Route Ecologist – The Route Ecologist will be required to provide technical advice and support to operational teams maintaining and operating the railway within a defined Route of Southern Region. The role will implement and assure a programme of ecological checks and surveys, including habitat, botanical and animal species surveys, complete works impact assessments, and manage proactive and corrective mitigation and compliance plans. The role is a contract position, reviewed and renewable annually, until April 2024.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Two positions are available – one role will provide technical support to the Sussex Route organisation and one role will have a focus on ecological assurance, systems support and biodiversity project management. Both roles will enjoy some element of developing and managing the implementation of ecological monitoring tasks including habitat condition and establishment assessments, and species surveys.
The posts will also be required to provide, manage the procurement of, and assure ecological services to support delivery of lineside vegetation and rail maintenance engineering works. These services principally involve delivery of Preliminary Ecological Appraisals and Ecological Clerk of Works support. Engineering workbanks have the potential to impact on lineside biodiversity, both positively and negatively, and the challenge is to identify and integrate best practice, mitigate impacts and realise opportunities for biodiversity enhancement.
Key requirements for the roles:
• Experienced terrestrial Ecologist, a good understanding of England/national legislative requirements and best industry practices in relation to ecological management.
• Previous experience of managing ecology-related projects, including fieldwork programs ideally in a consulting environment.
• 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
• Experience in delivery of all aspects and phases of Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) and the management of mitigation plans
• Experience of delivering assurance activity with respect to contractor performance and to intended ecological outcomes of enhancement projects
• Driver’s licence essential – travel to isolated field locations and engineering depots within Sussex and the wider Southern Region will be required. Travel requirement will vary but expect 2-3 days per week on average during peak ecology season.