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Biocensus – providing ecologists to the UK construction industry;
from a single expert to a 100 strong field team.

About Biocensus

Biocensus has a growing in-house team, based in beautiful offices in Bath and Stroud. Our business model is based on utilising the skills of a network of over 500 expert ecologists around the country, to provide high quality surveys and advice, managed and quality assured by experienced in-house people. We believe this has great benefits: our ecology fieldwork is carried out by experienced people, who live near the sites so we minimise our carbon footprint whilst maximising local knowledge, and our outputs are overseen by amongst the most experienced people in the industry.
We work on a wide range of projects, from the very small – perhaps ecology advice for a single dwelling development – to the largest, such as High Speed 2 and other large infrastructure projects.
Our flexible model of in-house rigour and pragmatism, and our extensive, quality-assured network of experts allow us to respond rapidly to the needs of our clients, whatever their requirements. Recent rapid growth in both our smaller-scale, technical advisory work, and the deployment of large teams of ecologists on the country’s largest infrastructure projects, mean that we now need to expand our in-house team.
We want the brightest and best people in the sector to come and join us, to help us manage the many challenges associated with our growing business. We are now recruiting in-house for Principal and Senior Ecologists to manage and deliver our growing portfolio of projects, and Survey Coordinators to assist in the day-to-day management of our sub-contractor teams. Additionally we currently have several exciting secondment opportunities available. We are always interested in hearing from talented individuals who are interested in joining our team. We strongly believe in the principles of supporting and developing our staff, and we strive to give every opportunity for career progression in-house, and in terms of CPD training.
We are also strong believers in the application of sound scientific and ecological principles in the work that we do. The Chair of our Board, Dr. Stephanie Wray is the President of CIEEM, and our Managing Director, Dr Tim Hounsome, is on CIEEM’s Advisory Board.

If you would be interested in being part of our team then further details including job specifications and how to apply can be found below:

Current Job Opportunities

Principal Ecologist
STONEHOUSE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Permanent, Full-time

Senior Ecologist
STONEHOUSE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Permanent, Full-time

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Principal Ecologist

Principal Ecologist

 This is an exciting opportunity to join a young, dynamic and fun team in a rapidly growing company, based at our new Stonehouse office.

The position primarily involves the management of our work on large infra-structure projects, but with an opportunity to lead on many of our other projects, providing ecological survey and advice to a range of clients.  The job will be mainly office based but with opportunities to contribute to fieldwork when necessary.

The Principal Ecologist will be responsible for:

  • Managing our work on national infrastructure projects
  • Liaising with clients, and our network of ecologist contractors.
  • Working to constantly drive up our quality standards, from fieldwork and data to reports produced by our ecologists.
  • Managing, training and mentoring junior ecologists
  • Preparing fee proposals
  • Managing projects, carrying out fieldwork and writing reports.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be a Full member of the CIEEM, or a Chartered Ecologist.
  • Have over 10 years’ experience in professional ecological consultancy
  • Have a proven track record in ecological consultancy such that they can foster strong relationships with our clients, and quality assure the fieldwork and written work carried out by our ecologists
  • Have broad experience of survey work across a range of habitats and taxa.
  • Be an experienced project manager
  • Be a strong communicator
  • Have an ability to work under pressure and be able to quickly adapt to changing requirements
  • Be competent in common software packages such as MS office, QGIS or similar
  • Have excellent report writing skills
  • Have attention to detail
  • Have a full UK driving licence.

Desirable:

  • Have proven experience in botanical surveys
  • Have held an EPS mitigation licence
  • Hold CSCS card, and have proven experience of construction site working
  • Have experience of training, mentoring and managing junior staff
  • Be a Chartered Ecologist
  • Be commercially aware and have a passion to help grow our company
  • Be “accomplished” level in at least one taxa according to CIEEM Competency Framework

Salary: £38-48K

Contract type: Permanent; full time (part time/flexible working arrangements considered).

 Application Process

For an informal discussion about working with Biocensus, please contact Gavin Wilson: gavin.wilson@biocensus.co.uk (office tel. 0330 223 1074)

To apply, please complete the application form below.

The closing date is 9am on Monday 26 November. Interviews will be held week commencing 10 December.


Senior Ecologist

Senior Ecologist

This is an exciting opportunity to join a young, dynamic and fun team in a rapidly growing company, based at our new Stonehouse office.

The position primarily involves the management of ecology projects, production and review of technical reports, and liaising with our clients and subcontractors. The job will be mainly office based, but with regular fieldwork opportunities.

The Senior Ecologist will be responsible for:

  • Managing ecological consultancy projects
  • Communicating with clients
  • Preparing technical documents, for example PEA reports and EPS licence applications
  • Assuring the quality of fieldwork, data and reports produced by our ecologists
  • Leading ecological field surveys
  • Contributing to fee proposals
  • Training and mentoring junior ecologists

The successful candidate will:

  • Have over 5 years of experience in ecological consultancy
  • Have proven experience in undertaking Phase 1 surveys
  • Have proven experience in ecological survey work across a range of habitats and taxa
  • Have proven experience in project management
  • Have excellent report writing skills
  • Have a good understanding of clients’ needs
  • Be a good communicator and have a strong team ethic.
  • Be a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management
  • Be competent in common software packages such as MS Office, QGIS or similar
  • Be conscientious, and have an eye for detail
  • Hold a full UK driving licence

Desirable:

  • Have proven experience in botanical surveys
  • Have held an EPS mitigation licence
  • Hold CSCS card, and have proven experience of construction site working
  • Have experience of training, mentoring and managing junior staff
  • Be a Chartered Ecologist
  • Be commercially aware and have a passion to help grow our company
  • Be “accomplished” level in at least one taxa according to CIEEM Competency Framework

Salary: £28-38K

Contract type: Permanent; full time (part time/flexible working arrangements considered).

Application Process

For an informal discussion about working with Biocensus, please contact Gavin Wilson: gavin.wilson@biocensus.co.uk (office tel. 0330 223 1074)

To apply, please complete the application form below.

The closing date is 9am on Monday 26 November. Interviews will be held week commencing 10 December.

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