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Jacobs Senior Ecologist (Dublin) in Dublin, Ireland

Your Impact:

Our Water, Energy and Environment group provides a focus for advising our clients on sustainability issues including renewable energy, low carbon economies, impacts of climate change and waste and resource management. Our environmental capabilities comprise over a 2000 staff across Ireland and the UK, providing services over the spectrum of environmental specialisms.

To meet our growing business needs and future development aspirations, we are looking for a Senior Ecologist to join our growing Dublin Team. It will be possible for the successful candidate to be based in in either our Dublin office (Merrion House) or our Cork office with the potential for working at home considered. The successful person will become part of a respected and ambitious company with excellent career prospects and international opportunities. Our ecologists provide specialist advice for the full range of projects undertaken by Jacobs and are currently working on a range of diverse, high profile projects mainly within Ireland but also in the UK.

Reaching back to the UK, our ecology team is currently over one hundred strong which means technical as well as career mentoring to ensure your continued professional development. At Jacobs we provide the resources to turn great ideas into reality, and we are looking for the most talented and passionate ecologists and field biologists to be our next generation of leaders.

Primary Job Responsibilities

As a Senior Ecologist you will be working on a wide range of projects, including a number of high-profile international infrastructure developments. You will work as part of a team, leading and delivering on a range of projects for a variety of clients.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in Ecological project management, have a detailed understanding of relevant legislation and survey procedures, and be able to demonstrate the ability to undertake robust environmental impact assessments. The successful candidate would have a degree as a minimum and five to ten years’ consultancy experience in delivering EcIA and Appropriate Assessment in Ireland or the UK. The candidate should have a record of technical reporting and a proven track record in business development.

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing delivery of projects, including the coordination of resources

  • Developing and authoring AA, EcIA and other technical reports

  • Liaising with clients and regulators

  • Leading and supporting business development initiatives

  • Supporting the national team of ecologists working on a variety of projects.

  • Mentoring junior staff.

Where field work is required candidates must have a flexible approach to working hours to accommodate seasonality and survey time constraints. Jacobs has a strong record regarding duty of care to employees and as such you will not be expected to work unreasonably long days and we do not permit lone working.


Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Degree in a related discipline.

  • A minimum of five years of professional experience with a proven track record of authoring AA Screening reports, Natura Impact Statements at both plan and project level, technical reports and EcIAs for major infrastructure projects in Ireland.

  • Full CIEEM membership or similar.

  • A terrestrial or aquatic specialism.

  • Ability to undertake habitat surveys and mapping in line with Fossitt.

  • Proven ability to design appropriate monitoring programmes and management of survey logistics and teams.

  • Experience of mitigation design and assessment.

  • Detailed understanding of relevant legislation, particularly in Irish and European legislation and case law.

  • Scientific approach to, and experience of, sampling design and data analysis.

  • Ability to write clear and concise reports.

  • Experience of consultation with regulators and scientific community.

  • Experience of mentoring or training junior staff.

  • Full current Irish driving licence.


  • Protected species licence(s).

  • Habitat assessment/classification in line with Irish Vegetation Classification (IVC)/ National Vegetation Classification (NVC).

  • Masters/post graduate qualification in a related discipline.

  • Expert Witness experience.

  • Chartered.

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) experience.

Why Jacobs?

We clear the way for inventive thinking so you have the support, means and space to deliver the boldest solutions for the extraordinary and every day. Jacobs. A world where you can.

We clear the way for inventive thinking, so you have the support, means and space to deliver the boldest solutions for the extraordinary and every day. Jacobs. A world where you can.

Our Culture:

We’re invested in you and your success. Our values stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity. We put people at the heart of our business and we truly believe that by supporting one another through our culture of caring, we all succeed. We value positive mental health and a sense of belonging for all employees.

We aim to make inclusion and diversity core attributes of our identity, embedded in all our employment and business practices in all locations. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative.

Jacobs partners with VERCIDA to help us attract and retain diverse talent. For greater online accessibility please visit www.vercida.com/uk to view and access our roles.

As a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy. We welcome applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working and from those who may not meet all the listed requirements for a role.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact the team here (https://www.jacobs.com/contact/careers2) .

Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.