Lead/Principal Ecologist

East Anglia, Greater London, M4 Corridor, South East, Thames Valley, Flexible Home Working • Circa £45K – £55K Dependant on Experience • Ref: JSM 1163

Biodiversity, Ecology

Posted 25th March 2024

Are you ready to take the next step in your career and lead your own team? If you're seeking a dynamic and varied role that offers flexible working arrangements, including remote work and frequent visits to different sites and offices, then look no further. This opportunity might be exactly what you're looking for.

Company Overview

My client delivers highways and street lighting maintenance contracts and a variety of large civil engineering projects across southern and central England. With a commitment to integrity and sustainability, they prioritize the well-being of their people, clients, and communities. Investing in their workforce, they empower growth and development, offering ample training opportunities.

Role Overview

As the Principal Ecologist, you will lead ecological aspects across highways infrastructure projects to meet client needs and ensure positive outcomes. Your responsibilities include managing the ecology function, coordinating ecological services, providing specialist advice, and overseeing project deliverables. Collaboration with design and construction teams, external consultants, and statutory authorities is essential.

Responsibilities & Tasks

·         Coordinate and deliver a range of ecological services, including surveys, support, assessment, and mitigation.
·         Produce accurate reports tailored to diverse audiences.
·         Provide specialist advice and training to project teams and clients.
·         Review and approve project deliverables for quality assurance.
·         Compile and implement ecological consents and mitigation strategies.
·         Liaise with statutory authorities and engage external consultants.
·         Manage and mentor other ecologists, overseeing their development and performance.
·         Formulate fee proposals and manage resource allocation.
·         Support team growth and performance through business development and recruitment.

Success Measures

·         Achievement of strategic objectives and contractual requirements related to ecology.
·         Effective management of ecological risks and opportunities on projects, resulting in positive client feedback.
·         Meeting utilization targets and revenue generation goals.
·         Securing industry awards for ecology initiatives.
·         Development and performance of team members.

Skills & Knowledge

·         Degree in environmental or related subject preferred.
·         Minimum 3 years' experience in construction/infrastructure sectors preferred.
·         Proficiency in field surveys and ecological principles.
·         Experience coordinating and delivering ecological services.
·         Survey and/or mitigation/conservation licenses desirable.
·         Strong project management and communication skills.
·         Pragmatic approach to ecological solutions.
·         Ambitious with a focus on innovation and digital services.
·         Willingness to travel and work in a fast-paced environment.


·         28 days' annual leave plus bank holidays
·         Company car or car allowance
·         Generous pension scheme
·         Ride to work scheme.
·         Employee discount platform
·         Ongoing career development & training

If you are interested in joining a dynamic team committed to sustainability and making a positive impact, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity.

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 (jeremy@jsm-associates.co.uk).  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.

Phone - 01934 312155
Email - jeremy@jsm-associates.co.uk
Website - www.jsm-associates.co.uk
Twitter - @JSMAssociates

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