Freshwater Aquatic Ecologist

Freshwater Aquatic Ecologist 

All levels considered

Guildford or Cardiff

Full time, permanent

Are you a freshwater aquatic ecologist, looking for your next exciting role in the commercial sector?  If you are commercially aware, self-motivated, organised, with excellent communication and project management skills, we would love to hear from you!

The role

We are looking for a technical specialist to join our small, dynamic team. You will be responsible for leading surveys and undertaking data analysis, including the interpretation of aquatic ecology indices describing the status or health of a river system.  The role will also include project management and delivery of the macroinvertebrate, diatom and phytoplankton work streams.  You will support the delivery of fish population monitoring and fish rescue work, undertaking river ecology habitat scores.  

You will either be working at Assistant level, or already be an established consultant with a wealth of experience within commercial consultancy and as such, you will ideally have experience of undertaking business development, preparing quotes and tenders, and building client relationships.

You will

• have relevant and proven experience in a similar role, specifically within the commercial environmental sector

• have macroinvertebrate identification skills to at least family level (TL3) and ideally mixed taxon level (TL5)

• hold a degree or postgraduate degree (or equivalent) in Aquatic Ecology, Hydro-ecology or a related subject

• be technically competent, with an in-depth knowledge of aquatic ecology, legislation, and survey techniques

• have excellent written and verbal communication skills; be able to produce meticulous and accurate technical reports as well as communicate confidently with clients and stakeholders

• be organised with proven ability to multi-task and handle several projects simultaneously

• be able and willing to travel and stay away from home

• have a full UK driving licence and use of a car

• have a positive outlook and a strong desire to succeed.

Ideally, you will 

• have experience of leading and motivating a team of both site and office based staff

• have a proven work winning track record and experience of preparing bids and tenders, winning work and generating new business opportunities.

About us

Thomson Environmental Consultants are experts in environmental compliance. Our specialist teams have been advising our clients across various sectors, on how to achieve their objectives and meet required environmental compliance since 2004. We cover a breadth of specialisms and are always pragmatic with our advice. With offices in Guildford, Leeds, Cardiff, and Birmingham, our teams assist with ecological advice, surveys and assessments, habitat design and creation, ecological contracting, invasive species management, freshwater and marine consultancy, arboriculture consultancy and contracting, data management and mapping and last, but not least, marine laboratory services (invertebrates, fish and sediment analyses).

You’ll be joining a happy, friendly workplace, guided by our values of Respect, Integrity, Support and Excellence. 

You’ll enjoy all the benefits we have to offer, including; 

• 5 weeks annual leave per year (pro rata)

• private pension contributions 

• collaborative and supportive culture 

• flexible working

• fantastic on-the-job training

• opportunities for career progression

• regular social events, including a Summer and Christmas party!

• paid mileage, travel & subsistence, whilst away from home

• discounted gym membership

• free parking 

• the option to take extended periods of leave during quieter months

• cycle to work scheme

• discounted outdoor clothing

• fully stocked kitchen, including unlimited supply of biscuits, with the odd cake thrown in for good measure!

What can you expect from life at Thomson? 

Read some of our employee testimonials:

Thomson has provided me with the opportunity to manage a diverse portfolio of projects from a variety of sectors. The company fosters a positive atmosphere where everyone feels valued. The support team are fantastic and work tirelessly to make life easier for everyone else. Thomson thrives on innovation and actively engages with research institutes to improve the effectiveness of its survey methods. People are recognised for their achievements and there are plenty of opportunities for career progression. I recommend Thomson for anyone considering a career in ecology.

Will T

Thomson offers its staff a great culture in which to thrive. With an open door policy, supportive team environment and flexible working, it creates a happy and productive work place. Our CEO is always keen to explore new ventures, making Thomson an exciting place to work and let’s not forget our amazing staff parties organised by our very own social team!

Finance Team

Thomson really cares about its staff, providing flexible working arrangements to help people work around their family commitments. The team culture is great with lots of support and training opportunities. I have always felt genuinely supported and respected, making me want to give my best back to the company.

Kate T

This is a permanent position based at our head office on the picturesque Surrey Research Park in Guildford, or in central Cardiff.  The successful candidate will live within commuting distance of these offices, or be prepared to relocate.  

Please apply as soon as possible with your CV and a convincing covering letter outlining your suitability for the role (max 500 words) to

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