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Senior Ecologist
Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Leeds, Oxford, Southampton

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. With 20 years’ experience RPS provides cost-effective and practical 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 looking for an experienced Senior Ecologist to win and then manage projects and coordinate survey and assessment tasks on other projects within our Derby office or elsewhere within the team (location flexible).
• Assisting the Principal Ecologist by providing taking on and independently undertaking a wide range of project tasks as and when required;
• Undertaking general ecological appraisals, protected species surveys, mitigation design and construction and post-construction supervision and monitoring;
• Managing project work within the office, particularly technical assessments and reporting outputs; Establishing and the maintaining ongoing client relationships.

• Educated to degree level in a relevant subject
• CIEEM membership (Associate / Full)

Essential Skills:
• Five years’ experience working in ecological consultancy and with bat experience;
• Ability to plan and undertake habitat surveys to a high standard and to identify indicator plant species and habitat types;
• Full knowledge of UK and EU Wildlife Legislation and best practice survey techniques;
• Full driving licence.

Desirable skills
• ECoW experience on major projects;
• Experience of preparing and implementing EPS and other licence applications;
• Experienced bat licensed consultant (Class 1 or preferably 2);
• Green Infrastructure and strategic ecological inputs to the master planning process.

• 24 days annual leave + bank holidays
• Option to purchase up to 5 extra annual leave days per year
• Private pension scheme
• Group disability scheme
• Life assurance
• Share incentive scheme

RPS is an equal opportunity employer.

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