Do you want to use your technical expertise to make a real impact? Want to be a respected partner in ground-breaking, large-scale engineering and construction projects? If so, we have a great opportunity for you within our Environment and Planning Team.
Wessex Water is one of the top performing water and sewerage companies in the UK, serving 2.8 million customers across the south west of England. Our engineering and construction business is responsible for designing and building the infrastructure for all of our services, including pipelines, sewage treatment works, pumping stations and reservoirs. Our in-house Environment and Planning team, which includes the Ecology Team, are key partners to engineering and construction project teams, providing a wide range of professional environmental and planning support and ensuring legal compliance and ecological best practice in all works.
As Principal Ecologist, you'll lead a small specialist team, supporting a diverse range of engineering works across our region, from small schemes to multi-million-pound, high-profile public infrastructure projects. You'll enjoy the satisfaction of being an integral part of the project team from outline design through to completion, working alongside our in-house environment and planning advisers, engineers, project managers, and construction staff to deliver innovative, efficient and cost-effective project solutions.
This is a busy, varied role and day-to-day, you will be leading delivery of our ecological survey programme including ecological survey, ecological impact assessment, and protected species work, through to mitigation and construction support. Although this is a team leader role, you will also manage your own selection of projects as well as leading our post-project landscape planting programme and supporting elements of our ISO 14001 Environmental Management System too. You'll also work closely with the Environment and Planning Manager supporting with general management of the function and wider initiatives (e.g. tools to track biodiversity loss/gain and promote in-field data collection using mobile mapping solutions).
We're looking for degree-qualified professionals with extensive technical knowledge of a range of ecological and protected-species surveys and mitigation projects who are experienced in providing ecological advice in the design and delivery of a range of built environment and infrastructure projects. Ideally, you'll have achieved chartership or will be working towards this. Alongside good IT skills and practical experience of GIS, you'll need ecological report writing skills and experience of preparing Habitats Regulations Assessments. You should have relevant individual protected species licences, including great crested newt and a strong working knowledge of current environmental legislation too.
This is not an ordinary, run-of-the-mill role - you'll need to be innovative, forward thinking and willing to challenge the status quo. You'll be involved in long-term projects from initiation phases and so you'll need to have a proactive and flexible approach with a focus on successful project delivery. As a proven people manager, you'll be adept at mentoring and supporting the technical development of team members and ideally, able to assist with the delivery of environmental training too. Your excellent interpersonal and communication skills will enable you to build and maintain positive working relationships with your stakeholders, both internally and externally.
You must be able to demonstrate proof of skills gained and eligibility to work in the UK.
We're happy to talk flexible working - in association with Working Families.
We do not accept CVs from recruitment agencies. We are an equal opportunities employer. You must be able to provide proof of your eligibility to work in the UK and proof of skills and qualifications gained. Appointment of successful applicant/s will also be subject to receiving suitable references and basic (or where job applicable) other criminal disclosure checks.
We respect and value everyone’s contribution. Wessex Water is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to providing an environment that supports and encourages the many skills, interests, backgrounds and experiences that people from different social groups can bring. We strive to provide a workplace which is free from discrimination, harassment and bullying, and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.