Senior Ecologist

Ironside Farrar Ltd

We are looking for an experienced senior ecologist to join our award-winning Edinburgh
practice. The successful applicant will work within the EIA team as well as alongside our wider
environmental, planning, landscape and design teams on a number of high profile and challenging
projects. We deliver Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) other forms of environmental
planning advice and assessment for a range of clients and project types across Scotland.

You will contribute fully to multi-disciplinary teams and projects. You must have an excellent
standard of fieldwork, graphic and written communication and presentation and enjoy a fast
paced and varied workload. You will be responsible for supporting a variety of
multi-disciplinary projects, with a key focus on supporting on a range of ecological surveys,
managing field data and the delivery of technical reports.


  • A degree in biology/ecology or directly related subject. An additional higher degree in a
    relevant subject would be an advantage.
  • Experience in the UK ecological consultancy market with a strong client facing approach
  • Excellent field skills in habitats and protected/notable species. The majority of our work
    is in Scotland so Scottish based experience would be an advantage.
  • Experience in planning, assisting and delivering baseline species/habitat surveys to fulfil
    project requirements related to planning applications, EIA, HRA etc.
  • Excellent knowledge, understanding and experience of applying relevant guidance for
    surveys. This includes experience in undertaking protected species surveys, as well as habitat
    / botanical surveys (UKHab/Phase 1).
  • Personal conservation licence for/working towards at least one protected species and
    experience of obtaining or working under a variety of protected species licences and liaising
    with regulatory bodies to negotiate and obtain consents.
  • Strong knowledge of wildlife legislation including planning processes and/or EIA/HRA
    assessments and undertaking surveys.
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management or equivalent
  • Proficiency in report writing skills, displaying high standards with attention to detail
    and ability to write accurate and concise reports, such as ecological appraisals, survey
    reports, method statement
  • Experience in preparation and writing robust ecological sections of environmental impact
  • Willingness to travel and undertake fieldwork across Scotland to support our project teams
    (access to transport can be provided).

The practice is an Equal Opportunities Employer and offers mentoring and internal and external
professional training and CPD. We offer a competitive salary and conditions dependent on skills
and experience.

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