Posted on Feb 1, 2020 by Thomson Environmental Consultants
Fixed term contracts
Are you hard-working and practical with a professional work ethic? Do you love the outdoors, ecology and the environment? Are you looking for a fantastic opportunity which could take you to new and exciting locations all over the UK?
We have multiple opportunities for Assistant Ecologists to help support our terrestrial ecology teams throughout the UK. We are particularly keen to hear from those who hold a GCN or bat licence or are proactively working towards gaining their licence.
This is a great opportunity to learn some practical survey and mitigation techniques, in a range of species and habitats, as well as gaining experience of working in a busy independent environmental consultancy. Many of our previous assistant ecologists have gone on to secure full time permanent positions with us.
You'll need to be fully available from mid-March 2020 until the end of September (in the first instance), have a car, full UK driving licence and be willing to travel and stay away from home regularly. Accommodation and mileage will be paid for, and a generous subsistence allowance will be given when staying away from home. Ideally, you will be located within 1 hours commute from our offices in Birmingham, Cardiff, Guildford or Leeds or be willing to relocate. We are also interested to hear from applicants located in the Aylesbury and London areas.
If you have an ecological background but would prefer to be more office-based than traditional ecology roles, we may be able to accommodate you with an alternative role so please do get in touch!
Successful candidates will have
•a degree in ecology or a related field, or suitable relevant experience
•the right to work in the UK
•a valid driving licence and vehicle, insured for business use
•experience of ecological survey and mitigation work
•availability to attend mandatory training in advance of start date
•the ability to travel and stay away at survey sites in various locations around the country
•confidence to work independently, and as part of a team
•self-motivation with the ability to learn quickly.
Ideally, successful candidates will also have the following
•a protected species licence e.g. GCN, bat or dormouse
•membership to the Chartered Institute of Ecological and Environmental Management (CIEEM)
•a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card
•First Aid at Work certification.
Thomson Environmental Consultants are experts in environmental compliance. Our specialist teams have been advising our clients across various sectors, on how to achieve their objectives and meet required environmental compliance since 2004. We cover a breadth of specialisms and are always pragmatic with our advice. With offices in Cardiff, Birmingham, Guildford and Leeds, our teams assist with ecological advice, surveys and assessments, habitat design and creation, ecological contracting, invasive species management, freshwater and marine consultancy, arboriculture surveys, reports, consultancy and contracting, data management and mapping and last, but not least, marine laboratory services (invertebrates, fish and sediment analyses).
You'll be joining a happy, friendly, supportive workplace, guided by our values of Respect, Integrity, Support and Excellence.
You'll enjoy all the benefits we have to offer, including;
•5 weeks annual leave per year (pro rata)
•collaborative and supportive culture
•fantastic on-the-job training
•opportunities for career progression
•regular social events, including a Summer and Christmas party!
•paid mileage, travel & subsistence, whilst away from home
•discounted gym membership (location dependant)
•free parking (location dependant)
•cycle to work scheme
•discounted outdoor clothing
•fully stocked kitchen, including unlimited supply of biscuits, with the odd cake thrown in for good measure!
What can you expect from life at Thomson? Read some of our employee testimonials:
Thomson has given me the opportunities and support to allow me to develop my skills and competencies in ecology and consultancy.
It is a strange feeling being in a place where you're excited to go back to work on Monday, and that's because I love the team I work with.
I have been at Thomson seven years now and love it! I started in a very junior role and since then have continually been given the chance to prove myself, take on new roles and develop a career I really enjoy with great people!
Since joining Thomson in 2017 I have worked on a wide range of projects and have been on some excellent training courses, including a 5 day tree climbing and aerial rescue course. Thomson's collaborative culture and friendly office atmosphere makes for a great working environment.
Within my first year as an assistant ecologist at Thomson, I undertook bat, reptile, GCN, and phase 1 surveys for the company, on large and small scale projects. I thoroughly enjoyed my first survey season with Thomson, they provided good training and are committed to your personal development within the company and as an ecologist.
Please apply as soon as possible with your CV and a convincing covering letter outlining your suitability for the role (max 500 words) to
Please confirm your preferred office: Birmingham, Cardiff, Guildford or Leeds, as well as your current address. Interviews will be held throughout February and early March.