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Senior Ecologist – RPS Consulting UK & Ireland

Remuneration: Competitive
Location: Ireland
Closing Date: 6 December
Professional Registration/ Membership Required? Full Membership of CIWEM, CIEEM or similar. Chartership (Ecologist / Scientist / Environmentalist) desirable, or working towards chartership.


RPS are looking for an experienced Senior Ecologist (10+ years’ experience) who will contribute as a key member of our RPS Environmental Division. The position is in Galway where the successful candidate will work with our team of terrestrial ecologist under the Technical Director for Environment. You will assist in the delivery and management of projects for key public and private sector clients in Ireland.

Senior member of the RPS Ecology team delivering high quality, consultancy services to RPS’s clients.
Management of resourcing on projects. Business development and reporting to senior management and directors.
Preparation of Environmental Impact Assessment Reports (EIAR) and Appropriate Assessments (AA, NIS) on the likely impacts of proposed plans/ projects covering a range of sectors including water, transport, waste, energy and land use.
Site surveys/ assessments and specialist ecological surveys and monitoring as and when required (e.g. habitat mapping, mammal surveys, birds, bats, etc.).
Consultation with relevant stakeholders including: government departments, planning authorities, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Inland Fisheries Ireland, and other regulatory bodies.
Project management of Environmental Impact Assessment and Appropriate Assessment processes including coordination of specialist inputs, liaison with stakeholders, public consultation and compilation of statutory documentation.
Presentation at Oral Hearing.

About Us
RPS are a recognised leader in multidisciplinary engineering, environmental, project communications and project management consultancy. We are 5,600 professional consultants and service providers with deep expertise in things that matter. We define, design and manage projects in the property, energy, transport, water, defence and security and resources sectors across 125 countries.  In Ireland, we employ 600 of the most talented, high-performing professionals in the industry.

About You
Degree qualified (Level 8 or above on the NFQ) in an ecology related discipline.
Experience working as a Senior Ecologist and delivering environmental impact assessments and appropriate assessments.
A specialism in a distinct area of terrestrial ecology is very desirable alongside a broad base of skills and understanding of the ecological field.
A minimum ten years’ employment experience in ecological consultancy.
Consultancy experience working as part of multi-disciplinary teams.
Full Membership of CIWEM, CIEEM or similar. Chartership (Ecologist / Scientist / Environmentalist) desirable, or working towards chartership.
Excellent field skills with demonstrated field survey experience.
Knowledge of relevant Irish and European legislation
Excellent report writing skills.
Demonstrable ability to manage a team.
Full clean Irish or EU driving licence.
What we can offer
You will be offered a competitive salary, an attractive package along with a great diverse team environment. In addition, we offer flexible working hours and deliver a comprehensive training and development programme for all professional levels to further expand your skill set within the Environmental division.

If you would like to join a company that will challenge you to be creative in design and solutions, join RPS.


For more information on Job Role, Person Specification and Contact Details, please follow the link to the job posting


Technical Manager – Offshore/Onshore Wind - Energy Institute

Remuneration: Salary £35,000 p.a. - £43,000 p.a. plus benefits, negotiable based on experience  
Location: London
Closing Date: 6 January
Professional Registration/ Membership Required? Not specified


As Technical Manager – Wind you will drive the delivery of the technical work programme for G+ and SafetyOn, which will utilise the governance and processes of the EI’s scientific and technical programme. You will focus on the development of technical documents for the wind industry (offshore and onshore), primarily regarding H&S performance improvement.

Salary: £35,000 p.a. - £43,000 p.a. plus benefits, negotiable based on experience  

The Energy Institute (EI) is the chartered professional membership body bringing global energy expertise together. Its ambition is that energy and its critical role in our world, is better understood, managed and valued.

The Energy Institute provides the secretariat and supports the ongoing work for the offshore and onshore wind health and safety organisations G+ and SafetyOn, bringing together business leaders, health and safety experts and organisations operating in the offshore and onshore wind industry to drive good practice and promote world-class safety performance across the sector.

