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Senior Ecologist at Amey plc

Senior Ecologist

Amey plc Cardiff, South Glamorgan Full-Time
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About Amey

We deliver forward-thinking solutions for the world’s biggest asset owners, transforming the places where we live, work and travel. Our success comes from a practical approach. We pride ourselves on solving complex challenges with original thinking, then turning it into a reality. We arrive at better answers because we ask better questions. ​

From complexity comes simplicity. ​ From better thinking, better solutions.

Think big, create better

Are you a Senior Ecologist passionate about using your skills to make an impact? Are you a big thinker who loves to find better solutions to difficult problems? Do you want to work on a high-profile project in the rail industry?

Amey Infrastructure Wales (AIW) will be working closely with Transport for Wales (TfW) to deliver a new era for passengers and for Wales, with more services, newer trains, better stations and a more reliable network. As part of this contract we will be delivering the £738million South Wales Metro, in partnership with the Welsh Government and the Cardiff Capital Region.

The Role

Due to increased workload we are seeking to recruit a Senior Ecologist. The successful candidate will be responsible for delivering the extensive protected species survey requirements, drafting Ecological Impact Assessments and protected species licence applications associated with the TfW Contract. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a major rail project from design stages to construction and operation.

Being an experienced Senior Ecologist at AIW, you’ll have the chance to focus on the parts of your role you most enjoy. Whether it’s further training to broaden your skills, working more closely with your clients to build relationships, or having the opportunity to develop leadership capabilities, our environment is one of collaboration and support where the direction of your career is led by you.

In a typical week you will:

  • Identify, forecast and resource ecological survey requirements in relation to both the design and construction programmes.
  • Coordinate and plan the delivery of all ecological surveys and technical reporting required as part of planning and licence applications; utilising and managing both the in-house ecology team and external ecological sub-contractors.
  • Undertake the role of Ecological Lead for the project providing advice and direction to the ecology and environmental teams as well as the design teams and Principal Contractors to ensure compliance with legislation, licencing and planning commitments.
  • Organising and co-ordinating meetings with Local Authority ecologists, NRW and other stakeholders as required.
  • Working with design and construction teams to ensure that the relevant ecological surveys and licences have been carried out/obtained within set timeframes without compromising the construction programme.
  • Attend engineering integration meetings and be able to authoritatively communicate key ecological requirements to ensure they are captured within preliminary and detailed design.

We want to hear from you if you have:

  • A strong undergraduate degree in Ecology, Zoology, Botany, Biology, Environmental Science (with a strong ecology focus) or similar/equivalent
  • Demonstrable post-graduate experience preferably in a professional ecological consultancy role encompassing large rail/infrastructure projects
  • Full Membership of CIEEM or equivalent with expertise in protected species surveys
  • Hold at least one European protected species survey license (beneficial)
  • EPS Mitigation licence application experience and Protected species licence holder or working towards same (notable species: bats & dormice)
  • Comprehensive knowledge of relevant wildlife legislation and ecological survey methodologies.
  • Experience in Invasive species survey and management.
  • Excellent reporting writing skills with experience in drafting & critically reviewing ecological reports; including Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Ecological Impact Assessments and Method Statements.
  • Experience of working closely with regulatory authorities and various stakeholders.
  • Experience of managing a team of ecological consultants and/or third-party contractors.
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to plan and deliver works in line with budgets and programme deadlines.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and the aptitude to rationally explain, explore and discuss ecological issues and capture feedback.
  • Health and Safety awareness, especially safe working practices and risk assessment related to ecology fieldwork.
  • Valid driving licence.

In return:

Our rewards make us better people here at Amey. If you’re happy, you’ll think better. It’s a simple formula but one that puts your wellbeing as a top priority, that’s why we’ve worked hard to build a reward and benefits program that puts you first, including;

  • Competitive salary
  • Exceptional development and progression plan
  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • Minimum 24 days holiday + Bank Holidays
  • Additional Leave Purchase Scheme
  • Amey Rewards Portal including healthcare, dental and childcare vouchers

What else is better about working for Amey?

Our success comes from a practical approach. We pride ourselves on solving complex challenges with original, real-world thinking, then turning it into a reality. Your solutions will have impact, making a genuine difference to people’s lives. It’s what makes a career with us unlike any other.

We value collective expertise, but also the spark one person can bring. As one of us, you can really be you, because your individuality is an asset. You’ll be surrounded by people who want you to thrive and embrace new challenges.

You’ll work in a team that is open-minded and where every idea will count. You’ll be stretched, but always supported. Well recognise your hard work and look after your well-being too. You’ll be empowered to play your part and achieve, encouraged to fulfil your own ambition as well as the shared one.

We don’t believe in typical: we believe a diversity of backgrounds and skills create the best environment and opportunities. It means we ask better questions to arrive at better answers because we learn from each other’s perspectives. And this means better outcomes for our clients our communities and ourselves.


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