Jacobs Senior or Principal Ecologist in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Senior or Principal Ecologist


Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and consultancy services for industrial, commercial and government organisations globally.

With more than 77,000 people globally, our teams collaborate, innovate and create. Our people are proud to have been behind some of the greatest consultancy and engineering feats over the past 70 years.

We foster a collaborative and inclusive environment for our people, and our partners, and we want you to be a part of our growing business.

To meet our growing UK business needs and future development aspirations we are looking for aSenior or Principal Ecologist in our Glasgow or Edinburgh offices.

We are part of Jacobs’ approximately 180-strong UK ecology team, one of the UK’s largest, most dynamic and respected ecology teams. The team delivers surveys, impact assessments and Habitats Regulations Appraisals for high profile infrastructure projects.

Based in a location that gives you ready access to the Scottish outdoors, this is an excellent opportunity to develop experience in a growing team, working on some of the largest infrastructure projects in Scottish history. There are opportunities for the right candidate to progress their career quickly.The successful person will become part of a respected and ambitious company with excellent career prospects and international opportunities.

The size and diversity of our team means you’ll get 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’re looking for the most talented and passionate ecologists and field biologists to be our next generation of leaders.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting the Scottish & UK ecology teams in project delivery

  • Planning, resourcing and leading ecological field surveys

  • Producing quality assured ecology deliverables such as EcIAs, Species Protection Plans, Preliminary Ecological Appraisal Reports

  • Mentoring junior staff

  • Supporting business development activities



  • An honours degree in ecology or closely related field

  • Surveying and proven ability in the UK regulatory framework including protected species – licensing; and Extended Phase 1 habitat survey

  • Full member of CIEEM with CEnv/CEcol or eligibility for full membership/chartership

  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills

  • Demonstrable knowledge of either EcIA or producing EPS license applications

  • Capable of organising and developing your work with minimal supervision

  • Full current UK driving license


  • Postgraduate degree

  • An ecological specialism

  • Working knowledge of the Habitats Directive 1992 (as amended)

  • Proven ability of working closely with other environmental specialists

  • Project and/or budget management

  • Proven ability as ECoW

  • Protected species license(s).

  • GIS skills

  • A CSCS card

Our Culture

At Jacobs we have recently celebrated 10 years of our culture of caring - ‘ BeyondZero ’.We see safety differently - we strive to go BeyondZero by putting the health, safety and well-being of our employees first in everything we do.

We are committed to equality across our business and we promote STEM and WISE (Women in Science & Engineering)initiatives. When you join Jacobs you will have access to a wide range of Global Networks, centred oninclusion and diversity. To find out more about our networks, check out our website:


We encourage applications from candidates looking for flexible working or reduced hours’ contracts.

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.

JACOBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all.

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Primary Location United Kingdom-United Kingdom Countrywide-Edinburgh

Req ID: BIA0002TE