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Licenced Bat Consultant

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Location   England (London & Greater)
Town/City   We welcome applicants located within commuting distance of our London....
Salary   Competitive package
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   15/01/2021
Company Name   The Environment Partnership (TEP) Ltd
Contact Name   Krystle Smith
Email   recruitment@tep.uk.com
Website   Further Details / Applications
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TEP is an award-winning multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy employing ecologists, landscape architects, environmental planners, and urban designers, landscape managers, arboriculturists, heritage specialists and other professionals working on a wide-ranging portfolio.  TEP is run by 7 Directors and employs around 150 professional and technical staff.  TEP’s head office is in Warrington, with offices in London, Market Harborough, Gateshead and Cornwall.  TEP is passionate about creating quality places for the benefit of people, nature and business.

Our client base is very diverse and our work takes us across the British Isles.  Please look at our website http://www.tep.uk.com to see the breadth of our commissions.

Our workplace is a friendly and caring environment, we are professional but not corporate, guided by our values of being Honest, Supportive, Passionate, Forward-looking and Enterprising.  Our staff benefits include a generous company pension scheme, flexible working, life cover and income protection, professional subscription payment, fantastic on the job and external training opportunities and study leave, CSR volunteering, an employee helpline with access to medical support and regular social events including a great annual party!

TEP is a CIEEM Registered Practice demonstrating our commitment to high professional standards and delivery of the best outcomes for biodiversity. 

The Opportunity

TEP are looking for an experienced ecologist and licenced bat consultant to manage a variety of ecological survey and assessment projects.  The successful candidate will be given the opportunity to contribute to and lead on high-profile projects.  This position would appeal to someone with at least four years’ relevant consultancy experience with a range of survey skills and knowledge of ecology in the planning system.  This is a full time (37.5 hrs per week) position but we will also consider reduced working hours. 

You will sit within our ecology team which includes over 40 in-house ecologists supported by a network of trusted sub consultants.  Our ecologists are a close-knit team, promoting knowledge sharing and support.  We have a strong focus on continual development providing informal and structured training and encouraging staff to progress through the CIEEM membership levels and to obtain Chartered status.

You will work alongside colleagues from other environmental professions including landscape designers, arborists, planners, archaeologists and landscape managers.  This is a permanent position offering you the opportunity to grow in your ecological career.

We welcome applicants located within commuting distance of our London, Market Harborough or Warrington office.  You will typically be assigned projects within your region but you will need to travel to projects across England, Wales and Scotland.  Occasional travel to other TEP offices will also be required.  For the right candidate we will consider home working if based in South East England. 

The Role and Requirements

You will hold a Natural England Class 2 Bat Licence (we may consider candidates who hold a Class 1 licence and are working towards Class 2 or candidates who hold an NRW licence and are eligible for a Natural England licence).  Experience holding EPS mitigation licences for bats is desirable.  You will have experience of designing, pricing and implementing bat surveys and be confident advising others on the requirement for bat surveys on their projects. 

You will actively manage a wide range of field surveys and will be responsible for ensuring the advice and recommendations resulting from these surveys are communicated effectively to clients through written reports and verbal communication.  Many of our clients appreciate us helping them through the planning and licensing processes, so experience of advising clients is required.

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate:

  • Self-management skills, overseeing a busy and varied workload, supervising field staff and co-ordinating project work with other professionals in TEP;
  • Attention to detail and accuracy, particularly in respect of quality assurance, delivery of contracts on time and within budget;
  • Checking the quality of work produced by others;
  • High levels of written and verbal communication; and
  • Experience of contributing to meetings with clients and design teams.

Person Specification


  • Degree in relevant ecology discipline
  • Natural England survey licence for bats (Level 2 licence preferred however we may consider candidates who hold a Class 1 licence and are working towards Class 2 or candidates who hold an NRW licence and are eligible for a Natural England licence)
  • Membership of CIEEM (Full membership or eligibility for full membership preferred)
  • Proven success in project management and service delivery gained while working in a consultancy environment on development projects
  • Experience managing the input of others to meet deadlines and delivery, good quality outputs within budgets
  • Ability to produce clear, concise and well-written reports
  • Ability to prioritise and manage workload, work to deadlines and prioritise competing requirements
  • Strong communication skills and able to work as part of a team as well as independently
  • Experience of liaising and negotiating with clients, local authorities and stakeholders and in developing good working relationships
  • Valid UK Driving Licence


  • Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue Qualification
  • Proficiency in Phase 1 habitat survey
  • Other protected species licences
  • Track record of providing ecology input to EIA and/or HRA processes
  • Working knowledge of biodiversity net gain and the Defra metric 2.0
  • Chartered Environmentalist or Chartered Ecologist status
  • Higher-level degree or doctorate in ecology

TEP Values

As an environmental consultancy, TEP has a particular responsibility to help shape a sustainable and equitable environment for life in the 21st century and beyond. TEP’s work is underpinned by its shared values. In short, TEP aims to be:

  • Honest: We keep our promises and are accountable and transparent to our staff, clients and suppliers;
  • Supportive: We are courteous and respectful to each other, to our clients and to the communities where we work.  We want to be the best we can, diverse and inclusive, and stand against all forms of prejudice;
  • Passionate: We work to create and manage places which benefit society, enhance biodiversity and celebrate heritage;
  • Forward-looking: We invest in our future by continually improving our skills and services and keeping abreast of latest thinking.  We maintain profitability to allow us to invest in our future;
  • Enterprising: We collaborate with our clients and stakeholders to provide high quality, sustainable, pragmatic and creative solutions; and
  • Responsible: We respect and consider the aspirations of the communities and the environments in which we work.


TEP takes its responsibility as an employer extremely seriously and with regards to the Covid-19 situation we have put in place a Risk Assessment and Procedure to ensure our staff are safe and well. TEP is currently following the government guidelines in terms of working practices and our staff are continuing to work at home were possible.  This position along with all other matters related to Covid-19 are under regular review by our company Directors. 

It is anticipated that the successful candidate for this position will be required to work from home until government guidance and subsequent TEP policies change.  

We fully appreciate Covid-19 presents a number of challenges and we acknowledge that you may have questions on this topic. During interview we will provide further details on the Covid-19 situation and provide you with an opportunity to discuss any such matters.  

Given the current situation, and in line with Government advice, interviews for this position will be conducted via video conference call.

Equal Opportunities

TEP is an equal opportunities employer.  We actively value diversity and this is reflected in our Equality and Respect policy which is applied in recruitment, induction and promotion.  We have been an Investor in People since 2002 and rose to Gold Standard in 2011.  We take our social responsibilities seriously, contributing staff time to local and environmental charities on a regular basis. 

As a Disability Confident Committed employer, we will guarantee an interview for all disabled candidates meeting the eligibility criteria.

To Apply

Please send your completed application declaration form and CV to recruitment@tep.uk.com

Closing Date

Closing date for receipt of applications is midday on 15th January 2021

Please Note

We are only able to consider candidates already eligible to work in the UK.

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