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9 months ago
Capita PLC
Location: Manchester
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Construction
Category: Environmental Jobs
Ecology Consultant

Capita Water and Environment

Can be based in Cardiff, Blackburn, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Carlisle, (possibly East Grinstead, London)

Due to successfully gaining a number of new commissions and an expanding client base Capita are seeking ambitious and enthusiastic ecologists for an immediate start within our existing ecology teams

This is an exciting opportunity to fulfil a crucial role within our national ecology team, with prospects for career progression and the ability to develop to your full potential within a professional forward thinking, commercial organisation.

The Role

Working as an integral member of the ecology team your role will be instrumental in achieving the timely, efficient and thorough completion of projects via desk based studies, surveying and reporting.

The successful applicants will have extensive experience of undertaking Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEA) and be competent and able to lead on Extended Phase 1 habitat surveys, with experience of surveying across a range of habitat types and a good knowledge of the principles of habitat management. As part of these surveys you should be competent in assessing sites for their potential to support protected and notable species.

The successful applicant will work as a consultant ecologist within the ecology team. You will undertake a variety of habitat and species surveys, produce survey reports, method statements, design mitigation strategies and provide assistance with the preparation of EPS development licences.

You will work on schemes of all sizes ranging from large infrastructure projects, bridge repair/maintenance, through school/small scale housing projects.

You will be expected to design, plan and lead surveys and will be a key player in the overall project delivery of the team, helping to develop and diversify/expand our expertise. It is desirable that you hold one or more protected species licences.

You will have the opportunity to work within multi-disciplinary project teams (including water and flood management colleagues, civil engineers, geotechnical engineers, architects and landscape designers) and contribute to the overall success of a variety of development and infrastructure projects.

While the majority of our work is currently based in the Midlands and Cumbria, we undertake and are working on projects throughout the UK.

About Capita | Real Estate and Infrastructure

Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure is one of the UK’s largest multifaceted consultancies, delivering property and infrastructure projects on a local, national and international scale. We have over 4,000 employees at 50 offices in the UK and internationally, offering a vast range of professional and technical expertise across an unrivalled number of services. The breadth and depth of our experience ensures that we are able to add value to any project, regardless of its size, complexity or sector.

We do much more than simply delivering projects; we design, manage and partner. We focus on building strategic relationships with our clients - delivering a comprehensive service across their portfolio and optimising the benefits of continuous improvement in design quality, efficiency, cost reduction and knowledge retention. We support them at all stages of a project or programme, and our understanding of the key risks and challenges means that we direct effort where it is most needed.

We are a wholly-owned division of Capita Plc, a FTSE 250 member and the UK’s leading provider of integrated professional support service solutions.

Requirements: (Essential)

Punctuality, reliability and presentability: e.g. attending site for meetings/surveys, undertaking work, meeting deadlines.

Applicants are expected to have an Honours degree in Ecology or a related subject, ideally with a minimum of 3 years consultancy experience or relevant vocational experience.

Full or Associate membership (or eligibility for Associate membership as a minimum) of CIEEM or IEMA

Extensive experience of PEA.

Good level of botany skills and the ability to undertake Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys to a high standard

You should have good report writing and IT skills.

You will need a working knowledge of mitigation principles and environmental/wildlife legislation in relation to protected and invasive species.

A full driving licence is essential for this role and a willingness to carry out surveys during unsociable hours and at times away from the office base.

Key Responsibilities:

Your key responsibilities will include but will not be limited to:


Lead and undertake Preliminary Ecological Appraisals


Design, plan and undertake a variety of fauna and flora ecological surveys (taking a lead role with Phase 1 habitat surveys and floral or protected species surveys dependent upon individual specialisms)


Produce associated reports to a high quality and in line with the company standards.


Assist with ecological mitigation design and other tasks as necessary.


Train and mentor junior staff as a part of their professional progression/growth.

Requirements: (Desirable)

Highly Desirable

You will hold one or more protected species licences (Natural England and/or Natural Resources Wales).

You should have a working knowledge of the planning system as it affects ecological issues.


Experience in NVC or lower plant surveys or a desire to develop such skills would be of interest.

Bat and/or great crested newt survey licences are particularly desirable.

Experience of input into BREEAM and/or CEEQUAL Assessments

Capability in GIS would be advantageous

What’s in it for you?

At Capita, training and development aren’t optional extras: they’re how we do our job. We will motivate you to perform at your peak, recognising your achievements and rewarding them appropriately. As well as a generous basic salary we also give you a company pension scheme and access to voluntary benefit options including; child care vouchers, share save scheme, life assurance, holiday buy and many more designed to suit your own personal lifestyle. All of this, in a professional but fun environment.

What we hope you will do next

Help us find out more about you by completing our short application process – click apply now.

Capita operates as an equal opportunities employer and we welcome all applications regardless of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, religion or beliefs, disability, age, political opinions or trade union membership.

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