Principal Ecologist (Aquatic/ Marine)

Cork, Dublin, Mayo, Galway
Industry Sector:
Ecology Jobs, Marine Jobs, Eco Jobs, Green Jobs, GIS Jobs, Ecological Jobs, Marine Science Jobs
Job Category:
Ecologist, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Ecological Consultant, Marine Scientist
Job Type:
Education Level:
Bachelors degree
£60,000 per annum
Salary Description:
Excellent package and remuneration
Start Date:
ASAP/ Stardard
Gaia Talent
Job Ref:

Gaia Talent is seeking an experienced Principal or Senior Ecologist to join our client’s expanding environmental team.

Applicants should have at least 6 years’ experience in a range of infrastructure projects, with particular experience in coordinating Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and statutory consent applications. Experience in writing and technical reviews of Environmental Impact Assessment Reports, Ecological Impact Assessments, and Habitats Directive Appropriate Assessments is a distinct advantage.

Minimum requirements:
  • Relevant third-level degree (Level 8 or higher);
  • Minimum of 6 years of post-qualification experience, most of which will have been gained in an ecology role within planning or environmental consultancy;
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM);
  • Delivery of but not limited to EIAR, NIS, EcIA, and AA;
  • Leading, coordinating, and contributing to EIA projects for major infrastructure projects including all stages of EIA.
  • Experience in one or more technical areas of relevance to marine EIA e.g., aquatic ecology, marine ecology, ornithology, commercial fisheries;
  • Experience in fresh water and marine consent management and compliance;
  • Experience in consent-related technical assessments such as the Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), Water Framework Directive (WFD), European Protected Species (EPS), and/or Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) Assessment.
  • Experience in liaison with statutory consultees and the development of environmental mitigation proposals;
  • Understanding of the consent and licensing frameworks for terrestrial and offshore infrastructure in Ireland;
  • Strong technical report writing skills;
  • Excellent planning, project management, and leadership skills;

The following would be advantageous:
  • Postgraduate qualification (Master's or Doctorate);
  • Chartered by a professional body such as CIEEM;
  • Experience in large-scale freshwater, wastewater, and marine infrastructure projects;
  • Experience in tender preparation;
  • Experience in managing client relationships. 
  • Applicants should hold a full clean driver’s license and a vehicle so they can travel for surveys.

What the client offers:
  • An attractive remuneration (from €60,000 onwards DOE)
  • Hybrid working
  • Pension contribution
  • Life cover
  • PHI
  • Membership subscription to a professional body
  • Active CPD programme
  • Continuous career development

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