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Our people are our greatest asset and are key to our continued success.

We are committed to providing careers in which our employees achieve their full potential, whether they are starting out in their chosen career or have a wealth of experience.

We offer 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.

Benefits

Current vacancies

Seasonal Field Ecologists

Urban Green is looking to recruit Seasonal Fields Ecologists to support our busy Ecology team during the ecology survey season (May – September). Ecology surveys are completed primarily to obtain planning permission across the following sectors: housing, infrastructure; industrial; public realm; leisure; and education. Most of our work is in the North of England however we do work across the UK.

The role

Seasonal Field Ecologists will be responsible for carrying out habitat and protected species surveys, data analysis and office experience. This will primarily involve Bat Emergence / Re-Entry Surveys and Bat Activity Surveys, project managed and supervised by our in-house Ecologists.

We work to the Bat Conservation Trust’s Good Practice Guidelines for Professional Ecologists. This typically involves travelling to site either individually or as part of a team and spending approx. 2.5 hours on site at sunset (dusk emergence) and/or sunrise (dawn re-entry) located at vantage points around the outside of the surveyed building. You will identify and record bat activity accurately, normally on handwritten survey sheets. Bat detectors are used to identify and record bat calls that are at a higher frequency than humans to hear. There may also be opportunity to be get involved in Great Crested Newt surveys and nesting bird checks.

There will also be opportunity to work office-based, supporting our Ecology team with analysing bat data.

In addition, opportunities to support on other protected species surveys, i.e., reptiles, badger, otter etc. may also become available.

Key responsibilities

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

  • Ecology/bat experience is not essential but is a definite plus;
  • Flexibility to work out-of-hours (Monday – Friday), including evenings and early mornings, with some stayovers dependent upon the location of surveys;
  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Organised and conscientious
  • Willingness to work outdoors, sometimes in unfavourable weather conditions
  • Passionate about wildlife and the environment
  • Enthusiastic and keen to pursue an environmental/wildlife career
  • A willingness to learn new skills
  • Hold a full UK driving licence and ideally have access to your own vehicle
  • Working towards or hold a relevant degree, e.g. Environmental Studies, Zoology, etc

Work Allocation

There are no set or minimum working hours as survey effort is dependent on our instructed workload. All planned surveys are shared on a calendar, and you can decide whether you have availability to attend the survey.

Training

Please note, no experience is necessary - you do not need to have performed these duties previously, but you must have a willingness to learn new skills and the ability to assimilate new information quickly. Full training and support will be provided free of charge.

Kit

Suitable clothing and footwear will be required along with a camping chair, food/drink, notebook, pen/pencil and a mobile phone. Bat detectors and other specialist equipment will be provided.

Pay

We offer a competitive rate of pay of £12.50 per hour. Travel time to and from sites is paid, along with mileage if a personal vehicle is used.

How to apply

Please send your CV and covering letter to hello@weareurbangreen.co.uk or call 0161 312 3131 for further information.

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Senior / Principal Ecologist

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

The successful candidate 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 responsibilities

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

  • Leading a portfolio of interesting and complex ecological projects from initial client liaison through to completion
  • Managing and organising subconsultants and seasonal workforce as required
  • Undertaking field work including surveying habitats and protected species
  • Ecological Clerk of Works activities
  • Writing, overseeing and completing qualty checks of technical reports
  • Mentoring and managing enthusiastic Ecologists by adopting a creative and an inspiring approach
  • Contributing to business development activities including client relationships
  • Maintaining quality and Health and Safety standards
  • Demonstrating 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

How to apply

Please send your CV and covering letter to hello@weareurbangreen.co.uk or call 0161 312 3131 for further information.

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Arboricultural Consultants (All Levels)

Urban Green is looking for an experienced Arboricultural Consultants ideally with a minimum of 3 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

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading, managing and delivering a range of arboriculture projects. A technical focus is required, with excellent delivery experience and strong project management and communication skills. An inspiring approach and the ability to lead, manage and mentor staff as required.

Key responsibilities

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

  • Lead and supporting the delivery of arboriculture projects across various sectors
  • Support multi-disciplinary projects and offer advice and the benefit of your experience to the wider arboriculture team and the business generally
  • Undertake a variety of arboricultural surveys, risk assessments, tree management plans, tree mapping (CAD and ArcGIS Pro technology) and community engagement and produce associated reports for submission to Local Planning Authorities and landowners
  • Liaise with the local planning authorities, planners, architects, and other professionals to inform the planning design process
  • Provide advice relating to Tree Preservation Orders, tree work applications, Conservation Areas and High Hedges
  • Support in the management of the arboriculture team and mentoring and development support
  • Assist in all aspects/ duties as necessary including supporting the team manager, analysing survey data, writing and checking reports and assisting in the general workload of the arboriculture team
  • Maintain quality standards and demonstrating efficient and profitable delivery

