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  • UK, Wales, South Glamorgan, Cardiff
  • to £390 per day (Within IR35)
  • Contract , 9 months
  • Full time

2 to 3 days in the office and the remaining working from home.  


IR35: Inside  

Pay Rate to Candidate: - £390 – umbrella  


Basic PTS  


Type of PPE required: to be provided by the client  



The Ecologist will be based within the Route Asset Management Team. The role will mainly involve working on the Sustainable Land Use Programme (SLUP), providing advice and guidance on Ecology and Biodiversity issues on the Routes and within the Region to ensure compliance with wildlife legislation and policy. The project aims to implement both recommendations of the Varley review and also the requirements of the 'Biodiversity Duty' (including the Environment Wales Act Section 6 duty requirements on the Wales Route, and the 2024 target of ‘No Net Loss’ in England).  


Working on the central biodiversity implementation programme – the team work on different aspects of the programme. Working on the track side – case studies and involved in reporting too. Undertaking ecologist surveys and habitat works.  


Word, excel, PowerPoint and GIS mapping plus internal databases  


The role will involve providing advice and guidance to colleagues across the CLIENT to implement vegetation and habitat management plans, and also work on pilot projects to enhance the lineside estate for biodiversity, whilst also considering the ongoing maintenance for the effective management of a safe working railway line. Although working as part of the team, the Ecologist will be required to have the ability to make independent decisions and provide direct advice to colleagues within other teams. It will also involve identifying opportunities and working with stakeholders aiming to achieve resilient ecological networks. The Ecologists will undertake fieldwork and produce Ecology reports, management plans and policy documents, and also provide valuable input into strategy with regard to managing Biodiversity.  


This contract requires an experienced Ecologist who is a task-orientated team-player with excellent communication skills, who is adaptable and able to work in a fast-paced working environment. The contract will involve survey and fieldwork and require some travel in order for the Ecologist to be able to undertake site visits across the Route/Region. Site work will be shared amongst the team and will aim to accommodate base locations of each Ecologist.  



• At least 4 years comprehensive Ecological field experience.  

• Experience of land management, specifically in relation to Biodiversity or Ecology interests.  

• Extensive experience of leading extended phase 1 habitat surveys and at least 2 years’ experience of providing supervision of works in the role of project ecologist and / or ECoW.  

• A relevant undergraduate degree in Ecology, Zoology, Biological Sciences or other relevant Environmental Science.  


• A comprehensive understanding of UK and European wildlife legislation, and experience in the application of best practice guidance. For Wales, this must include knowledge of the application of the Biodiversity policies for devolved countries (e.g. Environment Wales Act 2016).  

• Significant practical experience of identifying baseline Ecological constraints during site visits and providing guidance on mitigation measures and what permissions are required for works to proceed.  

• Have significant experience of standard survey protocols and methodologies, with the ability to complete protected species surveys.  

• Good interpersonal, influencing, communication and organisation skills.  

• The ability to work under pressure, be adaptable and meet deadlines on time.  

• The ability to work independently and make independent decisions in relation to providing advice on Ecology.  

• Task orientated team player who is adaptable and able to work in a fast-paced working environment.  

• Strong report writing skills, including experience of writing method statements and survey reports to a high standard (including Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, PEAs, Ecological Appraisals and HRAs).  

• Botanical skills to a Level 3 FISC BSBI (or working towards completing the assessment) - which is the minimum level required for Phase 1 habitat survey.  

• Competent with Microsoft Office and GIS.  

• Knowledge of the use of Natural Capital Accounting such as the use of Biodiversity Metric 3.0.  

• Experience attending client meetings and working with multi-disciplinary teams.  

• Project management experience.  

• Full UK driving licence.  



• A relevant postgraduate qualification in Ecology, or other directly relevant discipline.  

• Protected species survey licences, e.g. dormice, bats, great crested newts.  

• Experience of completing protected species mitigation licence applications.  

• Botanical skills (i.e. plant ID and use of Botanical keys) for a range of habitats including woodland, grassland plants.  

• Knowledge of operational railway environment and PTS qualified.  

• Experience of undertaking and completing environmental impact assessments.  

• Knowledge of ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard  

• Full/associate/graduate membership of Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).  

  • Contact: Agata Debska
    020 7531 5757 (Offline)
  • Date: 13.05.2022
  • Deadline: 27.05.2022
  • Quote ref: 6535/56136

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