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Senior Environmental Consultant – Ornithology
Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Leeds, Oxford, Southampton

Position: Senior Environmental Consultant – Ornithology

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Environmental Consultant - Ornithology to join our UK Environment Team, currently working on consenting many of the world’s largest offshore windfarms. Your role will involve both the provision of specialist ornithological advice and support as well as more general project management and consultancy tasks.

Given RPS's market leading position in offshore wind EIA and consenting, it is expected that a large proportion of the work will be focused in this area. In addition, we have an extensive portfolio of work and your advice will be required on multiple projects of various sizes including other energy developments, port expansion works, and other developments on- and offshore.

You will be expected to provide robust ornithological advice to other members of the team, be able to individually develop your own leads and promote rewarding business development and assist in the smooth running and continued successful development of the Environment team. The advice provided should cover both an understanding of key legislative or policy requirements and technical understanding of environmental and ecological issues.

The candidate, who will have extensive experience and appropriate knowledge of the regulatory framework, will be responsible for the management and delivery of environmental assessment projects. Your role will involve directly working with clients, problem solving and representing the company in client offices, regulator and stakeholder meetings and sometimes high pressured environments. It is likely that several projects would be managed and/or supported simultaneously, and consistently delivered to the highest standards, meeting and exceeding clients’ needs.

Key areas of work will be:
• Environmental/ecological/ornithological consultancy;
• Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and environmental appraisal including habitats regulations assessment (HRA);
• Supporting the delivery of developments and projects within the UK Consent and Planning system and/or Marine Licensing regime;
• Provide technical support in area of specialism within the Advice group, Business Unit and other Business Lines.
• Environmental investigations, monitoring, data analysis and assessment; and
• General support to the wider team.

Skills/Experience required:
• Bachelor’s degree including avian ecology or conservation or related discipline
• Understanding of the environmental impact of development and operational activities on (especially marine and coastal) bird species
• An ability to work with data and to understand and interpret key elements of ecological models, e.g. for collision risk models and population models
• Knowledge of bird survey techniques, survey design and analysis, particularly in relation to offshore environments
• Understanding of UK environmental law, the EIA process, and relevant government policy
• Experience working with marine regulators and Statutory Authorities e.g. MMO Marine Scotland, NRW, SNH, Natural England, Cefas and the Environment Agency
• Robust project management and financial management skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication, organisational, analytical and time management skills
• Commercial acumen and recognition of growth of services
• Confidence at the client-interface
• Willingness to travel, including possibly to international destinations.

What we offer you:
With an enviable client list, and the highest calibre multi-disciplinary back up team, we can offer unparalleled opportunities to showcase your talents and truly develop your career.

Our benefits include: 24 days holiday + bank holidays, Option to purchase up to 5 extra days per year, Company pension scheme, Group disability scheme, Share incentive scheme, Life assurance, Cycle to work scheme, Health screening, Employee Assistance Programme, Professional Membership

About RPS (Ecology):
RPS Group Plc is a FTSE listed company, headquartered in the UK and is one of the world’s leading multi-disciplinary consultancies. RPS employs over 5,500 staff based in 115 major towns and cities.
RPS provides ecological solutions for all types of development, whether terrestrial, aquatic, coastal or marine. From resolving bat issues in individual homes to delivering all ecological surveys for large-scale complex commercial developments including Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP), we undertake all aspects of ecological consultancy, to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and statutory requirements.

We are renowned for getting permission for even the most challenging proposals whilst maintaining the highest possible professional standards. Our integrated suite of ecological solutions includes the full range of protected species and habitat surveys, ensuring compliance with land-based, aquatic and marine wildlife legislation.

We are trusted advisors to both the private and public sectors, with staff contributing to a range of ecology guidance. As part of our quality assurance, all key ecology staff are members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).

RPS is an equal opportunity employer.