Jacobs Senior/Principal Ornithologist in Bristol, United Kingdom
At Jacobs, we'll inspire and empower you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow. With more than 55,000 people in 40+ countries, working at Jacobs offers an exciting range of opportunities to develop your career within a supportive and diverse team who always strive to do the right thing for our people, clients and communities.
People are Jacobs’ greatest asset, and we offer a competitive package to retain and attract the best talent.
In addition to the benefits you’d expect, UK employees also receive free single medical cover and digital GP service, family-friendly benefits such as enhanced parental leave pay and free membership of employee assistance and parental programmes, plus reimbursement towards relevant professional development and memberships. We also give back to our communities through our Collectively program which incorporates matched-funding, paid volunteering time and charitable donations.
Work-life balance and flexibility is a key focus area for Jacobs. We’re happy to discuss hybrid, part-time and flexible working hours, patterns and locations to suit you and our business.
About the Opportunity
Jacobs has an increasing portfolio of work across the UK and Ireland’s most high-profile projects and programmes. We are currently working across a range of sectors and projects including transport, water and energy for local, regional and national clients including government agencies, local authorities, utilities and energy companies.
We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior / Principal Ecologist with Ornithology expertise to join our award-winning ecology team, which is at the forefront of solving the world’s most complex environmental challenges and opportunities.
The successful person will join a respected and ambitious company with excellent career prospects both locally and internationally. You will work as part of a diverse and highly skilled team of over 170 ecologists in the UK (600 globally) and work with hydrologists, geomorphologists, engineers, planner and project managers to provide support and advice to our clients. You will ensure ecology input is considered by project teams, work as a first point of contact and, with the support of the wider team, provide high quality technical advice.
The role will include:
Working in multidisciplinary teams – quickly building rapport and trust to ensure that terrestrial ecology requirements are recognised, acknowledged and constraints acted upon.
Designing ecology monitoring programmes - develop survey programmes, lead and/or manage survey teams and be responsible for high quality data collection.
Using your experience as an ornithologist - to provide expert advice to clients (internal and external).
Leveraging your experience of national legislation - to support Environmental Impact Assessment and Habitats Regulation Appraisals etc.
Acting as a Health and Safety champion – contributing to the development and review of risk assessments and method statements.
Travel across the UK and Ireland to undertake site work – you will need a willingness to work in remote locations and, at times, stay away from home during the working week.
What’s more important though is your ability to think outside the box, provide constructive feedback and recognise opportunities to improve the way we do things for our clients.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
A background in terrestrial ecology with demonstrable experience as an ornithologist
Good bird identification skills, with an understanding of bird ecology and a range of generic and species-specific bird survey techniques
Membership of a professional body (or experience to obtain chartership)
An experienced ecology surveyor and a good field scientist.
Experience of carrying out impact assessments for wind farm developments, onshore and offshore is an advantage
Current and full driving licence
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