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Job: Senior ecologist (bat specialist)

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Saturday, 18 March 2017 18:38

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We are looking for a skilled and licensed bat ecologist to join us in the Dorset/Hants area. Salary up to £30k, possibly more. Starting ASAP/April. CGO Ecology is a consultancy with a small team of staff, and a wide network of subcontractors and associates. A range of ecological expertise and licences would be a bonus.


The position is home-based (Dorset/Hants area), and involves travelling to jobs within the local area, but also more widely, sometimes with overnight stays. You would coordinate and conduct surveys and mitigation for bats and other protected species, write reports and licence applications, and deal effectively with clients, colleagues and stakeholders. You would need excellent written and verbal communication skills, be physically able, and prepared to work flexible and often unsociable hours with a flexi-time/TOIL system. You would need to be a pragmatic self-starter, who uses their initiative to resolve problems.

soprano pipistrelle Evgeniy Yakhontov creative commonsEssential experience/skills

·      Bat survey licence (at least CL17 level 2), and experience writing bat mitigation licences.

·      Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys/PEA, botanical knowledge.

·      Licence and/or significant experience in at least one of the following: badger, barn owl, breeding birds, dormouse, GCN, invertebrates, NVC botanical surveys, otter, reptiles, water vole.

·      Full driving licence, access to own vehicle.

·      Excellent written and spoken English.

·      Degree-level education, or equivalent in professional experience and training.

·      Highly computer-literate, including MS Office.

·      At least two years in the consultancy sector.

Desirable (non-essential) experience/skills

·      Significant experience in several of the following: badger, barn owl, breeding birds, dormouse, GCN, invertebrates, NVC botanical surveys, otter, reptiles, water vole, white-clawed crayfish.

·      Significant experience of BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes/HQM assessments.

·      Degree-level education, or equivalent in professional experience and training.

·      Competent in GIS and/or CAD software.

·      At least five years in the consultancy sector.

·      Full or Assoc member, or eligible for membership, of CIEEM.

·      Higher degree.

·      Tree-climbing, chainsaw and/or brushcutter qualifications.

·      A range of professional employment demonstrating breadth of character.


Salary up to £30k, possibly higher for the right candidate. Working week 40 hours with a flexi-time/TOIL system. We reimburse reasonable expenses at cost, and mileage at 45p. We provide relevant PPE and survey equipment, pension, regular CPD/training, 24 days’ discretionary leave plus statutory holidays. We operate an Equal Opportunities policy.


To apply, send a brief email to Chris Gleed-Owen This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , attaching a CV focusing on relevant experience, licences and qualifications. The post will be advertised until filled, and is likely to start in April 2017. Agencies need not apply.

Photo credits: Soprano pipistrelle by Evgeniy Yakhontov (via Creative Commons); oak tree by Chris Gleed-Owen


"We applied to build a barn to be sited on an arable field.  The council asked for a biodiversity appraisal, and placed a short deadline for receipt. We engaged Dr Chris Gleed-Owen who made a site visit within days, and delivered a fully researched report with plans, species list and recommendation a few days later, within the required timescale.  We have therefore avoided the need for extensions and delays.  Thank you Chris.

Susan Ross, Frankham Farm, Ryme Intrinseca


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