Principal Ecologist/Head of Ecology Team (click here for details)

By enviroadmin
Monday, 16th November 2020
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Enviroguide Consulting is one of Ireland’s fastest growing multidisciplinary consultancy companies and our team members strive to be the best at what they do with a strong emphasis on quality, accuracy, and project ownership. We are currently providing services to the public and private sectors including to the pharmaceutical industry, property developers, network services, waste industries, Local Authorities and the EPA.

Enviroguide Consulting is seeking to recruit an experienced Principal Ecologist to become part of our expanding team and cater for the continued growing demand for our services. This presents an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to lead a dynamic team of environmental professionals who are specialists in their fields and who work in a collaborative, team environment to provide the highest quality services to our clients.

The appointment will be made at Principal Consultant or Technical Director level, depending on experience, and the successful candidate will be a key member of our Senior Management team. We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a positive attitude, an ability to motivate others and a demonstrated willingness to learn and keep up to date with changing legislation and industry trends and developments. 

The Role:

The main duties and responsibilities of the role will include the following:

  • Assume overall responsibility for the management of all aspects of the Ecology Team.
  • Act as Lead Consultant on all large-scale projects.
  • Oversee and manage ecological surveys, EIAR chapters on Biodiversity and ECIAs.
  • Mentor and train other ecologists.
  • Preparation of and/or peer review of AA Screening Reports, Natura Impact Statements, Biodiversity Chapters, Ecological Impact Assessments, Strategic Impact Assessments, and any other Ecology Documents/Reports as required.
  • Provide high level, expert reports on species, biodiversity, and conservation management.
  • Provide advice to clients on large- and small-scale planning applications.
  • Attend client project meetings and act as main point of contact with clients.
  • Ensure that the Ecology Projects Database is updated and maintained as required.
  • Proactively participate in the preparation of weekly updates and status reports, time management reporting, and the recording and reporting of key performance indicators;
  • Project budget management and business development.
  • Preparing of scope of work and fee proposal documents for new projects;
  • Managing project budgets to ensure scope of work is completed in allocated time, variances are highlighted, and project invoices issued;
  • Delivering fit-for-purpose project outputs within set deadlines;

Candidate Specification:

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualification, skills, knowledge and attributes:

  • Minimum Level 8+ qualification in ecology or related scientific subject.;
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in a similar role with comparable responsibility;
  • A demonstrable broad range of ecological experience on large-scale projects in key sectors;
  • An ability to manage the busy and varied workload of a team of ecologists;
  • A strong knowledge of both European and Irish Environmental and Planning legislation.
  • Proficiency in the conduct, analysis and reporting of ecological field surveys;
  • Excellent report writing and communication skills;
  • High level of attention to detail and quality focussed
  • An ability to build relationships with stakeholders and convey clear and concise information both written and verbal to colleagues, clients and third parties.
  • Full driving licence as travel is a prerequisite for the role.
  • Full CIEEM membership

General Duties and Responsibilities:

Health & Safety: All employees are required to adhere to Health & Safety Regulations and ensure best practice is met by both themselves and by their colleagues
Conduct: All employees are required to conduct themselves in a professional manner in accordance with company values, policies and codes of conduct as outlined in the employee handbook
Quality: All employees are expected to work within the systems, processes and procedures outlined within the department and / or company handbooks and to strive to provide the highest quality standards at all times
Flexibility: A reasonable degree of flexibility is required from all employees to meet the needs of the role, the department and the wider company

Location: Dublin or Wexford although remote working could be considered under certain conditions.

This full-time role offers a very competitive remuneration package and benefits for the right candidate which will reflect the importance of the role within a rapidly growing organisation.

To apply please send a detailed curriculum vitae to