We are looking to recruit a project manager with interests in health and safety to support our programme of research and good practice development in offshore and onshore wind. You will engage with stakeholders from industry, regulators and consultancies. A key requirement is excellent technical writing skills to develop good practice guidance, ensure timely delivery of high-quality technical publications and manage technical workstreams in offshore and onshore wind.

Excellent technical writing skills, organisational and administrative skills are essential, as is the ability to communicate well, including with senior representatives within the energy industry, as well as excellent customer/client service skills.

The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated self-starter who demonstrates initiative and can work with a minimum of supervision. A science, or engineering based degree, knowledge of the offshore/onshore wind industry and experience in developing technical guidance and presentation would be advantageous but are not essential.

A job description is available on the Energy Institute’s website. To apply, please send a CV and covering letter (the covering letter should be no more than one side and should convey the three key reasons for your suitability) to e: FAO: Helen Sullivan, Energy Institute, 61 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7AR, by 6 January 2020.  Please apply as soon as possible as interviews will be held on an ongoing basis.


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Senior Ecologist - JCA Ltd

Remuneration: £20,000 - £30,000
Location: North East England
Closing Date: 11 December
Professional Registration/ Membership Required? Must be a full member of CIEEM


JCA Limited is an established arboricultural and ecological consultancy operating throughout the UK and occasionally abroad. Based in rural West Yorkshire, we have a strong reputation within the industry. The company is innovative and has a unique, friendly feel with a team of 20 Arboriculturists, Ecologists and support staff. We are seeking to appoint a senior ecologist to lead our team of currently 4 Ecologists, with a view to expanding this department over the next few years. JCA Limited are a caring and responsible employer, offering a pleasant, rural location with ample parking, a wonderfully friendly team and this position offers:

A competitive salary.
Flexible working hours and overtime payments.
A company car.
Company Pension Scheme.
Company Bonus Scheme.
Training allowance.
Seasonal prizes for outstanding performance.
Regular staff outings and meals.

You should:
Be a full Member of CIEEM.
Be educated to BSc level or above, in a relevant subject (Ecology, Conservation, or Environmental Sciences).
Hold a full driving license.
Have excellent communication skills, a strong sense of priority in dealing with communications and should set a good example to other team members by communicating clearly and in a timely manner.
Be able to proof read and check technical reports.
Have around 10 years’ experience working as an ecologist commercially and experience of managing staff.
Have experience of working with the Local Planning Authority Ecologists and Biodiversity Officers.
Lead our team, coordinate workloads, plan resourcing, and help develop a strategy growing the ecology team.
Have an up to date understanding of relevant EU and UK legislation.
Be able to update report templates, maintaining a high standard of work in line with CIEEM guidelines.
Have a good grasp of the planning system and an understanding of the development industry.
Have experience in writing a wide range of reports pertaining to ecological issues.
Hold Natural England GCN & Bat licenses at level 2, and a record of successful mitigation license applications.
Have strong botanical identification skills.
Have experience of producing EcIA and PEA reports, preparing European protected species mitigation license applications and be able to produce bespoke ecological reports as required.
Be able to give toolbox talks and habitat management advice to clients.
Provide technical support to our ecology team, mentoring junior ecologists and providing training as required.

And ideally you should:
Be willing to attend public consultations and planning meetings when necessary.
Be able to produce ecological surveys for code for sustainable homes (CfSH), BREEAM and plans along with working method statements and construction method statements.
Be willing to assist in developing the ecology business in conjunction with the management team to provide our existing and new clients with an enhanced range of services.

For more information on Job Role, Person Specification and Contact Details, please follow the link to the job posting


Principal Environmental Consultant - Amey Consulting

Remuneration: Competitive plus benefits
Location: Cardiff, UK
Closing Date: Unspecified
Apply: Contact
Professional Registration Required? Chartered Environmentalist or equivalent status


What is the purpose of this role?
The Principal Environmental Consultant will be a technical lead for our Environment & Sustainability Consulting team, providing high level support and advice to design and construction teams across a variety of different sectors including rail, highways and utilities. 

