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Ornithologist/Ecologist, Glasgow or Stirling (6 month fixed term contract), UK

Office Location: Glasgow, Stirling

Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week Monday - Friday commencing March 2017 (6 months minimum)

Salary: Competitive basic salary, comprehensive benefits

Discipline team: Ecology

Reporting to: Regional Ecology Manager


Job Description


Due to continued growth and expansion we are looking for a graduate/project ornithologist to join our expanding ecology team in Stirling and Glasgow.  Our teams in Scotland and North-east England work on a variety of projects, across a wide range of industry sectors.  Whilst most work is UK-based the teams also work on a number of overseas projects.

Applicants will primarily have a good practical and working knowledge of coastal, estuarine and marine ornithology. However a good all round knowledge of ornithology, ecology and environmental assessment is expected  and the successful applicant must able to demonstrate excellent field experience in surveys for birds as well as an active interest or experience of surveys for mammals, aquatic species and botanical/habitats identification. You will have excellent communication and time management skills and will also be able to demonstrate good report writing and analytical skills.

You will join a friendly team of ecologists in a multi-disciplinary consultancy with offices throughout the UK. Whatever your experience, SLR offers an individually-tailored training package using in-house and external training to complement the development of your career as an ecological consultant.

Main Duties:

The core role will involve undertaking a rolling monthly programme of estuarine bird surveys at sites throughout Cumbria but you will also assist on a wider range of ecological projects involving survey for birds, protected species and habitats throughout Scotland, Northern Ireland and potentially the Irish Republic

You will also be involved in aquatic and marine surveys, habitat surveys, the implementation of protected species mitigation projects, desk-based study, report writing and assisting with the preparation of Ecological Impact Assessments.  The position will involve occasional out-of-hours work.


Person Specification

Technical Skills, Abilities, Experience:

• Excellent estuarine, coastal and marine bird ID skills and experience of the upland bird survey methods to include waders, raptors, divers etc.

• Botanical skills and experience of habitat surveys.
• Experience in specialist fauna surveys, e.g. bats, amphibians, reptiles, badgers, water vole, otter and invertebrates.
• Experience or interest in land management for biodiversity.
• Excellent communication, navigation and time management skills.
• Good report writing skills.

Education, Qualifications, Memberships:


• BSc Ecology, Biological Science (or equivalent).  MSc desirable
• Eligible for Graduate or Associate membership of CIEEM

Personal Attributes:


• Able to work independently and as part of a team.
• Capable of working long hours in the field, spending time away from home in Cumbria and elsewhere as well as working on office-based tasks.
• Professional and commercially aware.
• Willing to learn and motivated for Continued Professional Development.

Additional Requirements:


• Valid driving licence and access to a car.
• Passport.


Applications and Enquiries

SLR Consulting is an equal opportunities employer. Further details of our Equal Opportunities policy are available upon request.

To apply, please complete the online application form below.