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Jacobs Senior Ecologist (North/Scotland) in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Your Impact:

Grow your Jacobs career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed.

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 Ecologist to join our award-winning ecology team, which is at the forefront of solving the world’s most complex environmental challenges and opportunities.

As well as being part of one the UK’s largest most dynamic and respected ecology teams, you will work with some of the UKs most respected organisations and be contributing to some of the largest, complex projects in the UK.

We are particularly interested in hearing from people with demonstrable skills and experience encompassing some or all of the following:

  • Innovative scoping and execution of field surveys and data analysis

  • Survey planning and leadership

  • Technical specialism in the field of terrestrial ecology

  • Technical reporting and impact assessment in cognisance of national legislation and guidance

  • Effective stakeholder and regulator engagement

  • Infrastructure programmes and projects

  • Transport, energy, utilities and other environmentally sensitive schemes

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.

Wherever you are based, we understand that pursuing a new opportunity is a big decision, so we’re not asking for a commitment right now. Instead, why not simply register to start a discussion and see where it goes?


About you:

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:

  • Using your experience – in protected species survey, ecological clerk of works, Environmental Impact Assessment, Habitats Regulations Assessment. We are particularly keen to meet those with expertise in botany, ornithology and bats.

  • Working in multidisciplinary teams – quickly building rapport and trust to ensure that terrestrial ecology requirements are recognised, acknowledged and constraints acted upon.

  • Designing ecological monitoring programmes - develop survey programmes, lead and/or manage survey teams and be responsible for high quality data collection.

  • Using your experience in a taxonomic discipline - to provide expert advice to clients (internal and external).

  • Acting as a Health and Safety champion – contributing to the development and review of risk assessments and method statements.

  • A willingness to both learn from and mentor others – develop and share skills that build team and individual resilience. This will include engagement with our global communities of practice, externally facing communications (conferences, presentations, client meetings) and training events.

  • Travel across the UK and Ireland to lead site work – you will need a willingness to work in remote locations and, at times, stay away from home during the working week.

Why Jacobs?

Our technical team

Jacobs are a globally respected and ambitious organisation, ranked #1 UK Environmental Consultancy by Environment Analyst in 2021 (Working with Government & Agencies, Impact Assessment Services , Water Quality and Resource Management), ranked #2 in the UK for Ecology and Wildlife Services by Environment Analyst, and winner of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management’s large consultancy of the year award in 2021.

Your development

The successful person will join a respected and ambitious company with excellent career prospects both locally and internationally. We actively support the professional development of staff, through our Global Career Framework, Chartership Academy Programme, Employee Networks and our Community of Practice networks, which connect us to over 600 Jacobs ecologists globally.

Our culture:

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. Find out more about life at Jacobs (https://careers.jacobs.com/life-at-jacobs) .

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. Our wide range of Global Employee Networks centred on inclusion and diversity – ACE, Careers, Enlace, Harambee, OneWorld, Prism, Vetnet, and Women’s – find out more about our employee networks here (https://www.jacobs.com/about/inclusion-and-diversity?_ga=2.1062705.1096535124.1626879887-1704311048.1575562676) .

Jacobs partners with VERCIDA to help us attract and retain diverse talent. For greater online accessibility please visit www.vercida.com 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 require further support or reasonable adjustments with regards to the recruitment process (for example, you require the application form in a different format), please contact the team (https://www.jacobs.com/contact/careers2).

Our benefits

  • 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.

  • Jacobs will provide opportunities for you to continue to your own development both professionally and personally. In addition, Jacobs provides our people with the flexible working approach they need, to more easily manage their commitments and responsibilities and achieve a better professional and personal balance.

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.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • A background in terrestrial ecology with previous industry experience

  • Outstanding written and verbal skills with good attention to detail

  • Membership of a relevant professional body (or experience to obtain membership)

  • Experienced in running surveys on medium-large scale projects

  • Outstanding written and verbal skills with good attention to detail

  • Experience in quality assurance of colleagues’ work

  • High level of personal responsibility.

  • The willingness to embrace and grasp complex subjects quickly

  • Inquisitiveness and willingness to learn

  • A ‘hands on’ work ethic and good self-awareness

  • Current and full driving licence

Additional Information

We are looking for candidates to register their interest with Jacobs with a CV and Cover Letter.