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Ecologists - from Junior to Principal (Remote & Hybrid)

  • Salary

    from €32,000 to €80,000 DOE
  • Education level

    Bachelor's degree

Title: Ecologists – from Junior to Principal (Remote & Hybrid)
Location: Multiple locations across Ireland with hybrid/remote arrangements
Job type: Full-time & permanent
Please note: This position is remote inside Ireland. Applicants MUST be based in Ireland and possess previous working experience in the Irish Ecological Sector to be considered.

Join reputable ecological consultancies at various experience levels – from Juniors to Principals – and become a key player in our growing Ecology Teams. Specialists in ecological projects and studies, we work on nationally and internationally recognized initiatives. Offering a competitive salary and the flexibility of hybrid working, our opportunities span multiple sites across Ireland.

About the teams:
Our Ecology Teams comprise qualified and enthusiastic staff handling diverse projects for private and public sector clients. With well-established nationwide client relationships, we encourage collaboration internally and externally, fostering a dynamic and supportive work environment.

Core competencies:
We seek candidates with strong leadership and teamwork skills for field data collection and preparation of Biodiversity/Ornithological sections in Environmental Impact Assessment Reports (EIARs), Ecological Impact Assessment reports, and Habitats Directive Appropriate Assessment reporting. Essential skills include experience in ecological surveys, bird and protected species surveys in Ireland or the UK, habitat analysis, data interpretation, and impact assessments.

Lead and collaborate with our existing Ecology team on national infrastructure, renewable energy, and private/commercial projects.
Provide expert ecological input for desktop studies, advantage point surveys, scoping studies, site selection, and Ecological Impact Assessments.
Oversee comprehensive ecological field surveys, including bird, bat, and protected species surveys, and accurately interpret and analyze survey data.
Prepare high-quality reports, including Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) chapters and Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEA).
Manage and coordinate ecology surveys, liaise with sub-consultants, and ensure timely delivery of project milestones.
Utilize GIS tools for data analysis and mapping, facilitating effective decision-making and impact assessment.
Engage with clients and stakeholders to present ecological findings and provide expert advice during project development.
Act as an expert witness at Oral Hearings, if required.
Contribute to project management tasks, including program and financial management, and actively participate in tender submissions.

Qualifications/Experience required:
Relevant primary degree (Hons.) in Ecology/Environmental Biology (additional qualifications preferred).
Proven track record in ecological work, including bird and protected species surveys, with at least
– 1 to 2 years of post-graduate experience in the Irish Ecological sector for Junior level.
– 3 to 4 years of post-graduate experience in the Irish Ecological sector for Mid level.
– 5 years of post-graduate experience in the Irish Ecological sector for Senior level.
– 6 years onwards of post-graduate experience in the Irish Ecological sector at the Principal/Associate level.
Demonstrated ecological field skills, including expertise in species identification of local birds and bats.
Experience in drafting EIAR chapters, AA Screening, and NIS Reports.
Proficiency in GIS software (e.g., ArcView, QGIS) is desirable.
Experience coordinating ecological impact assessments, project management, and engaging with clients and stakeholders.
Excellent report writing and communication skills.
Full driving license and ability to travel to survey sites across Ireland.
All applicants must be legally allowed to work in Ireland and possess a visa allowing them to do so.

It’s desirable, but not essential:
Preferred membership in CIEEM (or ambition to become a member).

What is on offer:
Competitive salaries: Receive an industry-leading remuneration package reflecting your skills and experience (from €32,000 to €80,000 DOE).
Excellent benefits package: Flexible working hours, hybrid/remote settings, company pension scheme, tax saver scheme, generous annual leave allowance, career pathway program, family-friendly working policies, continuous career development, professional memberships paid.
Well-being focus: We value your well-being and offer an Employee Assistance Programme to support your health and wellness.
Alternative transportation: Support the Bike to Work Scheme, encouraging sustainable and alternative transportation options.
Anything else you may see as essential for your work-life balance or career will be happily discussed.

How to apply:
If you are excited about this opportunity and meet the essential requirements, please apply through Gaia Talent’s or reach out directly to Isadora at [email protected]. Join us in creating a better and sustainable world – we look forward to hearing from you!