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Principal Ecologist Bat Specialist


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Job Description

What your new role will entail;

AECOM is looking for a Principal Ecologist to join our established UK&I Nature team.

Depending on the location, your interests and skillset, and the season you could be leading on work winning, working on Advanced Bat Survey Techniques, using innovative techniques for species surveys, and data capture and reporting, as well as be active in the management, coaching and mentoring of the team.

The role will require you to:

  • Actively support the health, safety and well-being of the team and other colleagues;
  • Lead or support with the preparation of high quality and commercially astute bids and tenders for ecological services, notably in the energy, defence, and water sectors.
  • OverseePlan, schedule and organise ecological project work, ensuring necessary resources, budgets and controls are in place to meet both programme and budget requirements;
  • Lead or support delivery of high-quality ecological consultancy and advisory services to both internal and external clients, including through our check and review processes;
  • Support development of technically robust and pragmatic solutions to complex ecological issues;
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with other members of the ecology team, within projects and with clients by telephone, electronically and in both Teams and face to face meetings;
  • Lead or support with the production of ecology chapters for environmental statements and protected species licence applications;
  • Author or technically check project deliverables to ensure high quality outputs;
  • Support the continued development of our technical capabilities and reach;
  • Support with specific tasks, innovation or sector engagement.

Being part of the team;

This role will include a combination of field, office and home working (can be hybrid based) and be located , working at one of UK main offices, preferably either in Leeds, Newcastle or Manchester though other locations may be considered.

At AECOM, our commitment to shaping a sustainable future is embodied in the Environment & Sustainability Business in one of the Top Environmental Consultancies. This seamlessly integrates Planning & Communities, Carbon & Advisory, and Nature that collectively deliver sustainable solutions for our clients, promoting social and environmental benefit.

Our Nature team encompasses two Practices — Ecology and Natural Capital — which together comprise experts spread across multiple offices, who form a synergistic alliance dedicated to pioneering innovative solutions to support an environmental carbon and nature positive future. From large-scale ecological survey programmes to integrating nature into decision-making and investment planning, our team champions nature-based solutions.

With a wealth of experience, knowledge, and specialist skill sets, our Ecology team includes national and global leaders located across the UK and Republic of Ireland, from species licence holders to experts in impact assessment, habitat creation, ecosystem restoration, enhancement, and management. Our diverse team of professionals not only influence policy and guidance but steer practical and collaborative design decisions that promote positive outcomes.


Here’s what we will need from you;

  • Proven track record of planning and delivery ecological services on projects in the UK or Ireland;
  • Well-developed understanding of relevant wildlife conservation or in relation to a least one major habitat type or species;
  • Protected species licences, ideally you will hold a Natural England Level 2 licence or higher;
  • You will be confident undertaking bat roost assessments of buildings and trees, planning and leading surveys and preparing technical reports.
  • Use of thermal cameras and / or night vision equipment;
  • Membership of an appropriate professional institution and evidence of working towards Chartership.
  • A proactive approach to Health and Safety;
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Positive behaviours and values with respect to client care, pragmatic decision making and building working relationships, including as a team player;

Additional Information

You can learn more about us here: 2023 AECOM Candidate Brochure (



AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.