Senior or Principal Freshwater Ecologist

Senior or Principal Freshwater Ecologist

The role

We are looking for a senior technical specialist to join our small, dynamic team. You will be responsible for the delivery of freshwater projects, including leading surveys, undertaking data analysis, and preparing technical reports.  You will also be responsible for the line management and training of junior staff in the freshwater team.  You will have technical expertise in macroinvertebrate identification, and experience in using freshwater biological indices used in describing the status or health of a river system.  You will also support the delivery of fish population monitoring and fish rescue work, undertaking river ecology habitat scores.  

You will already be working at principal or senior level, with a wealth of experience within commercial consultancy.   As such, you will ideally have experience of undertaking business development, preparing quotes and tenders, and building client relationships. You will be a technical expert and capable of writing accurate and concise technical reports.

Successful candidates must

• have relevant and proven experience in a similar role, specifically within the commercial environmental sector
• hold a degree or postgraduate degree (or equivalent) in Aquatic Ecology, Hydro-ecology or a related subject
• have macroinvertebrate identification skills to at least family level (TL3) and ideally mixed taxon level (TL5)
• be technically competent, with an in-depth knowledge of aquatic ecology, legislation, and survey techniques
• have excellent written and verbal communication skills; be able to produce meticulous and accurate technical reports as well as communicate confidently with clients and stakeholders
• be organised with proven ability to multi-task and handle several projects simultaneously
• be able and willing to travel and stay away from home
• be a member of an appropriate professional institute
• have a full UK driving licence and use of a car
• have a positive outlook and a strong desire to succeed.

Ideally you will also

• have experience of leading and motivating a team of both site and office based staff
• have a proven work winning track record, experience of preparing bids and tenders and generating new business opportunities.

About Thomson

Thomson environmental consultants: The independent, employee-owned consultancy, chosen by successful clients, admired by competitors, and the place to work preferred by top specialists.

With offices across the UK, our experts are committed to delivering our clients exceptional outcomes across a range of environmental services and ecological contracting.

Our services include but are not limited to: terrestrial ecology, freshwater ecology, marine ecology, habitat management, arboricultural services, geospatial and data management, environmental impact assessments.

As an Employee-Owned Trust, all Thomson employees have a stake in the business. An EOT model is a way to transfer future ownership of a company to its people – minimizing the chance of cultural or commercial disruptions. As a rapidly growing company, Thomson employees will reap the rewards, including performance-related annual bonuses. We’re proud of this unique opportunity that we offer our people which makes us stand out in the environmental consultancy world.

You’ll enjoy all the benefits we have to offer, including EOT approved bonuses (after a qualifying period), a rewarding varied role, 25 days annual leave, flexible working, regular social events and great training.

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