Principal Ecologist – Independent Consultancy

North West, UK Wide, Flexible Home Working • £45K - £55K + Significant Bens • Ref: JSM 1130

Biodiversity, Ecology

Posted 30th October 2023

Highly regarded independent ecological consulting firm specialising in the renewables sector is looking to strengthen their team with the appointment of a Principal Ecologist to work alongside the founding director in driving the business forward.

My client is looking for an experienced Principal Ecologist to join their team of skilled professionals in response to continuing growth.

As a Principal Ecologist you will lead on projects and also work as part of a larger project team. Your work will be varied, with a strong focus on renewable energy schemes and habitat creation, as well as nationally significant projects and more conventional development projects. You will act as a first point of contact by working closely with clients, providing clear advice and robust documentation to support their projects across the UK. My client choses to work only with clients who promote and support biodiversity as a critical component of a project.

Liaison with clients, planning authorities, statutory agencies and stakeholders is a key part of the role which provides excellent opportunities to further develop your consultancy skills. You will also supervise junior ecologists and subcontractors.

My client provides a progressive, professional environment combined with the benefits and flexibility of a medium sized consultancy. They recognise the importance of work-life balance and provides the opportunity to control your lifestyle through flexible working hours, home or home/office hybrid working and by maintaining your own project portfolio.

They are committed to attracting and retaining the highest calibre of personnel and provide you with an opportunity to flourish in an environment where your excellence and progression is encouraged, supported, and rewarded.

On offer is a strong remuneration package in a friendly, dynamic and flexible working environment. Supporting and encouraging your professional development by offering training and tools to develop personal careers and goals.


Cheshire/100% Remote Working Available

Ideally You Will Have The Following

Key requirements are:
·         Experienced in managing ecological input on medium-large scale projects.
·         Strong experience of field ecology, survey techniques and of carrying out surveys as part of infrastructure design or construction.
·         A clear understanding of relevant UK wide environmental/ecological policy and legislation.
·         Demonstrable ability to provide clear, succinct and robust technical reports, including Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA/EIA) and Technical Appendices. Experience in Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) would be beneficial.
·         Experience of reviewing technical ecology reports written by others.
·         The ability to mentor and support junior members of the team.
·         Experience of using the Defra Biodiversity Net Gain Metric (however training can be given).
·         Experience in advising clients on the ecological requirements of their projects and knowledge of consulting with regulators and stakeholders.

My client is looking for people with a strong desire to excel in ecological consultancy. In particular, those with expertise in botany, ornithology and bats including where these apply to renewable energy projects, but this is not essential.

This is a full-time permanent role. Salary is highly competitive and dependent on experience, and you will be entitled to participate in the annual company profit share. My client offers 25 Annual Leave days (plus bank holidays) and two volunteer days per annum for use on conservation initiatives. Private health care is also offered.

At least five years’ consultancy experience is required for this role. You will have a relevant degree and preferably be a CIEEM member or have at least one relevant licence as well as a full clean drivers’ license.

Rewards & Benefits

My client offers a highly competitive salary along with a range of exciting benefits.  This is an exceptional opportunity to join an ambitious business with significant growth plans ahead.  My client offers a lot of training as well as great scope for progression and reward.  You will have significant input into the growth and development of the business. 

Even if you are cautiously looking, I would recommend a discreet conversation to find out more about the firm and the role.

Contact Us

If you are interested in finding out more about this position or similar roles and would like a discreet non-committal chat, please contact Jeremy Money (  However, if you have not received a response within with-in one working week, please assume your application has been unsuccessful this time round.  We will confidentially retain your details and inform you of any other suitable opportunities arising should you not be successful in this role.

This is one of a number of exciting positions currently available via JSM Associates.  JSM offers an extensive range of jobs in the areas of Environmental and Sustainability, including ESG, EIA and Ecology, Contaminated Land, Environmental Planning, Air Quality and Noise.

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