Senior Ecologist


Salary dependent on experience   .   Paid - Full or part time   .   Permanent;; 01423863369; Catherine White or Katie Lawrence


Closing date: 28th August 2020


Smeeden Foreman is a multidisciplinary practice of ecologists and landscape architects based in Scotton, near Harrogate on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Established for over 25 years, we operate throughout the UK with work concentrated in the North and the Midlands.


We are seeking an experienced ecologist with an interest in bat work, to join our team. Relevant licences for bats (level 1 and 2), along with sound knowledge of mitigation and previous successful submission of development licences for this species are preferable, though candidates working towards this level of experience will be considered.


Experience in extended Phase 1 survey, report writing and the ability to communicate effectively would be an advantage. Other protected species survey licences and/or some relevant survey/mitigation experience, particularly in relation to badgers would be beneficial, but not essential.


Desired attributes or working towards:

  • Natural England bat licence (Level 1 and 2)

  • Have held a EPSM licence in respect to bats

  • Knowledge of wildlife legislation and the planning process

  • Experience of project management and preparing fee quotes

  • Bachelors or Masters degree in a related discipline

  • Full UK driving licence

  • Good computer skills


The range of work undertaken includes extended phase 1 habitat and protected species survey, formulation of mitigation proposals and habitat creation schemes. We are currently supervising projects under EPS licences for bats and great crested newts. Generally our outputs are in the form of technical reports for planning submission, but we also provide input to BREEAM Assessments, Biodiversity Net Gain Assessments and EIAs.  We work on a wide range of project types from industrial, business/retail parks, and residential developments to community projects and private dwellings.


We offer flexible working hours, a TOIL scheme, 25 days holiday per year (based on full time working), paid membership of CIEEM and a friendly office environment.


Please apply with a covering letter and CV, including your current salary and salary expectations, by email or send to the address below.


For an informal chat about the position please contact Catherine or Katie.

T: 01423 863 369
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