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Assistant Ecologist - Solihull - starting Feb/Mar 2018

Job Details

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  • Job Type:
    Industrial Placement
  • Closing Date:
    16 November 2017

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At Arup, we design and deliver ground-breaking icons through our work in infrastructure, building design and specialist technical services. Independent in ownership and spirit, we’re a global firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical experts who use our skills to make a positive difference in the world.

Our ecological staff possess a wide range of technical specialisms, and include botanists, ornithologists, and specialists in amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates.

We are frequently involved in consultation with both statutory and non-statutory bodies, including nature conservation organisations, in order to achieve the best outcome for our client and the environment.

We work on wide ranging types and scales of project in the UK and overseas minimising risks to programmes and costs, and improving the value of completed schemes.

Our ecology experts work as a team with specialists from a wide range of disciplines, including landscape architects, planners, other environmental specialists, engineers and project managers, to deliver sustainable and integrated design solutions.

About the role

Right now we’re looking for Assistant Ecologist to join our multi-disciplinary environment team in Solihull, initially for a 6 month contract starting in February/March, with the potential to join our Graduate scheme from September 2018 (for candidates with less than two years relevant work experience post-graduation). 

You will work within a wider ecology team to deliver an effective and professional service to a range of clients. Projects can vary in duration which helps to provide a diverse working environment. This is a varied role, and your day-to-day responsibilities could include the following:

  • Assisting with a variety of field survey work, such as Phase 1 Habitat surveys and protected species surveys including great crested newt, reptile, badger and bat surveys and assisting with related ecological mitigation work.
  • Data analysis of survey results, using various computer software ranging from Microsoft Excel through to GIS and other technical packages as appropriate
  • Preparation of clear and concise reports
  • Supporting internal and external clients
  • Preparation of bids and tenders as your experience develops
  • Planning your workload so that you can deliver on time or ahead of target
  • Ensuring compliance with Health & Safety and other regulations

Due to the nature of our work you will have the opportunity to gain a broad range of skills, and will develop over the course of your employment as you gain increased responsibility. Both commercial and technical training is available and encouraged as you gain more experience.

This is an opportunity to gain some great experience on challenging projects in the early stages of your career, with one of the UK’s leading environmental and multi-disciplinary consultancies.

What we look for

We expect our Assistant Ecologists to demonstrate drive to continuously improve their ecological knowledge and skills, and to be keen to learn about practical applications of ecology in order to deliver an excellent consultancy service to our clients. As such, we are looking for the following qualifications, skills and attributes in you:


  • Minimum of a Bachelors degree in a relevant subject is essential, such as Ecology, Zoology, Botany, Geography or Biology (or equivalent), at 2.1 or above (or equivalent)
  • A Masters qualification in a relevant discipline is advantageous, such as an MSc in Environmental Consultancy
  • A full driving licence is essential
  • Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) is desirable

Essential Skills

  • Experience of ecological field surveying (including experience gained in consultancy work and/or acquired through voluntary experience)
  • Sound understanding of ecological processes and application of the scientific method
  • Awareness of the principles of ecological survey, good practice guidelines and relevant nature conservation legislation
  • Understand the importance of EcIA and how it relates to development projects
  • Possess a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Be able to understand and respond to ever-changing workload priorities
  • Possess strong team working skills

Desirable Skills

  • Experience of surveying for UK habitats and species, with developing area of specialism.
  • Skills/ interest in botanical identification
  • Work or voluntary experience within the field of ecology or linked environmental profession
  • Active member of an ecological club or organisation such as BTO, BTCV, RSBP, local wildlife trust or bat group, or relevant university societies
  • Use of applied software, particularly GIS and of bat analysis software packages


  • Demonstrates a passion for ecology and an awareness of environmental issues
  • Be enthusiastic for a career in consultancy, underpinned through a knowledge and understanding of our sector and work
  • Be planned and organised in your approach to work and meeting deadlines
  • Be able to work on your own initiative and be proactive
  • Be keen to learn and develop as opportunities present themselves
  • Be flexible to the needs of the business, and prepared to work some evenings and work away from home, mostly during the summer months 


Additional Information

The deadline for applications is 16th November 2017.

Please note that we are unable to offer Tier 2 visa sponsorship for this role. Therefore you must ensure that you are eligible to work in the UK without our sponsorship in order for your application to be considered.

Date posted: 16/09/2017

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Blythe Gate, Blythe Valley Park, Solihull, England, B90 8AE
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