Ecological Consultant

Ecological Consultant

Full time, permanent

Are you a professional, hard-working ecologist who likes to travel, has a protected species licence, experienced in commercial ecological consulting, loves leading a team out on site and seeking a new role? Then we want to hear from you.

Working for one of the largest independently owned environmental consultancies in the UK, we’re looking for an ecological consultant for a varied role, to contribute to some of the most significant projects of our time.

Read some of our employee testimonials:

‘Thomson has given me the opportunities and support to allow me to develop my skills and competencies in ecology and consultancy’ – Amy K, Assistant Ecologist

“It is a strange feeling being in a place where you’re excited to go back to work on Monday, and that’s because I love the team I work with” – Luke M, Assistant Ecologist

“Working at Thomson over the last seven years has given me so many opportunities to learn and progress in my career. As we work on such a wide range of projects and as everyone is so keen to help each other learn and develop, I have been able to rapidly build on my knowledge and experience.

“I have always felt well supported by my managers and the wider team and I have learnt so much through the advice I have been given by others, as well as shadowing and undertaking training courses”. – Lynne P, Principal Ecological Consultant

You’ll be joining a happy, friendly workplace, guided by our values of Respect, Integrity, Support and Excellence. You’ll have fantastic on-the-job training, opportunities for progression and a range of company benefits including 25 days annual leave, a stakeholder pension scheme, discounted gym membership, free parking and regular social events.

The role

Working at consultant level for Thomson, you will have the opportunity to utilise and build upon your existing field skills and surveying experience, already gained from working a few seasons within the ecology sector, ideally within a commercial consultancy.

You will have the confidence to undertake a variety of site and office based tasks, including undertaking protected species surveys, desk studies and phase 1 habitat assessments with minimal supervision. You will produce high quality work, on time and within budget and be prepared to step up and manage small to medium sized projects. As with all consultancy work, you will need to be a professional with the ability to communicate effectively and to maintain positive client relationships.

Successful candidates will

  • have proven, previous experience in a similar role, ideally within a commercial consultancy
  • have a degree or postgraduate degree in ecology or a closely related subject
  • have field skills in one or more specialist areas
  • hold a protected species licence, or be working towards one
  • have knowledge of ecology, legislation, and survey techniques
  • have enthusiasm for keeping up to date with new technologies and best practice
  • be an excellent communicator with the ability to write clear, concise reports
  • hold full membership of CIEEM (or to have eligibility if not currently held)
  • have a full UK driving licence and use of a car
  • have a positive outlook and a strong desire to succeed.


Thomson Environmental Consultants are experts in environmental compliance. Our specialist teams have been advising our clients across various sectors, on how to achieve their objectives and meet required environmental compliance since 2004. We cover a breadth of specialisms and are always pragmatic with our advice. With offices in Guildford, Leeds, Cardiff, and Birmingham, our teams assist with, ecological advice, surveys and assessments, habitat design and creation, ecological contracting, invasive species management, freshwater and marine consultancy, arboriculture, data management and mapping and last but not least, laboratory analysis including marine benthic taxonomy.

This role will be based at our modern offices on the picturesque Surrey Research Park. The successful candidate will live within commuting distance of Guildford or be prepared to relocate.

Please apply as soon as possible with your CV and covering letter outlining your suitability to