Join our Team: Senior/Principal Ecologist

  • 10 May 2023

Are you an experienced Senior/Principal Ecologist looking for a new challenge?

Urban Green is looking for a highly motivated Senior/Principal Ecologist with a minimum of 3-5 years’ experience to join our team in Manchester. Our team works for a wide range of clients within the residential, commercial, industrial, education and infrastructure sectors.

The Role

You will be responsible for leading, managing and delivering ecology projects across a range of challenging and exciting schemes to the highest quality, drawing upon field experience and knowledge of the planning system.  A technical focus is required, with excellent delivery experience and strong project management and communication skills. An inspiring approach and the ability to lead and manage staff is required. You will be a key contributor in developing and supporting the growth of the team to achieve business plan targets.

Key Responsbilities

The successful candidate will be responsible for (but not limited to):

  • Lead a portfolio of interesting and complex ecological projects from initial client liaison through to completion
  • Manage and organise subconsultants and seasonal workforce as required
  • Undertake field work including surveying habitats and protected species
  • Ecological Clerk of Works activities
  • Write, oversee and QA technical reports
  • Mentor and manage enthusiastic Ecologists by adopting a creative and an inspiring approach
  • Contribute to business development activities including client relationships
  • Maintain quality and Health and Safety standards
  • Demonstrate efficient and profitable delivery

Essential Requirements

  • A minimum of 3-5 years’ experience as a consultant Ecologist
  • A relevant degree
  • Full member of CIEEM
  • Excellent knowledge of UK and EC wildlife legislation and policy including experience of practical application of mitigation requirements for protected species.
  • Working knowledge of EIA and the planning process
  • Protected species licences advantageous, particularly for bats and GCN.
  • Developed core field and technical report writing skills, alongside delivery of EPSL licence documents and EcIA
  • Experience and working knowledge of BNG assessments
  • Excellent project management skills including financial control, strong client liaison and coordinating a team effort
  • Enthusiastic and flexible approach to work
  • Strong organisational skills/ability to work under pressure to deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills/an ability to work at all levels with colleagues and clients
  • A valid UK driving licence
  • Flexibility to work outside office hours and away from home as required 

Desirable Requirements

  • Named ecologist on EPSL / Mitigation licence for bats and/or GCN
  • FISC level 3 or above
  • Habitat Regulations Assessment experience
  • GIS proficiency / capability
  • Staff mentoring experience


Urban Green offers a competitive rewards and benefits package, access to a range of individual and professional development opportunities and the guarantee of an engaging and supportive working environment. We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

We offer the following benefits:

  • 1 paid professional membership annually
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Technology scheme
  • Free eye tests
  • Discount on local leisure centre
  • Access to company vehicles
  • Workplace Pension Scheme
  • 23 days holiday, rising to 24 following 3 years’ continuous service

To find out more, email or contact 0161 312 3131.


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