Senior Ornithologist - Environmental & Planning

Location Galway
Discipline: Construction & Engineering
Job type: Permanent
Contact name: Brian Doyle

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Job ref: 32538
Published: about 1 month ago

Elite Talent Hub LTD is a specialist in permanent staffing solutions for clients nationwide.

Our client is a leading engineering consultancy with a strong reputation for delivering high-quality engineering solutions. Our client are currently seeking a Senior Ornithologist, to join the growing Ecology Team within our clients Environment & Planning Division. Our clients are offering a very competitive salary to the ideal candidate and provide the opportunity to work on nationally recognised projects and studies. Our client also provides the opportunity to avail of Hybrid-working in one of our clients four offices located in Galway, Dublin, Limerick, Castlebar or Sligo.


Our clients Team is driven by qualified and enthusiastic staff who maintain a full and varied project load from a broad base of private and public sector clients. Our clients workstream is generated through well-established nationwide client relationships, as well as internal cross-sectional cooperation with other Engineering Divisions within our clients company.


Core Competency

The successful candidate must have the ability to work in and lead teams in the collection of field data and in the preparation of the Biodiversity/Ornithological sections of Environmental Impact Assessment Reports (EIARs), Ecological Impact Assessment reports and Habitats Directive Appropriate Assessment reporting. The successful candidate will also be required to demonstrate project experience in the design and implementation of ecological surveys including bird and protected species surveys, habitat, analysis of data and completion of impact assessments. Further demonstrated project experience across ecological disciplines will also be required.


Duties and Responsibilities

The job will involve working with the existing Ecology team on ecological and environmental aspects of diverse projects including national infrastructure projects, renewable energy and other private and commercial projects. As a Senior Ornithologist, the role will require the provision of ecological input into desktop studies, advantage point surveys, scoping studies, site selection, Ecological impact Assessments and Appropriate Assessment Reports. The role will also require project management tasks including programme and financial management and input to tender submissions.


Qualifications/Experience Required

  • Relevant primary degree (Hons.) relating to Ecology / Environmental biology, additional qualifications preferred.
  • A proven ecological/ornithological track record.
  • Proven ecological/ornithological field skills.
  • Experience in GIS systems (e.g. ArcView, desirable but not essential as our client has specialist GIS services in-house)
  • CIEEM membership preferred (or an ambition to become a member of CIEEM)
  • Experience of coordinating ecological impact assessments as well as project management and liaising with clients and stakeholders.
  • Experience as an expert witness at Oral Hearings is preferable but not essential.
  • Excellent report writing and communication skills.
  • Must be physically fit and be willing and able to undertake fieldwork, as required.
  • Full driving licence.



Very attractive benefits package on offer.