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Senior or Principal Offshore Ornithologist
Abingdon, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Derby, Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London Farringdon Street, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Southampton, Woking


Position: Senior or Principal Offshore Ornithologist
Location: Various locations across the UK & Ireland
Type: Permanent/Full Time
(Short fixed-term contracts may also be considered for those wanting to jointly develop consultancy and research careers)

The Position:

RPS is looking for an experienced Ornithologist with extensive knowledge of sea birds to join our UK Ecology team. You will provide specialist analytical inputs for our expanding UK, Ireland and international portfolio of offshore wind farm work, helping to secure consents for these large and complex projects. You'll deliver a range of technical inputs, combining your ornithology expertise with analytical and reporting skills. As our team is also involved in a range of coastal and other infrastructure projects, you will be able to contribute to onshore projects as well, as this is a varied and exciting role.

If you're driven by a passion to find solutions to protect the environment and have the talents to deliver the highest quality ornithology analysis, we'd like to hear from you.

Key Responsibilities:

-High quality ornithological data analysis and presentation
-Determination of baseline bird interests
-Ornithological Impact Assessment
-Habitats Regulations Assessment
-Mitigation Design and Implementation
-Project planning and management

Skills/Experience Required:

-MSc or equivalent in an ecology, zoology, environmental or closely related discipline
-Ornithological expertise with accompanying skills to --collate and analyse large data sets
-Excellent report writing and verbal communication abilities
-An understanding of the planning system, EIA and HRAs
-Knowledge of UK and EU Wildlife Legislation
-Experience in bird surveys
-Full driving licence

What we offer you:

RPS is a great place to do great work.
We provide a flexible, friendly and creative environment to apply your skills. We support our people to innovate, collaborate and build meaningful careers.
You will be part of a long-established and highly successful ecology team working for a great set of clients. In the face of the biodiversity and climate emergencies, we work hard to bring about positive change, with a focus on solving problems that really matter.

Our employees are rewarded with competitive salaries, opportunities to invest and many other benefits including: 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 Memberships and our brand new BenefitHub offering discounts, cash back offers and rewards

About RPS:

As the UK sets out to achieve net zero carbon, it is imperative we switch to green sources of energy. As a key part of this process, the UK is investing in significant offshore wind generation, with the Offshore Wind Leasing Round 4 in the waters around England and Wales, together with the recently launched ScotWind leasing round. These infrastructure projects raise their own environmental challenges so robustly assessing their effects on seabirds is vitally important. Our team is rising to that challenge, drawing on over 15 years of expertise in offshore ornithology. We don't do this alone, however. RPS is a leading global professional services firm of 5,600 people. Working together, we define, design and manage projects that create shared value in a complex, urbanising and resource-scarce world.

RPS is an equal opportunity employer.

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