Seasonal Assistant Ecologists are currently needed to undertake both survey work and site-based work at various sites across England. Positions are available at our Lockington office and our York office (covering sites across the North of England and Scotland). Survey work will mostly comprise bat surveys, but with other protected species surveys as required.
Site-based work will include newt and reptile translocation work, as well as other protected species/habitat creation works. Whilst predominantly field based, there may be some opportunity to assist in office-based work, including logging and mapping field data, with the data you collect being used to inform ecological impact assessments and mitigation measures across a range of projects.
Depending on your location, the work may require working away from home, including daytime and night and/or early morning work. We offer flexible hours so that you are able to fit working with us around other commitments. Both weekday and weekend working is available and you can commit from a just a few hours per week or to multiple days, depending on your availability. It is not essential that you are able to commit to the full survey season.
A ‘can do’ enthusiastic and motivated attitude is essential, as is a keen interest in ecology and conservation, as work can be in remote locations, sometimes during poor weather and regularly out of normal hours. At times supporting other more experienced staff, you may also be expected to undertake day work without supervision. The ability to communicate well and work effectively as part of a team is vital and you’ll be organised and able to manage your time well to ensure surveys run smoothly.
You may already have experience of undertaking UK habitat and/or protected species surveys, a good understanding of British native species, wildlife legislation and planning policy relating to ecology. You are likely to have, or be working towards to have having a qualification in an environmental subject and may be a member of CIEEM (from graduate to full membership). Full, on the job training is provided and you’ll need to be able to quickly learn and apply new skills.
Reliable and accurate recording of field data on both paper and digital devices to a consistent and high standard is necessary, and good written skills will be an advantage. You may also be proficient with software such as QGIS.
A full driving licence and access to a vehicle is necessary and you must have, or be prepared to add, Business Use to your car insurance policy. Existing experience and a current CSCS card is desirable for site based work, but not essential.
We will be holding an open evening on the 4th of February as part of the recruitment process. Please confirm your ability to attend at the registration stage.