AECOM Principal Aquatic Ecologist in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Midlothian, Edinburgh

Alternate Locations UK - Glasgow

Job Summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Principal Aquatic Ecologist to join the Aquatic Ecology Team of a large and successful international consultancy with multidisciplinary offices throughout the UK. The appointed applicant will be based in AECOM’s Edinburgh office (or, depending upon the candidate, in our Glasgow office) and will have a good understanding of all disciplines of freshwater ecology and in particular fish identification, survey specifications and mitigation (particularly in relation to fish passage and weir removal), and the sampling, identification and interpretation of macroinvertebrates and macrophytes in freshwater habitats. They will be able to analyse and interpret the data they’ve collected and provide robust technical opinion based upon it.

The successful applicant will join a growing, friendly and highly motivated team and will contribute to a diverse range of projects including baseline data collection for major infrastructure and utility developments, habitat restoration projects for local authorities and regulators and pollution response surveys and water quality investigations. A key responsibility of the successful candidate will be to develop and grow AECOM’s portfolio of aquatic ecology projects in Scotland and the wider UK and Ireland. The successful candidate will therefore work on multi-disciplinary projects across Scotland and elsewhere in the UK and Ireland, collaborating with twenty other aquatic ecologists across the business.

The role offers excellent career progression opportunities within AECOM and you will have the opportunity to influence how the team continues to grow and develop. Technically you will have a good understanding of all disciplines of freshwater ecology to potentially include algae, macroinvertebrates, macrophytes and fish in freshwater and transitional habitats.

The successful candidate would contribute to opportunities in aquatic ecology being developed by AECOM for a range of clients by:

  • Contributing, in a critical role, their expertise in aquatic ecology.

  • Supporting the Scottish Ecology Team, and the wider UK Aquatic Ecology Team, with project work and business development.

  • Providing a technical lead for aquatic ecology in Scotland, including in relation to fish, macroinvertebrates, macrophytes and aquatic habitat assessments.

  • Mentoring more junior staff, supporting their written, analytical and field skills and developing their identification techniques in all freshwater disciplines.

  • Authoring and reviewing input to reports, devising monitoring strategies and working within multi-disciplinary teams to provide specialist input.

  • Developing data analysis and processing.

  • Leading in the production of Environmental or Ecological Impact Assessment documents in line with Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) guidelines.

  • Developing project management skills by way of AECOM in-house training schemes.

  • Undertaking other tasks to support the wider environmental business, as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • 2:1 or better degree in aquatic ecology or related subject with an ecological component.

  • Experience working in an aquatic ecology role.

  • Demonstrable experience of contributing to the production of Ecological Impact Assessments and/or Appropriate Assessments.

  • Demonstrable experience of contributing to (and leading, where appropriate) Water Framework Directive (Ecology/Biology) assessments.

  • An understanding of the industry-standard monitoring techniques and analyses for fish, and experience in fish survey requirements and methodology including electric fishing and/or seine netting.

  • An understanding of the industry standard monitoring techniques and analyses for macroinvertebrates (RICT, BMWP, ASPT, WHPT) and macrophytes (MTR, CSM, Leafpacs).

  • Knowledge of legislation relating to the aquatic environment and its implementation, particularly the Water Framework Directive.

  • Good personal time management, communication skills with internal and external clients and team members locally and nationally.

  • Willingness to learn new skills and to be flexible in terms of travelling and working hours as AECOM projects can be distributed across Scotland and Ireland and the wider UK.

  • A full UK driving licence.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A postgraduate qualification in relevant ecological subject.

  • Previous experience working in the commercial or regulatory sector.

  • SFCC Team Leader electrofishing qualification.

  • RYA Level 2 powerboat qualification.

  • Licensed to tow trailer.

  • Home Office personal or project licence to tag fish.

  • Experience in completing River Corridor / River Habitat Survey.

  • A protected species licence.

  • Proven experience of Phase 1 habitat and/or other ecological survey.

  • Competent user of Esri ArcGIS software.

  • Full membership of a relevant professional body (e.g. CIEEM).

  • Able to provide evidence of published work in the field of aquatic ecology.

  • Holder of a CSCS card.

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future . Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world , but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Ecology

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 201667BR

Clearance Required No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.