Assistant Ecologist Role

Company Background

Kane Ecology Ltd is a small ecological consultancy based in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland. Kane Ecology was established in 2013 on the principle that every development could, and should, have no net loss for biodiversity and has the potential to provide a net gain. We provide ecological consultancy services in relation to all species and habitats while specialising in bat surveys, assessments and mitigation. Kane Ecology has built a reputation for the highest professional standards resulting in a rapid growth in our client base year on year. As a result of continued business growth we are now able to offer a number of exciting new opportunities.

Job Description

Job Title:

Assistant Ecologist

Job details:

Approximately 15hrs/week; Temporary (approximately 21 weeks)

Reporting to:

Senior Ecologist

Responsible for:

Volunteers as required


Ballymoney office, working throughout Northern Ireland with the possibility of occasional work in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

Main purpose of the job:

  • Providing high quality ecological survey support for a range of projects to ensure delivery on time and within budget.
  • Supporting the Director / Principal Ecologist / Senior Ecologist with sales, marketing and business development.
  • Supporting the Director / Principal Ecologist / Senior Ecologist with administration, resourcing and business processes.

Key Duties:

  • Undertaking a range of species and habitat surveys, with a focus on nocturnal bat surveys, to current industry guidance and best practice.
  • Analysis of data to include bat call sound analysis and analysis of video footage.
  • Working outside of normal office hours on a regular basis during the bat and newt survey seasons.
  • Supporting the production of high-quality ecological reports and advice, when necessary, on time and within budget.
  • Liaising with clients, stakeholders and statutory agencies, as required.
  • Assisting with the supervision of volunteers and placements and supporting the Director / Principal Ecologist / Senior Ecologist / Ecologist with their overall management, as required.
  • Assisting the Director / Principal Ecologist / Senior Ecologist / Ecologist with sales, marketing and business development.
  • Maintaining personal professional development to keep expertise, skills and professional memberships up-to-date and to maximise range of skill set and accreditations.
  • Providing support for the Director / Principal Ecologist / Senior Ecologist / Ecologist and other teams with administration, financial and other business processes.
  • Providing support to the Director / Principal Ecologist / Senior Ecologist / Ecologist in maintaining and improving customer service standards.
  • Organise, repair and maintain equipment.
  • Contribute to business innovation including the development of business methods, products and services.
  • Understand and meet health and safety requirements, and take responsibility for safe working practices.
  • Any other duties as may be reasonably required from time to time.

Please note that work will include unsocial hours often at short notice, travel to sites across NI, GB and ROI, work on construction and demolition sites, carrying equipment up to 4Km during the day and at night over uneven and slippery surfaces. Appropriate health and safety policies and measures are in place to ensure risks are minimised as far as possible to protect our staff.

Personnel Specification

Essential Criteria:

  • Achieved or working towards a degree or postgraduate degree in Ecology or a related discipline.
  • Knowledge of ecological legislation, the planning system, and ecological survey and assessment techniques.
  • Experience in writing technical / scientific reports and plans.
  • Ability to work independently on multiple projects to deliver to a high standard, on time and within budget
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent IT skills including MS Office (including Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • A working knowledge of GIS (Geographic Information Systems).
  • Commitment to a high standard of work
  • Flexibility and reliability with the ability to work unsocial hours, sometimes at short notice
  • A full UK driving licence and access to a car for business purposes.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience in conducting ecological surveys and assessments.
  • Experience in conducting bat surveys.
  • Experience in securing and managing wildlife licences in relation to bats.
  • Experience of securing and managing wildlife licences in relation to protected species other than bats.
  • Experience of QGIS.
  • Membership of CIEEM (Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management)
  • Valid CSR (Construction Skills Register) card.
  • Valid ‘First Aid at Work’ training certificate
  • Experience in conducting risk assessments.
  • Knowledge/skill/experience of Python and / or R.

Terms and Conditions

In return we can offer you: 

  • Hourly rate of £8.50
  • 28 days annual leave per year (this will be calculated pro rata for part-time hours), including 11 public/bank holidays, with an additional day earned for each year of service to a maximum of 5 additional days.
  • Flexible working, subject to business needs.
  • Time Off In Lieu (TOIL) scheme with work during unsocial hours reimbursed via time-and-a-half off in lieu.
  • Travel expenses at £0.45/mile.
  • A friendly, inclusive working environment where you will be valued.
  • A diverse and varied workload.

Although this is a temporary part-time post there is the potential for this to be made permanent with full time hours in the future.

Equal Opportunities Statement

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of gender; age; race; religious / philosophical belief; political opinion; sexual orientation; or, whether they are single, married or are in a civil partnership; or, whether they are disabled; or whether they have undergone, are undergoing or intend to undergo gender reassignment.

Closing Date/Time:

1st March 2019 @ 5:00pm.

Application Details:

Job application forms can be downloaded from here: Job Application Form.

All completed application forms must be returned by the closing date/time to with “Assistant Ecologist Job Application” as the subject.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held during the week commencing 11th March 2019.