CIEEM Protected Species Licenses Multi-Disciplinary Environmental PracticeSenior/Principal Level Ecologist - ReadingA well-established team of consultants with around 30 years of expertise in Landscape Architecture, Ecology, and Arboriculture is seeking accomplished individuals to join their teams in the South and support expansion efforts. As part of a larger group, the company operates from offices across the UK, engaging in a diverse range of projects within a multidisciplinary environmental practice.This role can be based in either a Milton Keynes or Reading office, both conveniently located near open countryside and local amenities. In this capacity, candidates will play key roles in establishing a new Ecology team, working alongside senior management and other Principal Ecologists. Responsibilities will include the development and support of both new and established junior staff to foster a collaborative team environment.For both positions, the company is seeking candidates with a higher level of experience, ranging from Senior to Principal level. Knowledge and experience with survey licenses for dormice and herpetofauna would be advantageous, along with expertise in mitigation and a track record of successfully submitting development licenses for these species. Candidates approaching this level of experience will also be considered. Familiarity with the preparation of Ecological Impact Assessments/Ecology Chapters for Environmental Impact Assessments is a plus.As the successful candidate for either role, you will: Hold a degree or equivalent qualification in ecology or a related discipline. Possess protected species licenses, with experience in development license application and supervision being advantageous. Be a Full member of the CIEEM. Demonstrate self-motivation, organisational skills, and effective communication abilities, including management/mentoring of junior staff as part of a team.Key Requirements: Excellent working knowledge of wildlife legislation, the planning process, habitat, and protected species surveying. Strong botanical skills and experience using relevant tools. Good understanding of Biodiversity Net Gain assessments. Proficiency in using relevant metrics, and the ability to liaise with clients, design teams, and local planning authorities. Project management experience, including preparing fee quotes and excellent technical report writing skills. Competent computer skills, including the use of relevant mapping and analysis software. Preparation and review of fee quotes for existing and prospective clients. Knowledge of risk assessments and health and safety. A full driving license is essential.The company offers a competitive salary based on experience, options for Hybrid Working, annual training opportunities, a TOIL scheme to cover survey work, annual professional membership subscription (CIEEM), a workplace pension scheme, team activity days, and a friendly office environment.Apply now to be considered for this amazing opportunity!