveys
  • March to June is Great Crested Newt survey season and scoping assessments can be all year round.
  • Bat activity Survey season May to September/October.
  • Bat hibernation and general scoping assessments is November to March/April

Don’t forget Phase 1 Habitat Surveys can be all year round.

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For more information, contact us today on 01782 444292 or 07947 783448