Jobs in Ecology

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We are currently recruiting for an ECOLOGIST!

Ecologist – Ballymoney, Northern Ireland

Kane Ecology Ltd is an established independent ecological consultancy based in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland. Specialising in bats, Kane Ecology provides ecological surveys and assessments for a wide range of habitats and species. As a result of continued business growth, we are now able to offer an exciting new opportunity to join our team.

Salary of £21-27k (depending on experience) plus benefits for a 37.5hr working week, with 28 days annual leave per year. This is a permanent position.

Key Duties:

  • Undertaking a wide range of species and habitat surveys, with a focus on bat surveys, to current industry guidance and best practice.
  • Data analysis including statistical analyses, spatial analyses in QGIS, 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 (Mar-Sep).
  • Producing high-quality ecological reports and advice on time and within budget.
  • Secure and manage a range of wildlife licences in relation to project needs, as required.
  • Managing projects, with support as required by the Director / Principal Ecologist / Senior Ecologist.
  • Providing training and support to external and internal clients.
  • Liaising with clients, stakeholders, and statutory agencies.
  • Management of Assistant Ecologists, volunteers, placements and sub-consultants as required.
  • Maintaining personal professional development.
  • Organise, repair and maintain equipment.
  • 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 lone working, unsocial hours, remote working, travel to sites across NI, GB and ROI, work on construction and demolition sites, carrying equipment up to 4Km 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.

Essential criteria:

  • Degree or post graduate degree in Ecology or a related discipline.
  • At least one years’ experience of conducting ecological surveys and assessments to include Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEAs) or Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, policies, and guidelines.
  • Experience in writing technical/scientific proposals, reports or plans.
  • Experience of working independently and managing projects to deliver to a high standard, on time and within budget
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Commitment to a high standard of work
  • Flexibility and reliability with the ability to work unsocial hours, sometimes at short notice
  • A full driving license and access to a car for business purposes.

Desirable criteria:

  • A good working knowledge of GIS (Geographic Information Systems).
  • Experience in conducting a range of bat surveys and assessments or mitigation works.
  • Experience in conducting ecological surveys and assessments for habitats or species other than bats.
  • Experience of people management.
  • Experience in securing and managing wildlife licences in relation to bats or other protected species.
  • Experience in producing successful mitigation plans and management plans for species and habitats.
  • Membership of CIEEM (Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management)
  • NPTC (National Proficiency Tests Council) (CS38) qualification in Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue.
  • Valid CSR (Construction Skills Register) card.
  • Valid ‘First Aid at Work’ training certificate
  • Experience in conducting Health and Safety risk assessments.

Our team benefits from flexible working, a Time Off In Lieu (TOIL) scheme, with all unsociable hours reimbursed at time and a half off in lieu and a friendly, inclusive working environment.

Each member of our team benefits from a competitive pension and benefits package and a generous budget for professional development.


All completed application forms must be returned by 5pm on 31 December 2019 via email to using “ECOLOGIST – APPLICATION FORM SUBMISSION” as the subject.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this job opportunity please email Dellwyn Kane ( or call 028 2024 9054.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held during the week commencing 20th January 2020.

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.

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