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Principal Ecologist – Biodiversity Net Gain Lead

Salary: Competitive
Location: Flexible
Contract Type: Full Time Permanent
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Binnies are recruiting for an experienced Ecologist to provide our national lead on Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG). We are using BNG across our portfolio of work to maximise the sustainability of our projects at all scales; including flood, coastal and maritime projects for our clients such as the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and local authorities, plus a range of other sectors such as ports, water utilities, transport and renewable power. This key role would also support our growing portfolio of water and catchment work including natural capital projects and Solutions By Nature; our joint venture providing nature-based solutions via blue-green infrastructure to the water industry.

You would be part of our national Ecology Team and work with our ecologists and specialists to drive the quality of our BNG, ecosystem services and natural capital assessments. We are already working with our GIS team to optimise the use of GIS/technology in collecting data and populating the metrics and are looking for someone to develop further opportunities.

Depending on your skill sets and interest there would also be the opportunity to still undertake more general ecological assessment and survey work.

You would be welcome in one of our offices (Redhill, Bradford on Avon, Birmingham, Exeter or Chester), but we are open to candidates from across the country and offer flexible working.

Binnies is a registered Ecological (CIEEM) and Landscape Practice (Landscape Institute) and hold the IEMA EIA Quality Mark, which is a benchmark of our high standards in EIA delivery. Binnies are also a sponsor of the Association of Environmental Clerk of Works.

About the Role

To be the Binnies national lead for BNG, the role would involve:

  • Leading the quality assurance on all BNG data collection, calculations, and review of reports.
  • Providing advice to our clients on how to achieve BNG on their project work. 
  • Identifying and carrying out internal training on UK Habitats Survey techniques and using the Biodiversity Metric for BNG Assessments. 
  • Design of habitat restoration/creation schemes to maximise BNG on projects and strategies. 
  • Supporting business development and tenders for BNG.
  • Working with our GIS team to maximise use of technology to optimise BNG Assessments, surveys and monitoring programmes.

We are happy to adapt the role to your preferences – e.g. more field based, office based or a mix. So if you are keen to keep up your field skills then there would be opportunity to still undertake ecological surveys, and oversee protected species licence applications and mitigation. Also to contribute and review wider ecological assessments and consents.


The role is suitable for an experienced Ecology professional with full membership of CIEEM or equivalent. You should possess and be able to demonstrate the following qualifications, skills and knowledge:

  • have an ecological/environmental related degree;
  • be or working towards Chartership;
  • proven experience in using the Biodiversity Metric 3.0 ( );
  • experience of UK Habitats assessments and BNG condition assessments;
  • have excellent written and oral communication;
  • enjoy innovation and embracing advances in technology and ecology;
  • hold a full UK driving licence.

Desirable experience includes:

  • wider ecological impact assessment and consenting;
  • contribution to natural capital and ecosystem services assessments;
  • range of other protected species or habitat surveys;
  • previous consultancy experience.

We develop intelligent solutions using our award-winning integrated planning and design approach to deliver functional infrastructure and lasting environmental and social legacies. This is backed by a culture that has stayed true since our foundation over 100 years ago. We create new possibilities for humanity through our innovative approach to delivery.

Together with our clients, we are always striving to find a smarter way to deliver projects. From providing low carbon, sustainable and resilient water solutions, flood alleviation and environment services, to connecting people with insights and data. Our business exists to improve the quality of life for our local communities today and for generations to come.

Binnies is part of the RSK Group, a leading integrated environmental, engineering, and technical services business providing dynamic, multidisciplinary services to a wide range of sectors. RSK was founded in 1989 and has grown considerably since then. In fact, Environment Analyst recently highlighted RSK’s growth commenting, “Few companies in the environmental services sector can claim to be expanding at the same pace as RSK.” Today, RSK Group consists of over 120 businesses and employs over 7,000 specialists. The group is headquartered in the United Kingdom and has an established presence in more than 40 countries around the world.

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