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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 Past 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
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Various Ecologist Roles
Range of career levels:
- Ecologist
- Senior Ecologist
- Technical Director

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Secondment Opportunity
Senior Ecologist
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Ecology Team Administrator
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Opportunities for Ecologists

We have a number of vacancies available for Ecologists at various career stages, both based in our offices near or seconded (full or part time) into various projects with clients in the south west and Midlands.

Technical Director / Associate Director
We are looking for a technical guru to take on this role, which will involve a partial secondment into a major client’s offices in Birmingham
Principal / Senior Ecologists
These roles involve fieldwork, project management, SHEQ, and secondment opportunities
These roles involve fieldwork, project management and secondment opportunities

For more information on these roles please get in touch by completing our contact form or calling the office on 0330 223 1074.


Senior Ecologist - Birmingham

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.


Ecology Team Administrator

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an Ecology Team Administrator to join the team at our Stonehouse Office in Gloucestershire. The purposes of this role are to provide key administrative support for our large infrastructure projects and to provide logistical support to the ecology team.

Key responsibilities will include:

Primary duties:

Managing the collection and submission of timesheet and expense data from our suppliers working on large projects.
Acting as a link between the operations team and the commercial team for project related matters.
Alongside members of the project teams, coordinating the work of the administrative assistant.
Supporting colleagues to develop and improve administration processes.
Acting as the first contact for phone and email enquiries that don’t go to a specific person.
Managing staff travel arrangements such as accommodation bookings, rail ticket, hire cars etc.

Additional Duties:

Acting as main liaison with the Bond’s Mill estate manager and disseminating key information.
Running the administrative account for the conference call system and supporting staff where necessary.
Managing office supplies (all offices, in liaison with local staff) and incoming/outgoing post (Bond’s Mill).
Supporting the Health and Safety Director to ensure safe working environments.
Liaising with central RSK functions to ensure local access to key documentation, such as insurance certificates.
Providing administrative and logistic support for the wider ecology team in consultation with line management.
Supporting the project teams with scheduling our network of suppliers to work on projects across the country.

Salary and benefits:

£ competitive salary
Contributory Pension Scheme
A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays and private health care
Regular training and career development

For more information please call Harriet Baker, HR Business Partner on 07725 790908 or email

We operate an open and relaxed management culture that nurtures continuous improvement and innovation. This also enables us to achieve a staff turnover rate that's consistently below the industry average. Adopting a proactive growth strategy helps us to run a sustainable and profitable business while providing new and exciting career opportunities for all.

As an entrepreneurial organisation, we encourage and foster the growth of our employees. When joining RSK, a mentor works with you to ensure you set and achieve your goals. We want to accelerate your professional development, including opportunities for a promotional fast track.

Further, retaining staff is the building block of a successful organisation. As a company, RSK wants to ensure you maintain a healthy work life balance, with many opportunities for flexible working hours, locality flexibility, social activities, and community involvement projects.

The company prides itself on providing its staff with a rewarding and challenging career, encouraging Continuous Professional Development, allowing employees to reach their full potential. Having been recently placed within the top10 UK environmental consultancies (Environmental Analyst, December 2017) and number 42 in the Sunday Times Fastrack 200 which rates the success of private companies in the UK, there has never been a more exciting time to join.

All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK/European Economic Area.

RSK is committed to our Corporate Responsibility strategy. We seek to minimise our impact on the environment; to engage positively with the community and education groups; to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to work; and to promote Corporate Responsibility throughout our supply chain.

RSK Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer

To apply please visit the RSK recruitment website: Apply Online


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