Essential requirements

  • A degree in an Arboriculture or related subject
  • Membership of a relevant professional body such as the Arboricultural Association
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in an arboricultural consultancy role
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Strong knowledge and experience of tree surveying techniques and risk/hazard assessment methodologies
  • Understanding of the principles of Visual Tree Assessment and the ability to work methodically through the process
  • Strong working knowledge of current planning and environmental legislation
  • Strong organisational skills and an ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Experience and ability to negotiate with and obtain agreement from a wide range of clients and statutory consultees
  • Strong interpersonal skills and able to work at all levels with colleagues and clients
  • A positive, enthusiastic and flexible approach to work, under your own initiative or within a multidisciplinary team environment

Desirable requirements

  • Professional Tree Inspection (PTI) Certificate
  • Flexibility to work away from home on occasions

How to apply

Please send your CV and covering letter to hello@weareurbangreen.co.uk or call 0161 312 3131 for further information.

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Graduate Landscape Architect

Urban Green is looking for a Graduate Landscape Architect with a minimum of 1-2 years’ industry/practice experience to join our team in Manchester.

The role

The successful candidate will have a demonstrate passion for Landscape Architecture, have a creative flair, an excellent design ability, an ability to deliver innovative solutions and excellent graphic and communication skills. You will be working with an enthusiastic team of Landscape Architects, and alongside our Urban Design, Landscape Planning, Arboriculture and Ecology teams.

Working in our studio in Manchester, the role is part of a growing team with a diverse portfolio of challenging and exciting schemes across the UK.

As a multidisciplinary consultancy, the successful candidate will work alongside our in-house urban designers, landscape planners, arboriculture, ecology and biodiversity net gain teams.

Key responsibilities

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

  • Production of landscape design work and drawings, including feasibilities, high-level concepts, landscape masterplans, detailed construction and planting plans, illustrations and visualisations through all the Landscape Institute / RIBA work stages to a high standard
  • Preparation of written and graphic materials for design and assessment reports
  • Participation in discussions with clients, other consultants and disciplines, and stakeholders
  • Work with the wider landscape team to develop our design approach
  • Attend project reviews, design reviews and client workshops

Essential requirements

  • 1-2 years’ experience within the industry/practice
  • Masters/Post-Graduate degree from a Landscape Institute accredited course
  • Knowledge and experience in the design and delivery of landscape projects in the UK
  • Understanding of current Planning and Environmental legislation
  • Experience in delivering projects across a variety of sectors
  • Engagement with clients, other consultants, in-house disciplines, and stakeholders
  • Strong CAD, graphic (Adobe Creative Suite) and Autodesk packages
  • Strong technical, design and presentation/graphic skills
  • Hand drawn sketching capability
  • A creative and an inspiring approach
  • A keen interest in the landscape and environment
  • Strong organisational skills and an ability to manage their own workload/minimal supervision required
  • An ability to work under pressure
  • An enthusiastic and flexible approach to work
  • Strong written and communication skills
  • Diligent, proactive and motivated
  • Ability to work under your own initiative and as part of a team
  • Delivery of high quality and robust outputs

Desirable requirements

  • Working towards Chartership with the Landscape Institute (CMLI)
  • Hold a full UK driving licence

How to apply

Please send your CV, design portfolio and covering letter to hello@weareurbangreen.co.uk or call 0161 312 3131 for further information.

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Arboricultural Surveyors

Urban Green is looking for experienced Arboricultural Surveyors at all levels to join our team to deliver Health and Safety tree inspections for public and private sector clients.

The role

The successful candidates will undertake tree inspections and assist with tree related risk management of public and/or privately owned tree stock utilising handheld ArcGIS Pro and CAD technology.

Key responsibilities

  • Undertake tree inspections of public and privately owned tree stock utilising handheld ArcGIS Pro and CAD technology
  • Identify tree works
  • Respond to client queries and maintain strong relationships
  • Deliver high standards and work practices to comply with British Standards and relevant legislation
  • Complete and observe risk assessments and working methodologies with regards to Health and Safety

Essential Requirements

  • Experience of working in an arboricultural environment and undertaking tree inspections and risk assessments
  • Formal arboricultural qualification or equivalent experience and be prepared to undertake a relevant arboricultural course/qualification
  • Experience of liaising clients and attending meetings
  • Computer and IT literate with experience in using handheld technology software, Microsoft Office and Excel
  • Willingness to work at any location on a semi-permanent basis with time in the office as and when required
  • A valid UK driving licence
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work and liaise at all levels with colleagues, clients and local authority officers

Desirable requirements

  • CAD experience
  • GIS proficient
  • Understanding of Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs), legislation and knowledge of the planning system

How to apply

Please send your CV and covering letter to hello@weareurbangreen.co.uk or call 0161 312 3131 for further information.

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