Principal Ecologist

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: £40,000 – £50,000

Hours: Full time (negotiable)

EAD Ecology is a thriving consultancy that provides specialist ecological services to developers, landowners, planners, utilities and local government. Our values underpin everything that we do – excellence in our work; the way we continuously learn and adapt; the support and respect that we have for each other; our client-focus; and our passion for the environment. Established in 2003, we have a track record of outstanding commercial success, combined with a reputation for delivering high-quality ecological outputs and having a respected, experienced and supportive team. It is an exciting time to be part of the company as we have recently become employee owned.

We wish to recruit a Principal Ecologist. The post is based at our office near Exeter in Devon – situated on the banks of the River Clyst and enjoying stunning views across the estuary. The successful candidate will help to deliver complex and interesting projects, support our team of dedicated and talented ecologists; and build and develop relationships with clients and project teams across a range of sectors.

What we will offer you:

  • A dynamic role within a respected, values-driven, employee-owned company.
  • The chance to work as part of an experienced, supportive and welcoming team.
  • A competitive salary and pension; as well as a profit-share through our Employee Ownership Trust.
  • Three paid days a year to volunteer for your chosen charity.
  • Flexible working, split between office, home and site.
  • An exciting and interesting portfolio of projects.
  • First-class training, support and mentoring.

Look at our main careers page to see what our staff think about working here. To be considered for this role you will need:

  • A good relevant degree.
  • Previous professional experience, including at the Senior Ecologist level (or equivalent).
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clients, design teams, planners and regulators.
  • Confidence in the preparation of technical reports, including EcIAs, HRAs, BNG assessments, ES Ecology chapters and Ecological Management Plans.
  • Commercial awareness and aptitude for business development.
  • Full Membership of CIEEM; Chartered Ecologist/Environmentalist would be an advantage.
  • A Full UK driving licence.

If you would like to be considered, please send a CV and covering letter to