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Head of Ecology

Posted on Mar 3, 2020 by Dalcour Maclaren

Cheshire, United Kingdom
Immediate Start
Annual Salary


Are you an experienced Ecologist looking for a new challenge? This is a great opportunity for an ambitious Ecologist to assist in the continued development of the Environment and Planning team.

You'll currently be an experienced Ecologist with a sound understanding of protected species and familiar with negotiating with Statuary Undertakers to facilitate development in sensitive areas.

Dalcour Maclaren is a growing business that has been placed in "The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to work for". A career with us brings great opportunities to work with blue chip clients and leading organisations in their sectors.

Our expertise is highly sought after in national cross-country projects, management, acquisitions, route feasibility, compulsory purchase, negotiation of compensation claims and environmental planning.

Building on our success, Dalcour Maclaren has expanded the suite of services to clients with complementary services of Environment and Planning. This service area provides specialist, technical expertise to clients for their utility and built development projects.


Our Environment and Planning team is growing, and this is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Ecologist to support this developing, expanding business area and to work on a wide variety of projects. Project work will vary from high-profile infrastructure projects across the UK, through to built development residential and mixed-use schemes.

You'll work with internal and external teams liaising with clients, Natural England, County Ecologists, Local Authority planning officers, and stakeholders whilst working on a wide range of utility and built development projects.

You'll input into development and design proposals, including masterplanning and construction methodologies, assisting with gaining the necessary consents and licenses in order to deliver medium / large scale infrastructure, energy, residential and commercial projects.

You'll offer Ecological advice and provide innovative mitigation solutions enhancement consideration across a range of sites and schemes with varying levels of Environmental and Ecological sensitivities, including National and European designations.

You'll advise on ecological site constraints and advise on solutions/mitigation measures and have a commercial awareness on delivery and viability of projects. You'll provide ecological support to our client's team, to inform licence applications, and be the technical lead for ecological surveys.


You may have some experience working within a consultancy environment, public sector or conservation body delivering projects for utility and / or built development.

You'll have a number of years of experience of working as an ecologist assessing ecological impacts and providing mitigation solutions, . You'll have a good knowledge of legislation and policy requirements associated with Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Protection Areas (SPA) and other relevant designations.

You'll be familiar with GIS systems and understand environmental technical disciplines at a high level allowing you to coordinate and project manage their input into the delivery of the project.

You'll work as part of a team of specialists and you'll have great written and verbal communication skills with the ability to work closely with internal and external stakeholders.

You'll hold a degree in an environmental related discipline and may be a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environment Management (CIEEM) or an equivalent organisation.

You'll be office based, but be expected to travel to meetings, client offices and inspect site works, therefore a full driving licence is required.


You'll be joining a growing business with ambitious growth plans that encourages personal and professional development. You'll find the opportunities to further your career with a fantastic team, along with excellent benefits including competitive pension plan and bonus scheme. Make Dalcour Maclaren the perfect place to continue your journey.


Location: 4 Bredon Court, Brockeridge Court, Twyning, Tewkesbury, GL20 6FF OR

The East Wing The Quadrangle Crewe Hall, Crewe CW1 6UY.

Salary: Competitive with Excellent Benefits including Car Allowance, Annual Bonus, Pension, Private Healthcare, and Professional Development

Dalcour Maclaren is committed to equal opportunities for all.

Dalcour Maclaren considers that this role does not meet the criteria to be considered within the Home Office Shortage Occupation List. Therefore, Dalcour Maclaren will not support an application for visa sponsorship and all applicants for this role must have an unrestricted right to work for an indefinite period in the UK.

Reference: 848407098

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