Ecologist/Environment Specialist (Rail) London Puddledock or Basingstoke £440 per day – In London at least once per week

The Environment Specialist role will be required to act in an support and advisory capacity to the Southern Region capital schemes programme, providing professional ecological advice (both written and verbal) to inform key internal stakeholders, including rail project managers and works delivery staff, and to influence external stakeholders including Local Planning Authorities, Environmental Regulators, consultants, local community groups, and members of the public. The key purpose of the role is to assure that railway schemes are implementing Mitigation Hierarchy and Biodiversity Accounting principles, and following good practice for ecological management.

Key requirements for the role
• Experienced terrestrial Ecologist, a good understanding of England/national legislative requirements and best industry practices in relation to ecological management.
• Experience of delivering assurance activity with respect to contractor performance and to intended ecological outcomes of enhancement projects
• Previous experience of managing ecology-related projects, including fieldwork programs ideally in a consulting environment.
• Experience in delivery of all aspects and phases of Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) and the management of mitigation plans
• Substantial field survey experience – logistics planning, techniques knowledge, mobilising and managing field teams
• Experience with field data collection, and management and analysis of ecological data
• Experience in GIS, field mapping and developing and managing spatial datasets
• Driver’s licence essential – travel to isolated field locations and engineering depots across the Region will be required. Travel requirements will vary but expect 2-3 days per week on average, especially during peak ecology season.

– Technical understanding of ecological legislation
– Rail/construction/infrastructure project experience
– Member of professional body – part qualified is fine but experience is essential
– Stakeholder experience
– Able to communicate with regulators and local authorities
– Change and culture management experience
– Leadership skills
– Assurance background – maybe auditing able to measure and assess
– Good understanding of UK and European wildlife legislation and best practice guidance experience

Desirable
– Knowledge of operational railway environment
– Knowledge of ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard
– Full/associate/graduate membership of Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) (depending on experience)
– Experience attending client meetings and working with multi-disciplinary teams
– Competent with Microsoft Office
– Full UK driving licence

If this opportunity is of interest, please contact matt.roberts@matrax.co.uk