Principal / Associate Ecologist in Sheffield

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £38,000 per year
Recruiter: LUC
Job Hours: Part-time

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London, Cardiff, Bristol, Manchester, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Glasgow Ref 2023-31 About the role: At LUC we are actively contributing to national and local responses to the nature recovery, due to our position as consultant to a range of government, LPA, charitable Trusts and private clients.

Our strategic ecology team is at the centre of this important work, creating a bridge between our ecology, planning and landscape disciplines.

Our clients understand the importance of considering ecological opportunities from the outset of their strategic landscape-scale or policy projects, and so demand for our support has increased.

We’re seeking to appoint a Principal or Associate Ecologist with a strategic mindset to further develop and support our committed team.

Based within, and supported by, our existing Strategic Ecology team, the successful candidate will have a strong, established background in ecology, be highly collaborative with a positive outlook to work across the practice and bring their ecological knowledge to strategic projects.

Our Strategic Ecology team frequently collaborates with our planning and landscape management colleagues on the delivery of truly integrated, landscape-scale assessments, strategies and supporting management plans for a wide range of public, private and third sector clients.

Current examples include the preparation of Local Nature Conservation Site Reviews, Nature Recovery and Biodiversity Action Plans, Green Infrastructure Studies, and Strategic BNG Capacity Studies.

Consultation and collaborative working with other technical disciplines form a common thread through all.

Our work is varied and collectively the team holds a broad range of skills.

If some of the ‘experience and qualifications’ listed below resonate with your skills and passion, we’d love to hear from you.

Reporting to our Strategic Ecology lead, the role will include: Management and delivery of ecological evidence-base assessments to deliver nature recovery within land use planning at a range of spatial scales.

Developing innovative project methodologies founded in strong science in response to land planning and management challenges.

Applying ecological knowledge to challenges for net zero and other ecosystem services.

Management of projects – both field and office elements – to meet our highest quality standards.

Supporting growth for you and the team through new project opportunities and business development initiatives.

Line management and mentoring of colleagues, including contribution to research and training initiatives The role includes the opportunity to share and participate actively in the management and ownership of the business through the Employee Ownership Trust, which places full ownership of the company with the employees.

A full-time role is based on 37.

5 hours per week (Monday to Friday).

However, LUC has a strong track record in flexible working.

We have been recognised for our working culture, so we are happy to discuss a range of flexible working options for this role, including part time hours (minimum 30 hours per week) if desired.

Salary range: £38,000 – £55,000 FTE, depending on experience (including London allowance of £4,000 if applicable).

This is a great time to be joining LUC.

Since its creation nearly 60 years ago, LUC has been driven by the belief that landscape has a critical role to play in shaping the world around us for the better.

This work has never been more important.

About you: The role will allow you to join with LUC as we respond to the climate and nature crises through our exciting project work.

The successful candidate will complement our existing enthusiastic and dedicated ecology team.

You will share our commitment to high quality science and be motivated to help develop our staff and our business, as an equal partner.

In this role you will expect to develop your career through actively contributing to LUC’s award-winning portfolio with diverse and challenging projects.

LUC is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and we actively encourage applications from under-represented groups.

We value the differences, needs and contributions a diverse workforce represents, and we strive to embed equality, diversity and inclusion in all our people related activities.

Experience and Qualifications Essential Strong working knowledge of UK ecology (generalist or specialist).

Working knowledge of relevant emerging policy and legislation.

Appropriate professional qualification at a relevant level.

Desirable Experience in the design and/or delivery of habitat or broader land management plans, at a range of scales.

Experience in the application of biodiversity and/or environmental metrics.

Demonstrable knowledge of ecosystem services and/or natural capital (generalist or specialist).

Familiarity with the use of strategic datasets.

Experience of stakeholder engagement and collaborative problem-solving.

Demonstrable work-winning and business development skills.

Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

Please apply by uploading your CV and covering letter here LUC is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and we actively encourage applications from under-represented groups.

We value the differences, needs and contributions a diverse workforce represents, and we strive to embed equality, diversity and inclusion in all our people related activities.

About LUC: LUC offers landscape, planning, impact assessment, ecology and geospatial consultancy, working primarily across the UK but also overseas.

We became a fully employee-owned business in January 2020, sharing profits on an equal basis and involving everyone in key decisions.

This helps secure our continued independence as well as aligning our governance structure with our culture and values.

Our people are united by a determination to achieve sustainable development on behalf of our clients.

With the current climate and biodiversity emergencies in mind, we ensure that all our work promotes climate change mitigation and resilience.

We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of innovative thinking, successfully resolving even the most complex of issues.

We care about the legacy we leave and hope to make a real difference through the work we do.

Whether we’re advising a commercial developer, Government agency, local authority, utility company or voluntary organisation, we take a collaborative approach.

We also put our client and the environment, at the heart of the process.

Our approach has delivered high client and employee satisfaction, a healthy financial position for everyone who is part of the company, and numerous industry and employer awards.


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