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Senior Ecologist

Salary £28,000 - £44,000 per annum
Location Nationwide
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SES part of the RSK Group, are recruiting for a Senior Ecologist to join their growing ecology team on a full time permanent basis.This is a hybrid role, with flexible homeworking and client site work.  The ideal candidate will be based in the South East and able to cover the Essex/Suffolk/Norfolk regions.  However all applications will be considered.

As a senior member of the ecology team, you will be managing and delivering a variety of projects and protected species surveys, from project inception through to the completion of reports such as Preliminary Ecology Appraisals, Ecological Assessments, Ecological Impact Assessments, Mitigation and Enhancement Strategies, Management Plans, protected species licences and Method Statements.


  • Actively engage as a member of the ecology team and wider SES team promoting the business and maintaining company reputation and standards.
  • Carry out field surveys as required including planning and managing own time and scheduling to facilitate project deadlines.
  • Conduct Preliminary Ecological Appraisals in accordance with published guidelines, across a variety of sites / projects.
  • Provide coherent and timely project management including, coordination of project milestones, key dates, and on-site survey timetables across multifaceted projects, whilst ensuring compliance with statutory requirements, policy and recognised standards.
  • Input to project planning and programming, including advising on management of risk and value for money in the context of ecological matters.
  • Provide advice on the scope and range of ecological assessments required to inform projects, site management and decision-making processes.
  • Assist in the co-ordination of ecological surveys, taking ownership for the delivery of surveys associated with own projects.

Person specification 

  • Relevant degree(s) in ecology and or relatable experience..
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).
  • Significant vocational experience (minimum of four years’), demonstrating development through involvement in a series of progressively more demanding relevant roles with experience including managing multi-faceted projects, undertaking a variety of surveys and supervising less experienced team members.
  • Up-to-date and in-depth knowledge and understanding of ecology related legislation and policy and its practical application in a UK context. This should include an understanding of species protection legislation and licensing requirements, as well as an understanding of statutory designated sites and associated legislation and processes, including Habitats Regulations Assessments.
  • Awareness of any new statutory requirements for example those emerging from the Environment Act 2021, including Biodiversity Net Gain.
  • Broad knowledge of ecological survey/assessment methods, including good habitat survey and classification skills in a broad range of environments, using widely recognised classification systems.
  • Good species identification skills across a range of taxonomic groups.

Salary and Benefits 

  • £28,000 - £44,000 per annum
  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays, private health care and discounted gym memberships
  • Regular training and career development

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RSK Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer 

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We are a multi-disciplinary consultancy specialising in ecology, habitat management, arboriculture, and landscape design, based in Essex, UK. Since our company’s founding, we have grown to become a leading UK provider of specialist ecological, arboricultural and landscape design consulting services. We are known for devising sustainable, pragmatic, and client-focused solutions. Our diverse portfolio includes clients in the fields of infrastructure, development, conservation charities and individual bespoke projects. Our business is continuing to expand into new markets, and we are forming new teams to meet future challenges.

SES has a team of 52 qualified ecologists, landscape architects, arboriculturists and coordination and support staff. Currently, we’re working with Barratt Homes and the RSPB on a large residential housing development, Kingsbrook, a case study in the biodiversity net gain best practice principles for development. Our ecological work includes due diligence reporting, land appraisals, habitat design and creation, protected species surveys and ecological impact assessments. Landscape design and planning services teams specialise in strategic projects, combining an innovative and context-led approach to design.

SES 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.

At RSK, we operate as a group of businesses that work together seamlessly, aiming for growth through diversification. Our strategy helps us build a strong and resilient business, capable of weathering external challenges, while also providing greater value to our clients and more opportunities for our employees. 

Since the beginning, our philosophy has remained the same: employ, develop and reward talented individuals. People are crucial to our company, and we recognise that our success hinges on our colleagues' growth. We're committed to preserving RSK's people-first culture, promoting innovation, and fostering a supportive and caring environment for collaboration. At RSK, we want you to be part of our successes and help you reach your career aspirations. We take pride in offering employees fulfilling and challenging careers by promoting ongoing growth and empowering individuals to excel.

We are committed to fostering an inclusive workplace that welcomes individuals from all backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We firmly believe that embracing and celebrating the diversity in our workforce makes us a stronger and more innovative company.

By providing workplace adjustments, we make it easier for people to confidently explore and pursue our career opportunities and recognise that flexibility is key to fostering a dynamic and thriving workplace. Many of our office-based positions benefit from a flexible working arrangement, allowing our team members to achieve a balance between professional and personal commitments. 

We actively encourage applications from candidates of all genders, races, ethnicities, ages, neurotypes, religions or beliefs, sexual orientations, and those with disabilities.

If you're passionate about making a difference, join us as we work together to build a brighter, more equitable, and sustainable future for all. Do you have what it takes?

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