Principal Ecologist

United Kingdom (UK)
Industry Sector:
Conservation Jobs, Ecology Jobs, Environmental Jobs, Biodiversity Jobs, Nature Jobs, Nature Conservation Jobs, Stakeholder Engagement Jobs, Rewilding Jobs
Job Category:
Legal/Regulatory, Management, Project Management, Policy, Specialist & Technical, Development, Ecologist, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Monitoring, Planning, Reporting, Surveying, Ecological Consultant
Job Type:
Education Level:
Please see job description
£40,000 to £50,000 per annum
Salary Description:
Depending on experience
Start Date:
February/ March 2024
Job Ref:
GreenJobs - A090124

Principal Ecologist 
We are dedicated to recovering nature, by designing and delivering efficient and scalable nature-based solutions for both people and the planet. 
Are you excited at the prospect of joining a passionate, innovative and forward thinking team working towards a goal of Rewilding half the planet by 2050? Do you want to use your current skills and knowledge to help make a difference?  
If so, we might have the ideal job for you. 

About us

Ecosulis specialise in technology-powered nature restoration for people, planet, and progress. We’re making rewilding commercially viable to accelerate the vision of a recoverable earth within our lifetime. Our experts advise and deliver landscape-scale habitat restoration projects across the UK, while our practical ecologists work in collaboration with many major contractors. We also have a teams of nature recovery and rewilding specialists delivering a variety of projects for landowners and corporates. Ecosulis has invested in cutting-edge technology, pioneering science-based nature-based consultancy and contracting for over 30 years.  

We see a future where rewilding is not only a way to develop more space for wild nature or to benefit our health and wellbeing, but also a financially viable market. We see opportunity for everyone to add value, driving positive impact at a global scale. This is a story of what can be achieved, rather than what needs to be done.

Click here to find out more information. 

About the role

The Principal Ecologist will provide experienced guidance, technical advice, input, and support to projects and personnel within the Project Delivery team.   We are open to also hear from any ambitious senior ecologists who are looking for a new challenge. Here at Ecosulis we are always committed and dedicated to helping our staff grow and develop within their role and help them progress within their career. If you’re wanting development or a challenge, we want to hear from you!

Key roles and responsibilities:

• Accountable for the quality, coordination, resourcing and programming of a diverse range of projects across the team,
• Leading and managing on budgets, SHEQ KPIs and deadlines, providing a high level of technical expertise and support across the company,
• Technical review and input of all written client deliverables, e.g., mitigation licence applications, management plans, ecological reports, bids and quotations,
• Reporting on project risk management to the Senior Leadership Team,
• Liaising with clients and stakeholders,
• Leading and developing in-house junior ecologists and interns by coaching and mentoring on technical issues to strengthen the team,
• Undertake site surveys,
• Provide technical expert ecological guidance to the wider Ecosulis team where necessary.

About you

As well as having high attention to quality and detail, you will have the ability to multi-task and work proactively and flexibly in a dynamic environment, whilst possessing strong prioritisation and organisation skills. Excellent client and stakeholder engagement skills would make you a desirable fit for this position.

Other key skills and experience required:

• Excellent knowledge of UK and EC wildlife legislation and policy and of applying relevant guidance for surveys 
• Detailed knowledge of ecological & rewilding principles, biodiversity metrics, relevant environmental and ecological impact assessment (EcIA) legislation, policy and guidance 
• Proven track record in writing and delivering Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEAs), writing and/or delivering Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) assessments, Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIAs) and Ecology Chapters for Environmental Statements which have been successfully consented. 
• Excellent commercial and project management skills for a range of project sizes 
• Experience of technical & quality review of a full suite of ecological reports 

Experience in line management and leading a team would be advantageous. 

More information

• Job type: Full time – permanent
• Start date: February/March 2024
• Salary: £40,000 - £50,000 depending on experience 
• Location: The role will be home based with travel to site, client meetings and management meetings as needed. 

A full UK driving licence and use of own vehicle will be required for this position.

Company benefits 
What will you receive from us? 
At Ecosulis we believe in meaningful benefits. We have designed our benefits package to ensure your employees feel supported through main life event as well as the day-to-day. We don’t believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to our employee benefits, so you will be entitled to the below upon starting with us: 
• Access to our Occupational Health Platform and EAP for wellbeing support 
• Access to our Reward Hub platform.  
• Remote Working for our ‘home-based’ roles. 
• Welcome pack upon joining. 
• Employee Referral Scheme. 
• Internal Reward Points Scheme. (so, you can reward your peers) 
And the following upon completion of your 3 months' probation period: 
• 3% company pension.  
• Enhanced benefits supporting our employees through lifetime milestones. 
• Compressed hours. 
• CDP training allowance per year. 
• Discounted holiday scheme. 
• Brand new Fitbit. 
• Access to our Healthcare Cash plan 
• Access to the Bike-to-Work Scheme 
You will also receive an extra day’s holiday for each year that you are with the company and have a chance to win a £50 amazon voucher when entering our monthly Friday photo competition.  
We also encourage our employees as part of the flexible working arrangements, to take regular breaks and take time to spend outside when possible. 

How to apply

To apply for the position please send your CV and covering letter to

For further information or any questions regarding the position please do email our recruitment manager Josh at

You can also email our HR team on if you have any queries regarding the company and our onboarding process.  

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Ecosulis is an equal opportunities employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  

At Ecosulis we encourage applications from women, disabled and Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are under-represented throughout our industry. Appointment will always however be made on merit and judged against the job description and person specification.  

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