Ecological Consultant - OpenSpace

Great Orton, Carlisle
Closing date: Monday, 21 August 2017

OpenSpace is an Ecological Consultancy and Contracting Company based in the North of England just outside of Carlisle. We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, flexible and hardworking ecological consultant to work within our ecological team.

The role will involve working within the ecological consulting team delivering species consultancy work and undertaking a range of ecological consultancy. The role works within our close-knit team with a strong focus on sharing expertise.

You will be required to develop and sustain client relationships including project communication, manage client expectations, project contracts and respond to new opportunities to generate work.

Lead on delivering and co-ordinating Bat Species Surveys, assist with on-site survey work and report writing. Undertake other surveys including Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Scoping Surveys, Bird Surveys, Reptile Surveys, Great Crested Newt Surveys, Vegetation surveys and other species. Provide support to OpenSpace & Sub-consultant Ecologists including survey work, report writing and proof reading/project sign off.

Maintain and develop professional knowledge, practical skills and reporting methods. Includes expanding knowledge in Species Conservation and updates on current legislation and best practice.

Work within a small team with flexible working hours and flexible work approach. This includes assisting, where appropriate and following direction from the Director, other company work projects. This includes opportunities to work on multi-discipline projects with the conservation contracting team e.g. designing species related mitigation or management, as part of the contracting.

Person Specification:


  • Ecological, environmental or conservation qualification (NVQ, HND, Degree or equivalent)
  • Full Driving Licence - candidate must be fit to drive
  • Natural England Species Bat Licence (Level 1) or SNH Bat Licence equivalent

Skills (Essential Criteria)

  • A minimum of 2 years' ecological experience, with a preference for bat species work.
  • Good track record in coordinating and undertaking a range of ecological consultancy work.
  • A good understanding of the role of consultants within the commercial sector, identify and expand new areas of business for the ecology team and ability to develop and sustain client relationships.
  • Excellent report writing and oral communication skills.

Skills (Desirable)

  • Experience working in EPS Licence Projects and species mitigation projects.
  • The candidate to hold or be eligible to apply for full CIEEM Membership.


  • Interest in wildlife conservation and UK wildlife species.
  • Enthusiasm and a strong work ethic are essential.
  • Self-motivated with good planning and organisational skills
  • Work in a physically demanding environment due to the site conditions
  • Must demonstrate a collaborative and pro-active approach to work with team members and other OpenSpace business projects (good team player)

The successful candidate must be prepared to be flexible over travel and hours, especially during spring/summer survey season. There will be a requirement to be available to work in the evenings and early mornings, occasional other out of hours work and be away from home for one or more nights per week, as projects require.

If you are interested in this position please contact Andrea at, for more information and an application form.

posted: 24 July 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.