Assistant Ecologist – Wakefield

The Ecology Consultancy

The Ecology Consultancy was established in 1999 and is now one of the largest dedicated consultancies owned and run by ecologists in the country. We are passionate about what we do and our staff enjoy working in a friendly and supportive environment. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work, our ability to influence scheme design for the benefit of biodiversity and enjoy working closely with our clients’ design teams.

The Ecology Consultancy has developed a sound reputation for delivering objective, high-quality work to clients in the private, public and voluntary sectors and along with its sister environmental consultancy Temple, it forms part of Temple Group. Our principal areas of work are habitat and protected species surveys, watching brief and Ecological Clerk of Works, Ecological Impact Assessment, and Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM assessments, as well as providing training and advice, on a wide range of projects from major infrastructure projects such as HS2 to single dwellings and barn conversions.

We are passionate about what we do and strive to create friendly and supportive working environment and are developing a structured programme to assist staff in their career progression.

Assistant Ecologist

We are seeking to employ an assistant ecologist, initially on short-term contracts to work within our newly established team in our Wakefield office. We are looking for a confident, enthusiastic and experienced team player who has both a personal interest and a desire to extend their knowledge. Under the direction of our team leader, the work will centre on conducting bat, reptile and great crested newt surveys and assistance with other areas of our work as required.

The post will be based from our Wakefield and occasionally Manchester office with the main areas of work being Yorkshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, Cumbria and Derbyshire. The project-based nature of our work means that there will be a requirement to undertake such travel and, longer periods of working away from home.

Essential skills and aptitudes

  • An appropriate degree qualification.
  • Experience of reptile, great crested newt and bat surveys.
  • Ability to identify native herpetofauna to species, life stage and sex.
  • Be willing to work during evenings and at weekends where needed.
  • Have a full clean UK driving licence.
  • Good data presentation and report writing skills.
  • A valid CSCS card.

Desirable skills and aptitudes

  • A valid CSCS card.
  • A great crested newt survey licence.
  • Experience with other species groups as well as the ability to identify habitats and indicator plant species.
  • Experience of mitigation sites.
  • Experience of Ecological Clerk of Works.
  • CIEEM Graduate or Associate Membership.

What do we offer? 

  • Salary on a scale commensurate with experience from £19,250.00 – £20,150.00.
  • 25 days Annual leave (pro rata).
  • Structured and generous career development and training budget (The Orchard).
  • Socials, games nights, volunteering days through our staff engagement and development initiative (PASE).
  • Flextime, working from home and Time Off In Lieu.
  • Flexible location working.
  • Auto enrolment pension scheme (after 3 months service).


Applications (your CV and a covering letter) should be emailed to: or posted to The Ecology Consultancy, Trinity Walk, Unit G37b, Market Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1QR.

Applications ongoing so please send as soon as possible, deadline for applications is Friday June 1st 2018.

The Ecology Consultancy aims to promote equality of opportunity, dignity and due respect for all employees and clients as is consistent with the company’s Equalities Policy.


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