Ecologist (Various Levels)

Futures Ecology Ltd

15 May 2024

Futures Ecology Ltd



Futures Ecology Ltd are seeking individuals to fill a number of posts at Ecologist/Senior Ecologist and Assistant Ecologist levels, to meet the demands of our increasing workload.

We are a small, friendly consultancy which started in 2019 and now have offices east of Leeds (West Yorkshire) and near Bolsover (Derbyshire). Our work is predominantly in the north of England, the Midlands and Lincolnshire but we also have projects further afield.

If you would like to be considered for any of these positions, please send us your CV and covering letter.

Ecologist/Senior Ecologist

We are seeking an ecologist with a minimum of four years consultancy experience to be based out of either our Leeds or Bolsover office on a permanent, full time contract basis.  This role offers the successful applicant the chance to develop their project management skills on a range of projects including renewable energy production, new housing schemes, commercial developments and smaller scale planning applications.

Work Package: 

  • Permanent contract 35 hours / week
  • Annual Salary £24,500 – £38,000 subject to experience
  • Mileage and expenses are paid for field surveys / meetings
  • Workplace pension scheme, with employer contributions
  • Holiday entitlement: 25 days annual holiday plus bank holidays
  • Training / CPD / Professional Membership
  • Hybrid working: office and home working


  • Experience in project management;
  • Have at least 4 years’ relevant experience;
  • Excellent communication for liaising with clients, stakeholders and the general public;
  • Trustworthy and reliable, with excellent time keeping;
  • Extended Phase 1 habitat / UKHab survey skills;
  • Experience with protected species surveys and mitigation;
  • Hold protected species licences for: great crested newt (minimum level 1 Class licence (CL08)) or bats (minimum level 2 Class licence (CL18));
  • Good report writing skills to include: Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Ecological Impact Assessments and other protected species survey reports / risk assessments and mitigation strategies;
  • Experience of acting as an Ecological Clerk of Works;
  • Able to work flexibly and away from home (including night work i.e. unsociable hours) in an outdoor (and sometimes remote) environment;
  • Be prepared to work late evenings and early mornings;
  • A degree or similar qualification or training in an environmental (or relevant) subject;
  • A full clean driving licence and a vehicle, insured for business use;
  • Have or be eligible for associate or full membership to CIEEM;
  • Pro-active;
  • Working effectively in a team and independently;
  • Experienced in software package: MS Office, QGIS.


  • Rabies vaccinated;
  • CSCS card;
  • CS38 certified for Tree climbing & Aerial Rescue;
  • Botanical identification skills (e.g. FISC 3 or equivalent);
  • Bat Mitigation Class Licence (CL21): to allow low impact works on bat roosts;
  • Badger Class Licence (LR24): to interfere with a sett for development purposes.

Assistant Ecologist

We are seeking assistants (new to ecology or experienced) to work from our Leeds and Bolsover offices. We would be particulalry interested if you have a background in botanical ID and are looking to focus on this in the early stages of your career.

Work Package:  

  • Various contracts available: permanent, fixed term and zero hours
  • Flexible working;
  • Rates of pay are subject to experience of candidate and based on annual salary equivalents: £20,850 - £24,500;
  • Mileage and expenses are paid for field surveys. Accommodation provided for surveys where required;
  • Workplace pension scheme for eligible employees, with employer contributions;
  • Holiday entitlement: paid time off for every hour worked;
  • Training / CPD / Professional Membership.

You will gain experience in:

  • Undertaking bat surveys (bat roost, nighttime bat walkovers/transects, static detector surveys);
  • Great crested newt eDNA and aquatic surveys;
  • Training for working towards a great crested newt (GCN) and / or bat class licence;
  • Training to gain CSCS;
  • Working on European Protected Species Licence’s (Bats / GCN);
  • Reptile surveys;
  • Badger surveys;
  • Habitat Assessments: UKHab / Phase 1;
  • Water vole / Otter / White clawed-crayfish surveys;
  • Undertaking desk studies;
  • QGIS;
  • Training in bat sonogram analysis;
  • Contributing to Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Ecological Impact Assessments, protected species survey reports, Construction Environmental Management Plans, Biodiversity Enhancement Management Plans, Biodiversity Impact Assessments.


  • Able to work flexibly and away from home (including night work) in an outdoor environment;
  • Be prepared to regularly work late evenings and early mornings
  • A degree or similar qualification or training in an environmental (or relevant) subject or working towards this qualification;
  • A full clean driving licence and a vehicle, insured for business use;
  • Have or be eligible for graduate, student or associate membership to CIEEM;
  • Working effectively in a team and independently;
  • Committed, reliable, enthusiastic and with a good attention to detail and concentration skills.


  • Prior experience of working under or holding a survey licence for great crested newts, bats, dormice or white-clawed crayfish;
  • CSCS card;
  • Botanical identification skills.

As a small consultancy we can offer the opportunity and support to develop within this role and are committed to helping you progress your career throughout your employment with us.