Career opportunity

Principal Ecological Consultant

Based at our Edinburgh or Basingstoke office with hybrid-working options available.

Whether you are looking to progress in professional standing or you bring years of experience, we support all employees in achieving their next career steps. By investing heavily in our people and the most up to date technology, we ensure that we remain at the forefront with our competitors. 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.

We are looking to appoint Principal Ecological Consultants to join us in delivering a vast range of multi-disciplinary projects; working closely with and providing value to a number of our long-term, highly respected clients.

This integral position is perfect for someone currently working as a Principal Ecologist, or a Senior Ecologist who is now ready to advance their career and take on a role with a greater level of responsibility. Whether you are looking to develop your own knowledge or impart your years of experience to others, you will be doing so with an award-winning environmental consultancy known for doing great work.

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

    You will use extensive technical experience across survey design and delivery, your experience of protected species mitigation and licences manage complex client sites, our large developments, and multi-species mitigation projects.

    All of our Consultants, from Graduates to Directors, represent the reputation and expertise of Ecus every day. This role involves leading key client meetings including design team meetings, providing best practice guidance and advice to customers, and handling complex communications. Therefore, we’re looking for someone who will bring an inherent customer focus along with a applied commerciality to provide the most appropriate and greatest value solutions to our clients.

    Our lesser experienced members of the team look to learn from, and develop skills alongside, Principal Consultants; and your role will regularly involve providing mentorship and supportive guidance to colleagues in your particular areas of specialism.

    In addition to this, we look for all of our Principal Ecological Consultants to be:

    • Authoritative in species mitigation and a mitigation license holder for at least one protected species with accomplished experience in mitigation for several further species
    • A Survey license holder for at least one species with an authoritative level of experience
    • Experienced in developing the skills and knowledge of others by providing focused mentorship in relation to your specialist area or providing ongoing support dedicated to the progression of another team member
    • Excellent at writing reports and carrying out quality control on others’ reports; with the adept handling of sensitive and confidential information
    • Highly proficient with Microsoft Office packages
    • A recognised degree in an environmental or ecological discipline and a Member of Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment or similar relevant professional body
  • 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 send your CV to our friendly Recruitment team at or call us on 0114 299 2409.

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