Ecologist (Biodiversity Advisor)

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This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Ecologist (Biodiversity Advisor) to join the Connect Plus Services’ Environmental Team, looking after the natural environment and developing sustainable solutions on a diverse array of habitats and landscapes surround the M25 network.

Main Purpose of the Job:

  • Identify and design ecological Designated Funds schemes
  • Lead on identification and execution of Biodiversity Net gain for Improvement schemes.
  • To organise and carry out ecological surveys on the M25 DBFO
  • To provide mentoring to Assistant Ecologist
  • Nature of Formal Contacts (with DBFO Co / HE etc.):DBFO Co, Highways England, other members of CPS and external stakeholders including Statutory Environmental Bodies.


Key Responsibilities/Duties:

  • To lead on the DEFRA Biodiversity Metric 2 Appraisal Tool (or as adapted for Highways England)
  • To build up baseline Metric data for the DBFO Co. To assess post-scheme Metric data using scheme proposals and developing such proposals with the Assistant Ecologist.
  • To provide ecological advice to designers and contractors on site
  • To undertake environmental assessments
  • Undertake Extended Phase 1 or similar habitat surveys for Biodiversity Metric calculations.
  • Data input using GIS Collector App and preparation of reports
  • Advise on Biodiversity metrics, ecological matters and habitat/conservation management
  • Development of ecological Designated Funds schemes with Biodiversity metrics in line with the Road Investment Strategy 2 and 3 periods.
  • Calculating biodiversity off-setting units required
  • Supervision of contractors undertaking works on site
  • Support the EIA team by providing baseline and post-scheme biodiversity calculations and Ecological advice where necessary.
  • Other Environmental Team tasks as required
  • Working Arrangements (Need for travel etc.):
  • Current UK driving licence
  • To be based in CPS offices at South Mimms with significant travel (approximately 10k miles per annum) around the M25 network. A business needs car will be supplied.
  • Significant field surveys during Spring and Summer.
  • Lone working may be required.
  • Occasional night work may be required to support ecological supervision.


Qualifications / Skills / Experience:

  • Minimum of a degree in a relevant ecological or environmental management with demonstratable practical work in Phase 1 or similar surveys
  • Membership of a professional body relevant to ecology, such as the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management
  • Working knowledge of the DEFRA Biodiversity Metric 2 calculation, UK Habitat Classification and tools.
  • Holder of one or more of any European Protected Species licence issued by Natural England – preferably for great crested newts and hazel dormice
  • Proven ecological survey, ecological mitigation and site management skills
  • Previous project management experience or delivery of environmental improvements preferred but not essential.
  • Working knowledge of Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Understanding of landscape management techniques
  • Full UK driving licence
  • Understanding of the Environmental Impact Assessment process
  • Knowledge of ISO14001 and Environmental Management Systems
  • Some industry experience preferable but not mandatory
  • Competent in Microsoft Office Applications
  • Personal Attributes:
  • Ability to communicate at all levels of the organisation
  • Excellent communicator and team player
  • Passionate about implementing biodiversity change supported by using existing tools.
  • A problem solver
  • Good time management skills, and ability to act autonomously
  • An interest in developing your career within the environmental management industry