Duties will include managing the production of contract delivery plans and method statements, designing winning environmental management solutions for projects and tenders and providing expert advice in the fields of environment and sustainability to help Amey achieve its aim of creating better places to live, work and travel. You will work as part of our growing national team of environment and sustainability professionals and provide support to junior staff members. 
What will this role involve?
• Support projects to meet legal, technical and client requirements by providing guidance on best practice and developing environmental solutions. 
• Liaise with clients on technical matters to deliver solutions. 
• Advise on environmental aspects of projects such as but not limited to EMS, environmental assessment, environmental mitigation design, environmental studies, environmental risks, construction mitigations, permits and consents. 
• Take a key role in promoting key sustainability areas with our clients such as carbon, social value, climate change and weather resilience
• Prepare and review reports to respond to the relevant statutory body and Local Authorities regarding environmental scoping and assessment reports, planning submissions and permitting for projects, Environmental Management Plans etc.
• Advise clients on environmental compliance and risks to their projects and contracts; develop innovative solutions for the management of their projects and contracts. 
• To contribute with other professions in the Business Development process in producing information for PQQs and Tenders, developing scope and fee proposals for projects.
• Manage budgets and programme of projects. 
• Be a pro-active member of the E&S team, supporting junior staff with professional development.

What are we looking for?
• Minimum of ten years’ experience as an Environmentalist with experience in EIAs, SEAs, environmental management, environmental legislation or other environmental area.
• Experience of working on rail infrastructure projects preferred.
• Relevant post-graduate degree;
• Chartered Environmentalist or equivalent status; 
• Strong technical skills and experience in a relevant specialism;
• CEEQUAL Assessor or experience of managing the delivery of CEEQUAL assessments;
• Good communication and presentation skills.
• Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment.
• Able problem solving and technical realisation skills.
• Sound knowledge of environmental legislation.
• Clean driving Licence.

The Individual
• Enthusiastic, energetic and dynamic approach to people and projects.
• Proven track record to demonstrate skills and qualifications.
• Forward thinking and interested in developing smart ways of working with teams to realise client and operational objectives.
• Motivated and engaged.
• Creative.
• Well organised.
• Finisher 


More information on Amey Consulting's vision for sustainability can be found here

Find out more about working at Amey Consulting here

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(Up to 3) Non-Executive Commissioners - Forestry Commission 

Remuneration: The daily rate for each Commissioner will be £409. Reasonable travel expenses are also paid. The roles are non-pensionable.
Location: The location is flexible. Meetings will be held at locations around the country including the Forestry Commission’s principal offices in Bristol. 
Closing Date: 20 December at 12:00
Professional Registration Required? Not specified



The Forestry Commission (FC) is a non-Ministerial Government department, headed by a Board of Commissioners. Its mission is to protect and expand England’s forests and woodlands and increase their value to society and the environment. 

The Forestry Commission Board of Commissioners plays an important role in the delivery of the FC’s objectives. It sets the strategic direction, provides leadership for FC activities, directs the executive in the conduct of business and allocates resources to meet the FC’s objectives.

The Board has an important role in overseeing, monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the FC’s strategy and objectives, building effective strategic partnerships to support the organisation and its aims. It promotes good governance and sound decision making across the organisation.

Board members are expected to work collaboratively, contributing effectively and constructively challenging group discussions involving a wide range of subject matter and people, including technical specialists and professionals. The Board needs to formulate and discuss strategic subjects in a coherent and structured way and ensure that communication with stakeholders is transparent and effective.

Board members are expected to represent the FC and its values at external events and engage with local teams to help support and promote the work of the FC at an operational level.

Commissioners are appointed to the Forestry Commission Board by HM the Queen on the recommendation of Defra Ministers and are required to promote the interests of forestry, the development of afforestation and the production and supply of timber. In doing this, they must seek a reasonable balance between the production and supply of timber and the interests of conservation.

The Role

The Secretary of State wishes to recruit up to three new non-executive Commissioners for appointment to the Forestry Commission (FC) Board of Commissioners.

In addition to being appointed to the Board of Commissioners, the new Commissioners will be invited by the FC to serve on one or more of the subsidiary Boards (i.e. the Boards of Forest Services, Forestry England and Forest Research) depending on their area of knowledge and expertise and may also be asked to serve on an Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. One of the new Commissioners will also be appointed as Chair of the Board of Forest Services. Please note the appointment of other non-Commissioner non-executives to the subsidiary Boards is being handled separately and is not included in this recruitment.

