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Senior/Principal 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   Senior Level
Deadline   27/11/2023
Company Name   Hankinson Duckett Associates (HDA)
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Hankinson Duckett Associates (HDA) is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Senior/Principal Ecologist 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 1998 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 and a bonus scheme.  As an employee-owned trust, members of staff enjoy tax breaks on EOT bonuses. You would have ownership of your projects, proportionate to your skills and experience, supported by a talented team of senior and junior members of staff. We also actively offer and encourage training to develop your professional career.  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

  • Education to at least BSc level in a relevant discipline;
  • A true passion for wildlife and a good knowledge of British fauna and flora, with ability to carry out and co-ordinate surveys for a wide range of habitats and species;
  • Experience with preparation of Ecological Impact Assessments and Habitat Regulations Assessments for a variety of schemes;
  • Excellent report writing and communication skills;
  • Experience in the design and implementation of cost and time efficient mitigation strategies;
  • Experience in management of a diverse range of projects;
  • Thorough knowledge of nature conservation legislation, best practice guidance and understanding of the UK planning system;
  • A full driving licence and car ownership;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with ability to inspire and work well alongside colleagues, clients and consultees;
  • Ability to confidently advise clients and consultees on a wide range of ecological matters;
  • Ability to deliver projects on time and on budget; and
  • Hold or qualify for full membership of CIEEM.

Ideally, the successful candidate will have experience in ecological consultancy, including time at a senior level, and hold at least one licence to survey for European Protected Species (preferably bats and/or dormice) and have held Natural England mitigation licences.  A proven ability to win new clients and develop existing relationships would also be regarded as a distinct advantage. This is a full-time position but consideration would also be given to part-time working for the appropriate candidate.

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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