Ecologist (Biodiversity Advisor)
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.
- 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