Senior Ecological Consultant – Team Lead

Senior Ecological Consultant – Team Lead

Full-time, permanent

Are you looking for your next step as a Senior Ecological Consultant? Are you commercially aware, self-motivated, organised, with excellent communication, leadership and project management skills? Do you enjoy managing client relationships, producing quotes and tenders… and are you up for the challenge of assisting with business development initiatives and motivating your team?

Working for one of the largest independently owned environmental consultancies in the UK, we’re looking for a Senior Ecological Consultant – Team Lead for a varied role, to contribute to some of the most significant projects of our time.

Employee Testimonials

‘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’.  – Lyn P

‘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

The role

We are looking for a Senior Ecological Consultant – Team Lead, to join our Guildford terrestrial team. You may be looking for a step up into a more senior role, or be someone with more experience looking for a new and exciting position. You will need experience of supervising, managing or leading a team, with the ability to motivate, engage and lead by example.

We are looking for someone who is capable of managing a diverse portfolio of projects in a variety of sectors. We are interested in hearing from people with particular terrestrial ecology specialisms (such as protected species, botanical, habitat assessment/restoration) and those who can demonstrate the application of their skills in an ecological consultancy setting.

This is a varied role and will include line managing your own small team, taking responsibility for the standard of survey work by leading a field team, preparing tenders and quotes for clients, managing client relationships, undertaking ecological surveys and mitigation; managing and delivering a range of projects, which may involve EPSL applications, EcIA chapters and habitat regulation assessments, and finally, producing high quality reports for clients on time and within budget.

Successful candidates must

  • have relevant and proven experience in a similar role, ideally within a commercial consultancy
  • have degree or postgraduate degree (or equivalent) in an ecological or related subject
  • have advanced field skills in one or more specialist areas
  • ideally have at least one protected species licence
  • have an in-depth knowledge of ecology, legislation, and survey techniques and an enthusiasm for keeping up to date with new technologies and best practice
  • be commercially aware with experience of managing budgets
  • have excellent written communication skills and be able to produce accurate technical reports
  • be organised with proven ability to manage several projects simultaneously
  • experience of supervising, leading or managing a team
  • hold a full UK driving licence and have use of a car
  • have full membership of CIEEM (or to have eligibility if not currently held), and
  • an enthusiastic, flexible, can-do attitude

Thomson Environmental Consultants

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.

We promote a happy, friendly workplace and are guided by the company’s core values of Respect, Integrity, Support and Excellence. We provide 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.

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