Career opportunity

Assistant Ecologist

Based at our office locations: Sheffield, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Bristol, Exeter and Basingstoke.

About this opportunity

We are looking to appoint a bright, dynamic, and passionate Assistant Ecologists to join our talented team.

Whether you are an individual just starting your career or join us bringing years of experience with you, we will support you in developing your career. We invest in ensuring our employees have the right professional development opportunities, and provide our teams with the most up to date technology. This keeps us at the forefront of our sectors. Become part of our team and you’ll be working alongside technical experts who take pride in the quality of service we offer at every stage of the project lifecycle.

Ecus is committed to ensuring our employees thrive.  We are proud of our values, diversity and inclusion, and the benefits we offer. Find out more about the benefits.

  • Skills / Experience

    The skills and experience we hope to see

    The skills and experience we require will depend on the grade you are applying for, but as a minimum, we seek the following from our ecologists:

    • An undergraduate degree and preferably a post-graduate qualification in a relevant subject
    • Highly proficient in the use of Microsoft Office packages
    • Ability to multi-task and work proactively and flexibly in support of changing workloads
    • Strong attention to detail and ability to work without supervision
    • Strong prioritisation and organisation skills
    • Ability to handle confidential information
    • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

    As an Assistant Ecologist we will empower you to develop your skills further and take on more responsibility to undertake surveys and reports

  • What we can offer our employees

    What we can offer our employees

    • A competitive salary
    • 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays)
    • Additional days holiday per year worked (up to 5 additional days) after 2 years’ service
    • Company matched pension scheme
    • Employee perks scheme
    • ‘Health Cash Plan’
    • Hybrid / Flexible Working, including “flex-from-first
    • Regional and Companywide events
    • Career development and progression (Professional Membership(s) paid)
    • Cycle to work scheme
    • Inter-regional technical working groups
    • Volunteer days and matched charity fundraising

    We are proud of our innovative nature, customer focus and drive to continually improve. We put people at the heart of what we do and employ more than 150 professional staff throughout a network of 10 regional offices across Scotland, England, and Wales.

  • Who are Ecus?

    Who are Ecus?

    As an SME Environmental Consultancy firm, and part of the Cura Terrae group of environmental companies, we have a national presence across Scotland, England, and Wales, with plans to extend our network further and grow the company substantially over the coming years.

    Ecus Ltd offers an environmental and sustainability consulting service where we aim to integrate what we do around the core principles of achieving a zero carbon and circular economy, the ecological imperative of biodiversity enhancement, healthy environments for people and places, and consideration of the future needs and resilience of society and infrastructure.

    We have a strong focus around the natural and earth sciences and can provide a service which blends key skills in ecology, landscape, heritage, archaeology and arboricultural disciplines with environmental planning and management to reimagine projects and benefit sites.

    With over 30 years of experience, our areas of expertise include:

    • Ecology
    • Environmentalplanning and consenting
    • Landscape
    • Heritage
    • Archaeology
    • Carbon management
    • Arboriculture
    • Water consultancy
    • Air quality
    • Habitats creation

    We are framework suppliers too and have long term contracts with many of the major players in the transport infrastructure sector, residential and commercial land developers, energy providers and utilities, regulators, and Government as well as the national conservation bodies, charities, and utilities. We are also an IEMA QMark registered company and work hard to encourage the professional progression of our team to contribute to their own professional development and to developing high quality and innovative practice in environmental planning and related disciplines.

    We always seek to recruit dedicated professionals who are committed to achieving positive environmental and sustainability outcomes, with a track record of delivering for clients and for their colleagues.

  • Working for us

    Working for us

    Our culture is driven by our strength in teamwork and professionalism. We promote integrity and treat people with respect. We support each other and embrace diversity to create a place where people from every background can come together and do great things. We invest in our people and support professional development and are committed to supporting our people and giving them tools to make improvements to their health and wellbeing.

    Become part of our team!

  • Additional Information

    Additional Information

    Ecus is an equal opportunities employer, we provide a supportive friendly working environment, offer competitive salaries and flexible working.

  • How to apply

    Everything you need to know to get your application started

    If you are interested in applying but don’t meet all of the criteria, we still want to hear from you!

    Regardless of whether you currently tick all of the boxes, please get in touch with any questions or make an application. If you have specific or complex requirements please make contact to see how we could support to enable your success in this role. If you think you would be a good match and can demonstrate some transferable experience, we would love to hear from you.

    To apply for the role please complete the application below. If you require any reasonable adjustments or have any questions please email

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