Career opportunity

Principal Ecologist – Milton Keynes / Basingstoke

South East

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced, Principal Ecologist to join an enthusiastic team delivering projects to a wide range of clients.  We are keen to recruit a self-motivated person who is looking to move onwards and upwards from their current situation and given the opportunity to help build our ecology services in either our Basingstoke, Milton Keynes or new office to be located on the south coast (location to be determined).

You will support the senior management team on the leadership on a range of types and sizes of projects, including major infrastructure, urban regeneration and environmental enhancement schemes.

Reporting to the Technical Director of Ecology and Regional Director for the South East, you will lead in the delivery of a complete range of ecological projects to our wide ranging client base mainly across the South East, East Anglia and Southern Central England.

We will consider applicants with a wide range of experience but a proven track record in UK based ecology with a minimum of 8 years’ experience is highly desirable.  Experience in either aquatic ecology / HRA / invertebrate/ bird survey or botany would be highly desirable. Typical duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting the management of the regional ecology team
  • Provision of high level technical expertise to the business
  • Business development
  • Preparation of fee quotes and tenders
  • Managing ecology projects, including appraisals and EcIAs
  • Maintaining and developing client relationships
  • Leading protected species surveys and mitigation projects
  • About Us

    Who we are and what we do

    Ecus is a leader in the environmental sector and provides services in ecology, habitat management, carbon and sustainability, arboriculture, water & environment, heritage, landscape design, and ISO business management services.

    With multiple regional business units and a very successful leadership team to take the company forward we plan to grow the company substantially over the coming years.

    The sectors within which Ecus operates include: transport, energy, development and construction, utilities and government. We have a number of framework agreements and long term contracts with clients across all of these sectors.

    The Ecus team has a wide range of technical expertise in environmental consulting.  We seek to add to that team by recruiting professionals with relevant skills who are committed to doing their best and with a track record of delivering for clients and for their colleagues.

  • Working at Ecus

    Investing in our people

    Whether you are an individual just starting your career or bringing years of experience with you, we support all employees in achieving their next career steps.  Investing heavily in our employees and the most up to date technology, we ensure we remain at the forefront with our competitors.

    Become part of our team and you’ll be working alongside technical experts who take pride in the quality of service we offer at every stage of the project lifecycle.

    We are always looking for people who share our key values:

    1. Commitment and Excellence
    2. Accountability and partnership
    3. Challenge and Innovation 

    These are the values that support in making Ecus the business it is today.  One that is client focused and able to provide the benefits of innovation through close, productive partnerships.  This all adds up to a highly professional, forward thinking culture where people feel inspired to look for ways to improve and continuously raise standards, creating a constant drive to grow the organisation and a robust commercial mind-set.  Whilst the work at Ecus can be challenging and comes with high expectations, there is an abundance of training / mentor guidance to support you.

  • Essential / Desirable Skills and Experience

    We are looking for

    Essential and desirable skills / experience

    • Protected species licence holder (bat licence highly desirable)
    • Experience of delivering EcIA and HRA
    • Obtaining EPS mitigation licences
    • Excellent report writing skills
    • Relevant degree / postgraduate degree
    • Full membership of CIEEM
    • Full driving licence
    • Chartered Ecologist or Environmentalist status
    • An interest in aquatic ecology / HRA / Invertebrate or Botany high desirable
    • Training and mentoring of junior staff
    • Good understanding of habitat creation and species specific needs and requirements

    On a personal level, we are looking for an enthusiastic and confident professional with good communication skills and the ability to fit into our friendly, lively and ambitious team. Training will be providing in respect of protected species licencing systems.

  • Company Benefits

    What we provide in return

    Ecus is an equal opportunities employer, we provide a supportive friendly working environment, offer competitive salaries, flexible working and we are proud to have gained Investors in People ‘Silver’ status.

    We offer a competitive benefits package, which includes contributory pension scheme, healthcare benefit package, professional annual membership fees paid, employee benefit scheme i.e. Cycle to Work and Perkbox and 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata for part time employees).  All applicants must demonstrate their right to work in the UK.

  • How to Apply

    Everything you need to know to get your application started

    There are two ways to apply for this role, through the application form below, or by sending your information to us via email.

    Applications can be made via email to and should include a CV and covering letter outlining the position applied for along with a portfolio (if applicable) to demonstrate your range of technical skills and experience.

    Supporting file requirements

    For CVs, covering letters and portfolios, keep the files to less than 10MB each or include a sharing download link if they exceed this size.

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