Assistant Ecologist

As a result of continued business growth, we are now excited to invite applications for an Assistant Ecologist to join our team!

We are looking for someone to provide high-quality ecological survey and assessment support, with a focus on bat surveys, for a range of projects to ensure delivery on time and within budget.

Assistant Ecologist Key Duties

Our Assistant Ecologist role involves:

  • 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, often 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.


The successful candidate will join our team based in Ballymoney. The role will involve travelling throughout Northern Ireland with the possibility of occasional travel to Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. Working from home may be required during Covid-19 related restrictions.

Essential Criteria

The successful candidate will have:

  • Achieved or be working towards a degree or post graduate degree in Ecology or a related discipline.
  • 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).
  • Commitment to a high standard of work
  • Flexibility and reliability with the ability to work unsocial hours, sometimes at short notice.
  • A full driving licence and access to a car for business purposes.

Desirable Criteria

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience of conducting bat surveys.
  • Experience of conducting ecological surveys and assessments.
  • A working knowledge of GIS (Geographic Information Systems), particularly QGIS.
  • Knowledge of ecological legislation, the planning system, and ecological survey and assessment techniques.
  • Membership of CIEEM (Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management)
  • Valid CSR (Construction Skills Register) card.
  • Valid ‘First Aid at Work’ training certificate
  • Experience of conducting/implementing risk assessments.

Assistant Ecologist Job Terms

The successful applicant will be provided with all training required to conduct professional bat surveys to a high standard and in accordance with the current industry best practice methods. This will include training in the use of full-spectrum bat detectors and QGIS mapping software.

  • This is a temporary ‘zero hours’ contract expected to last for approximately 21 weeks. However, opportunities for extensions to this contract exist along with opportunities for career progression within the company.
  • Hourly rate of £9.50
  • 28 days annual leave per year (this will be calculated pro rata for part-time hours), and includes 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.
  • Optional workplace pension scheme.
  • A friendly, inclusive working environment where you will be valued.
  • A diverse and varied workload.

Closing Date/Time:

Friday 4th February 2022 @ 5:00pm

How to apply:


Application forms must be downloaded from:

All completed application forms must be returned by the closing date/time via email to using “ASSISTANT ECOLOGIST – APPLICATION FORM SUBMISSION” as the subject.

Interviews are anticipated to take place during mid to late February 2022.

The successful applicant will have a start date in late April 2022.

If you have any queries or problems relating to this vacancy or the application process please email using “ASSISTANT ECOLOGIST” as the subject.

Equal Opportunities Statement

We are an equal opportunities employer. 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.