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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

Senior Ecologist
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Project Administration Assistants
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Senior Ecologist - Birmingham

Senior Ecologist

We are looking to recruit a Senior Ecologist to work full time in our client's offices in Birmingham, working on a large infrastructure project. This is an opportunity to gain experience in the management of key ecological works on a nationally important project.

The position is 12 months fixed term and full time. It could be undertaken as a secondment or employed by Biocensus.
The role is to act as a bat survey lead within our client’s project team.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Oversee and manage bat survey work on the project
  • Carry out assurance and technical review of bat survey outputs
  • Use a range of data sources to determine where bat surveys are required for emergence/re-entry surveys, and transect surveys
  • Provide support and guidance to ensure contractor compliance with consents and licences
  • Co-operate in all matters relating to health and safety, including following safe working procedures at all times
  • You will be expected to actively promote and embed Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work, and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI

The successful candidate will have:

  • A degree in a relevant subject as a minimum
  • A high level of ecological knowledge, experience, understanding and application
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience of delivering successful bat survey programmes for development schemes, preferably large infrastructure projects
  • A bat licence
  • Broad knowledge of the ecological issues and environmental management
  • Experience in reporting on all ecology matters to a high standard
  • Demonstrable ability to work effectively in a changing, high profile environment and deliver to tight timescales
  • Full membership of CIEEM and a full driving licence.

Salary: £40,000 - £45,000 per year dependent on experience.

Contract Type: Fixed term; full time. Option of contracted secondment or employment.

Application Process

For an informal discussion about working with Biocensus, please contact Gavin Wilson: (office tel. 0330 223 1074)

To apply, please complete the application form below.

Deadline for applications: 11 January 2019
To apply, please complete the form below.

Project Administrative Assistants

We are looking to recruit two Projects Administration Assistants to join our growing team in Stonehouse. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team in a rapidly growing company.

The positions are full time and fixed term for a period of 7-8 months, dependent on start date. The role is to provide key administrative support for our large infrastructure projects during the peak season for ecology surveys. We are looking for someone who will relish the opportunity to work in a busy environment and develop good relationships with our teams of subcontractors. The job will be office-based, and will involve working on fast-moving and dynamic, nationally significant projects.

Key responsibilities will include: 

  • The collection and processing of timesheet and expense data from our suppliers working on large projects.
  • Timely submission of time and expense data to our clients.
  • Being first point of contact for suppliers and clients in relation to timesheet and expense queries.
  • Providing project teams with administrative support to work with our network of suppliers working on projects across the country.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be highly organised, IT literate and experienced in using common MS office software packages, particularly Excel.
  • Be conscientious and have excellent attention to detail
  • Be a strong communicator
  • Be able to work under pressure and quickly adapt to changing work requirements


  • Basic finance administration experience
  • Experience of working on large projects
  • Experience of working with people who work on remote sites

Salary: £18,000 - £20,000 per annuum
Contract Type: Fixed term; full time/part time/flexible working arrangements considered.

Application Process
Please complete the form below and attach your CV.
The deadline for applications is 9am on Friday 1st March.
Interviews will take place in the week commencing 4th March.

For an informal discussion about these roles please contact Lisa Thrower: (office tel. 0330 223 1074)

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