AECOM Principal Biodiversity Planning Specialist in Nottingham, United Kingdom

Business Line Environment

Position Title Principal Biodiversity Planning Specialist

United Kingdom - Nottinghamshire


Job Summary

AECOM is seeking a Senior Consultant to be based at our Nottingham office to focus on Biodiversity Planning. This role will expand and strengthen our busy team of ecologists in Central England and also work closely with our wider UK teams in environment and planning, landscape, and environmental economics, promoting collaboration between these disciplines in the context of sustainable development.

The role requires experience in biodiversity and green infrastructure planning, biodiversity net loss and gain (including offsets), ecosystem services and natural capital, especially in relation to land-use and planning in the UK for infrastructure, commercial, power and other development projects. This Senior Biodiversity Planning Consultant will have the opportunity to work across the UK and Ireland on high profile, challenging and innovative projects. Although the majority of work is in the UK, candidates with appropriate experience and skills may have the opportunity to work overseas from time to time.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and organised, with experience in managing teams, projects and budgets. The successful Senior Consultant will be able to be self-reliant, resourceful, and to be a self-starter. Excellent written and verbal skills are essential, including technical reports.

Job Duties:

  • Working as part of the existing network of AECOM ecologists and forming a key link with our wider environment and planning teams and environmental economists in relation to biodiversity net loss and gain, ecosystem services and natural capital;

  • Supporting internal clients with delivering the ecological requirements within multi-disciplinary tenders and projects;

  • Working independently, or with other ecologists and professionals, in the planning, delivery and management of impact assessment, the design and implementation of successful mitigation and compensation strategies for biodiversity, including approaches for delivering net loss and gain;

  • Assisting with managing the technical and financial performance of ecological and Environmental Impact Assessment projects;

  • Building and maintaining both internal and external client relationships, including providing urgent response and / or advice in person, by email or over the phone;

  • Communicating effectively with their line manager, project managers, clients, project teams and other members of the team, within projects and with clients by telephone, e-mail, letters and reports;

  • Developing and promoting best practice and innovation across the ecology business;

  • Compliance with internal business management procedures, including in relation to health and safety and technical quality of all advice and outputs; and development of the team to support wider environmental business goals, as required.

Our UK Ecology Team comprises over 100 ecologists based across the UK and covers all freshwater, marine and terrestrial habitats. We provide our clients with the full range of ecological services including specialist habitat and species surveys, impact assessment, advice on biodiversity mitigation, offsetting and enhancement, and management planning for biodiversity. Our projects include high profile major transport and other infrastructure, conventional and renewable power development, as well as other industrial and commercial development projects in the UK, continental Europe and Africa.

Minimum Requirements

The successful candidate will:

  • have substantial experience in the fields of planning for biodiversity and green infrastructure, a good understanding and working knowledge of the planning system in the UK, and of current and emerging approaches for the assessment of ecosystem services, biodiversity net loss/gain, and natural capital;

  • have experience of managing teams on ecological, wildlife or other biodiversity projects;

  • have experience providing advice to clients on a wide range of topics relating primarily to ecology and biodiversity;

  • hold a recognised degree in a biological, science or related discipline;

  • have a proven track record of providing biodiversity inputs to projects, including assessment in accordance with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) guidelines.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Relevant post graduate qualification would be advantageous;

  • Evidence of ongoing vocational training,

  • Be eligible for or have full membership of CIEEM.

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Job Category Ecology

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 181751BR

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.