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Ecologist / Assistant Ecologist

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location   England (South East) - UK
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   27/11/2023
Company Name   Hankinson Duckett Associates (HDA)
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Hankinson Duckett Associates (HDA) is seeking enthusiastic Assistant Ecologists and Ecologists to join our friendly team within our continually growing practice.

About us

HDA is a team of ecologists, landscape architects and arboriculturalists who collaborate to ensure that the environment is at the forefront of development decisions.  We have a well-established national client base within both the private and public sectors, and our advice is sought at all stages of the planning, design and implementation process for a wide range of development types and environmental projects.  HDA was founded in 1997 and has recently become an employee-owned trust (EOT), meaning that HDA is managed for the benefit of its employees.

What we do

The work of our ecology team involves protected species and habitat surveys, ecological assessments (including Biodiversity Net Gain), and design and implementation of mitigation schemes, habitat creation and management works.  Within the wider practice we also carry out landscape assessment and design and provide arboricultural surveys and advice. For examples of the wide range of projects the successful applicants will be involved with, please see our website.

What we offer

In addition to working as part of our friendly and supportive team, we offer a wide package of benefits.  These include a competitive starting salary, flexible/hybrid working, additional payment for overtime and anti-social hours (Assistant Ecologist and Ecologist positions only) and a bonus scheme.  As an employee-owned trust, members of staff enjoy tax breaks on EOT bonuses.  We actively offer training and support to develop your professional career, including nurturing personal specialisms and qualification for protected species survey licences.  HDA is committed to Equal Opportunities for all.

Our pleasant, open plan offices are situated next to the River Thames in the grounds of Howbery Park www.howberypark.com surrounded by picturesque Oxfordshire towns and villages, yet within easy reach of the city of Oxford to the north, and Reading to the south, by car and public transport.

Applicants should demonstrate the following to a level appropriate to the position being applied for

  • Education to at least BSc/HND level in a relevant discipline;
  • A true passion for wildlife and a good knowledge of British fauna and flora;
  • Competence in Phase 1 habitat surveys (or UKHab) and a broad range of protected species surveys;
  • A full driving licence and car ownership;
  • Good report writing and communication skills;
  • Familiarity with the UK planning system and nature conservation legislation;
  • Competence in standard office software including MS Word, Excel etc; and
  • Hold or qualify for membership of CIEEM (Qualifying, ACIEEM or MCIEEM).

It would be advantageous for applicants to have previous experience in ecological consultancy, be familiar with GIS software, and hold a survey licence for at least one European Protected Species.

How to apply

Please apply by email with your CV to Adrian Meurer at: am@hda-enviro.co.uk. The closing date for applications is Monday 27 November 2023.




The Stables, Howbery Park, Wallingford, OX10 8BA

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