Assistant Ecologists

Assistant Ecologists

Initial 6 month fixed term contracts

Are you hard-working and practical with a professional work ethic? Do you love the outdoors, ecology and the environment? Are you looking for a fantastic opportunity which could take you to new and exciting locations all over the UK?

Read some of our employee testimonials:

“Since joining Thomson in 2017 I have worked on a wide range of projects and have been on some excellent training courses, including a five-day tree climbing and aerial rescue course.  Thomson’s collaborative culture and friendly office atmosphere makes for a great working environment.” – Hannah R, Assistant Ecologist

“I am currently an assistant ecologist at Thomson, in my first year with the company. So far, I have undertaken bat, reptile, GCN, and phase 1 surveys for the company, on large and small-scale projects. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first survey season with Thomson, they provided good training and are committed to your personal development within the company and as an ecologist.”– Katie R, Assistant Ecologist

“I started at Thomson in 2016 and over the last three years I have been provided with excellent training and support giving me the opportunity to develop and progress to an ecological consultant. I find the scale and variety of projects that we work on stimulating and I am always exposed to new experiences allowing me to grow as an ecologist and continue my professional development. I enjoy working alongside like-minded colleagues in a friendly team environment.” – Phil J, Ecologist

The role

We have multiple opportunities for Assistant Ecologists to help support our terrestrial ecology teams throughout the UK, in the busy field season. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who have GCN or bat licences or are proactively working towards gaining their licence.

This is a great opportunity to learn some practical survey and mitigation techniques in a range of species and habitats as well as gaining experience of working in a busy independent environmental consultancy. Many of our previous assistant ecologists have gone on to secure full time permanent positions with us.

You’ll need to be fully available from mid-March until the end of September, have a car, full UK driving licence and be willing to travel and stay away from home regularly. Accommodation and mileage will be paid for, and a generous subsistence allowance will be given when staying away from home. Ideally, you will be located within 1 hours commute from our offices in Birmingham, Cardiff, Guildford or Leeds or be willing to relocate. We are also interested to hear from applicants located in the Nottingham, Birmingham and London areas.

Successful candidates will have

  • a degree in ecology or a related field, or suitable relevant experience
  • the right to work in the UK
  • a valid driving licence and vehicle, insured for business use
  • experience of ecological survey and mitigation work
  • availability to attend mandatory training in advance of start date
  • the ability to travel and stay away at survey sites in various locations around the country
  • confidence to work independently, and as part of a team
  • self-motivation with the ability to learn quickly.

Ideally, successful candidates will also have the following

  • a protected species licence e.g. GCN, bat or dormouse
  • membership to the Chartered Institute of Ecological and Environmental Management (CIEEM)
  • a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card
  • First Aid at Work certification.

Apply as soon as possible with your CV and covering letter outlining your suitability to recruitment@thomsonec.com

Please include where you will be based during the season, if this is different from your permanent address.