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Senior Consultant - Aquatic Ecologist

Ricardo Energy & Environment Logo

35000 - 50000 GBP ANNUAL

Ricardo Energy & Environment

Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom

Graham Ritchie

$100 to $500 million (USD)

Company - Public


Published 77 days ago


Senior Consultant - Aquatic Ecology
Location: Hybrid - Bristol commutable distance
Salary range: £35,000 - £50,000 per annum plus benefits
Role ID: 2023 - 1920

Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Working with Ricardo
You will be warmly welcomed into our workplace where every voice matters. We are diverse thinkers and doers, coming together to create a culture of inclusion. We will support you to find your place.

We will encourage you to use your passion and expertise to make a positive impact through the projects you work on. Your knowledge and desire to bring about change will be invaluable in helping deliver innovative solutions that support communities across the globe in becoming safer and more sustainable.

Work life balance
We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that is working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential

We are currently looking for a Senior Consultant Aquatic Ecologist to join our Water Practice which has a strong project portfolio in providing technical support on a variety of water management and ecology projects, across a wide range of clients in the water, developer and public sectors. You will be expected to contribute as part of a national team, working closely with colleagues in Manchester, Harwell and London in particular.

Key responsibilities

  • Your role will involve project management and implementation of ecological assessments, plus the coordination of associated surveys, consultation and mitigation in support of our client proposals and operations.
  • You will be involved in managing the technical work of more junior staff and sub-consultants and (depending on experience) managing projects and their direction too. There will also be team leadership opportunities as the team expands.
  • The nature of the role and the dynamic of the team provides a wealth of opportunities to explore your interests and carry out a range of tasks and functions within aquatic ecology, as well as a range of related disciplines.
  • There is also a degree of flexibility over which facets of the role you become most invested in: be it a more technical focus; project management; developing bids and tenders; or a more generalist role.

Key competencies and experience

  • In depth knowledge of WFD biological classification tools, UK and EU Wildlife Legislation, planning policies, licensing requirements and best practice survey techniques.
  • Capable at leading Ecological Impact Assessments and Habitats Regulations Assessments.
  • A good understanding of WFD assessments, in particular the biological metrics and indices that inform ecological status.
  • EcIA and WRMP options appraisal understanding and/or experience would be an advantage.
  • Leading, planning and co-ordinating field surveys, analysing and interpreting survey results and planning and co-ordinating ecological mitigation works.
  • Demonstrable specialist ecological knowledge, such as river invertebrates or fisheries ecology preferable.
  • Membership of a professional body such as the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; be able to produce meticulous and accurate technical reports as well as communicate confidently with a variety of clients and stakeholders.
  • Be organised with proven ability to multi-task and handle several projects simultaneously.

Skills and behaviours

  • A self-starter, as you’ll be part of a busy Water & Environment Team. Excellent team working skills are therefore essential together with strong communication skills, sound understanding of ecological impact assessment and a close attention to detail.
  • Whilst fieldwork skills are needed for this role, there will be a large component of office-based coordination, data analysis, client contact and report writing.
  • This is a fast-paced and challenging environment offering you the opportunity to make your mark. You will have support from the wider business for your career to develop into a wide range of future opportunities within Ricardo.


  • Have experience of leading and motivating a team of both site and office-based staff.
  • Have a proven work winning track record, experience of preparing bids and tenders and generating new business opportunities.
  • Mentoring junior colleagues.
  • Building client relationships and generating opportunities.
  • Preparing bids and managing project budgets and collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams.

We want you to know how much you are valued. Your remuneration and benefits package will reflect that. You will receive a range of benefits which include support for your physical and mental health.

Our core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, plus 8 flexible bank holidays, a competitive company pension scheme, life assurance and professional subscriptions reimbursement. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

Next steps

Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.

Ricardo is a Disability confident employer please advise the recruitment team via [email protected] if you require any adjustments to support you throughout the recruitment process.

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