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Senior / Principal Ecologist

East of England
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Engineering & Technical
14 Jun 2024
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About The Role

Senior / Principal Ecologist

£45000 - £55000 DOE
28 days' annual leave plus bank holidays
Company car or car allowance
Generous pension scheme
Ride to work scheme
Employee discount platform
Ongoing career development & training including recognised industry qualifications 

Milestone Infrastructure Ltd is looking to recruit a Principal Ecologist. Milestone Infrastructure is a part of the Transport Division within MGroup Services. We currently deliver highways and street lighting maintenance contracts and a variety of large, complex, civil engineering projects across southern and central England.

As a business, people are at the heart of everything we do, whether they are our people, our clients, or the communities they serve. We are committed to behaving with integrity and in a sustainable manner, being mindful to the needs of our communities and the environment. Our people are our greatest strength and ensuring their health, safety and wellbeing is our top priority. We invest in our workforce, engaging and empowering them, helping them to grow and develop with opportunities to train and learn.

As the Principal Ecologist, you will oversee and manage ecological aspects across a range of highways infrastructure contracts/projects to satisfy client needs and achieve positive outcomes through pragmatic input at all project lifecycle stages. You will be responsible for leading and developing the ecology function within the Environmental Technical Team, which acts as an in-house consultancy through delivery of specialist environmental and sustainability services both internally and externally. You will manage other ecologists whilst working closely with design & construction teams and other external consultants to co-ordinate and deliver a full range of ecological services such as habitat and species surveys, ECoW support, impact assessment, licencing & mitigation, and Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) assessments.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Co-ordinating and delivering a range of office and site-based ecological services, including habitat/species surveys, ECoW support, impact assessment, licencing & mitigation, and BNG assessments.
  • Producing accurate reports in a range of formats with an appropriate level of technical content for the intended audience and application.
  • Providing specialist ecological advice and training to contract/project teams and clients to assist them in effectively managing ecological risks and opportunities.
  • Reviewing and approving a range of reports and other project deliverables to provide quality assurance.
  • Compiling and implementing licence applications and other ecological consents, including mitigation and monitoring strategies.
  • Liaising with statutory authorities and establishing positive, trusted relationships.
  • Engaging and co-ordinating support from external consultants as required.
  • Managing other ecologists, providing appropriate direction to support their development and high performance.
  • Formulating fee proposals covering environmental support as well as managing time allocation of self and others in accordance with agreed Task Orders and utilisation targets.
  • Supporting the growth and performance of the Environmental Technical Team through delivery and business development, whilst overseeing and leading the strategic direction of the ecology function and undertaking recruitment to meet resource needs.
  • Planning and programming workload for yourself and others to ensure delivery of services within agreed timescales to high standards.

Success Measures:

  • Delivery of strategic objectives and contractual requirements related to ecology/biodiversity.
  • Positively influencing contract/project development through effective management of ecological risks and opportunities on contracts/projects, as evidenced by tangible benefits and positive client feedback.
  • Managing workloads and time allocation to meet utilisation targets, grow the ecology function, and maximise revenue generation.
  • Securing industry-leading awards in relation to ecology/biodiversity initiatives.
  • Development and performance of team members.

Skills & Knowledge Required:

  • Degree level qualification in an environmental or related subject (desirable).
  • At least 3 years’ experience in construction / infrastructure sectors or related industries (desirable).
  • Proficient in field surveys including UK Habitat Classification assessment, BNG condition assessment, and protected species surveys.
  • Sound knowledge of ecological principles, legislation, policy, and guidance.
  • Proven track record of co-ordinating and delivering a range of office and site-based ecological services to achieve positive project outcomes.
  • Holder of survey and/or mitigation/conservation licences for protected species (desirable).
  • Attention to detail and the ability to manage projects, resources, programmes, and budgets effectively.
  • Personable with excellent written and verbal communication skills and the capability to engage a range of stakeholders on ecology/biodiversity matters.
  • Practical and pragmatic approach in delivering ecological solutions.
  • Ambition and capability to encourage innovation and digital services throughout the business
  • Willingness to travel across the UK and stay away from home for short periods when required.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, managing competing priorities and expectations of contract/project management teams.
  • Experience of training, mentoring, developing, and/or managing direct reports/other colleagues (desirable).

About The Company

At Milestone we embrace diversity, opening a rich potential for new ways of thinking and helping us to build successful and winning teams. We would like you to perform at your best at every stage of our recruitment process; and as a Disability Confident employer, if you require any adjustments that would assist you throughout your application, please contact us at [email protected] or inform the recruitment manager in the first instance and we will be pleased to offer support.

This is an advert for our job vacancy, and therefore may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the role described, and may be amended at any time at the sole discretion of Milestone. The closing date for this vacancy may be subject to change any time at the sole discretion of the Business.