Further information

For further information on the roles, please contact the Forestry Commission on


 Person Specification

Candidates must be able to demonstrate all of the following essential criteria:

1. An enthusiasm for and genuine interest in the work delivered by the Forestry Commission and support of its purpose, values and strategic direction.

2. Sound knowledge and expertise in good governance at senior levels in a large organisation in either the private or public sector, and preferably an understanding of working with government.

3. Exceptional communication skills, high level of personal impact and the ability to provide constructive and independent leadership, challenge and support to the Board of a complex organisation.

4. Demonstrable ability to support an organisation through a period of significant operational and cultural change.


Ministers wish to attract high-calibre applicants from diverse backgrounds who can contribute to ensuring that collectively the Board has the skills to discharge its full range of responsibilities and meet the requirements for specialist expertise stipulated in the Forestry Act. Ministers would therefore like to see applications from people who meet the essential criteria and in addition have expertise in at least one of the following areas:

• The timber trade

• Science and research. Expertise in this area, including a technical knowledge of forestry.

• Forestry and land management. Including knowledge of the key drivers, competing priorities and challenges faced by landowners in England.

If you have these skills, or other areas of expertise relevant to the Forestry Commission, applications will be welcomed from any candidates who meet the essential criteria for the role.

The successful candidates must abide by the principles of public service (attached at Annex B) and the Code of Conduct for Board members.

How to Apply
All candidates are required to complete the following forms:

• Monitoring form 1 (Conflicts of Interest, Conduct and Political Activity Questionnaire)

• Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire)

Candidates should submit their CV with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees, together with their statement of suitability.

The statement of suitability should give evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria (max two pages please).

Your CV and statement should be returned to the following address by the closing date: 12.00 (midday) on 1 November 2019 Email to quoting reference APPT05-19.

For further information please email: Charlie Coombs 


For more information on Job Role, Person Specification and Contact Details, please follow the link to the job posting


 Front End Developer - Energy Institute 

 Remuneration: up to £27,000pa plus benefits
 Location: Central London
Closing Date: Not specified
Professional Registration Required? Not specified


Have you got web development skills and want to build on your abilities as part of a small, dedicated in-house digital team?

Do you want to be part of an organisation that supports people working across the energy industry and tackling climate change?
If so, we want to hear from you!

The Energy Institute is looking to appoint a talented and creative Front-End Developer who is keen to learn and progress within a digital focused role.

Reporting to the Head of Digital Development
Salary up to £27,000pa plus benefits

Benefits including central London location and compressed working scheme (extended daily hours in return for every other Friday off)

The Energy Institute (EI) is the chartered professional membership body bringing global energy expertise together. Our ambition is that energy, and its critical role in our world, is better understood, managed and valued.

We have ambitious plans for the growth of our digital channels both in the UK and internationally. A key focus is the development and design of attractive, engaging, responsive and meaningful digital content and functionality.

The EI is looking to appoint a Front-End Developer who is keen to learn and progress within a digital focused role. As part of the Digital Development Team, the ideal candidate for this role will have experience of developing user-focused online products and services, experience in developing functionality using a content management system (Squiz Matrix or similar), ability to programme within a variety of languages (JavaScript, jQuery, HTML5) and an aptitude for good user-centric design.
Experience creating digital assets (wireframes and interactive mock-ups) is essential as the role extends across planning and optimising user’s digital interactions and journeys.  
Knowledge of APIs is desirable to help integrate the EI website with other systems.

The role will work closely with communication and marketing colleagues across the EI.


Training and professional development opportunities
Compressed working scheme – extended daily hours in return for every other Friday off
All-company/team socials
25 Days Holiday plus bank holidays
Cycle to Work Scheme
Season Ticket Loan
Great office culture
Please send CV and covering letter to or Helen Sullivan, Energy Institute, 61 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7AR.

The covering letter should be no more than one side and should convey the three key reasons for your suitability. Interviews will take place in October. 


For more information on Job Role, Person Specification and Contact Details, please follow the link to the job posting


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