Ecologist

  • Job Reference: 210900
  • Date Posted: 16 April 2021
  • Employer: Kier Ltd
  • Website: https://www.kier.co.uk/
  • Location: Bristol
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: Competitive + benefits
  • Sector: Construction
  • Job Type: Full Time

Job Description

Job Title: Ecologist
Location: Avonmouth - Bristol
Business Area: Highways
Contract: Permanent Full Time

You're more than a number in the No.1 Highways Service team.

Kier Group is the UK's leading highways service provider, delivering an incredibly diverse range of road, bridge and tunnel projects - from planning and programming stage through to delivery, maintenance and operation. We work with a wide range of partners such as local authorities and Highways England to improve the quality and safety of UK roads - making us the No.1 highways and tunnel maintenance team across the country, delivering over £1 billion of social value by maintaining 31,000km of roads used by six million people in their everyday lives.

The Environment Team provides specialist support to the South West Services Contract, in particular the completion of ecological surveys, ecological impact assessment of projects, on site supervision, Environmental feasibility studies and scheme designs.


As Ecologist you will be responsible for assisting the Senior Environment & Sustainability Manager and Environmental Design Team Lead to coordinate and advise on all ecological and sustainability issues across the South West DSC, with a particular focus on the northern region. The role will be a point of contact for ecological issues and will assist in implementing the sustainability strategy.

You will conduct ecological surveys and contribute to the environmental impact assessment of works proposals, including the recommendation, design and implementation of appropriate mitigation. Provide ecological advice, support and watching briefs to schemes under construction, promoting environmental principles and best practice throughout the commission.

The role will see you assisting with the supervision, inspection and site approval of relevant sub-contractor works. Producing Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIAs) if required and supporting with the delivery of HE BAP actions, targets and reporting. You will provide a focal point for the Client and DSC Teams on ecological and environmental matters, while working with statutory bodies, members of the public and local authorities
What do we need from you?
Do you have what it takes to join Kier as an Ecologist? We're on the lookout for someone who has an Environmental/Sustainability degree (or equivalent), who is ideally a member of an environmental/sustainability institute (IEMA), and ideally working towards Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv).
In terms of your experience and knowledge, we're asking that you have experience in ecological surveys including Extended Phase 1 habitat surveys and protected species surveys, good understanding of Environmental Impact Assessment experience, preferably with use of the Highways Agency guidance document 'Design Manual for Roads & Bridges' (DMRB).
You will need to have previous experience of flora and fauna species, and associated legislation. Along with an understating and experience with the HA BAP, UK BAP and local BAPs and possession of protected species licenses (bat and dormouse).

What will you receive?

In return you can expect a competitive salary and an outstanding package that includes a matched pension scheme up to 7.5%, 26 days' annual leave (with the opportunity to buy or sell holiday), two employee Share Scheme options, together with additional valuable benefits such as:

  • Free Life Assurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Access to Kier Rewards, our exclusive Discount Shopping Site with deals available at over 800 retailers
  • Plus, many more benefits geared to your wellbeing


    Pre-employment checks

    It's worth remembering that if you are successful, we'll undertake the relevant / standard pre-employment checks after you have been offered a job. This includes taking up your references, verifying your right to work in the UK, verifying your driving licence (if applicable) and a health assessment.


    Make the journey. Leave a legacy.

    Being part of Kier means living our values of being Collaborative, Trusted and Focused. We all have the potential to shape our world, and it's through these values that we will leave a lasting legacy. Bring your talent and ambition to Kier and you will be given the scope and opportunity to invest in your own future, to build your expertise and contribute to a rich and diverse culture.

    Kier is an inclusive employer.

    Closing Date: 13th May 2021

    Please note, interviews may take place before the closing date, and we reserve the right to close applications early.