Ecologist

Location:Lancashire
Job Type:Full Time

About Network Rail

Network Rail Route Businesses E&W plans, operates and maintains the railway day-to-day.

North West & Central (NW&C) is the 'Backbone of Britain' - the economic spine connecting our main cities. Our infrastructure runs from London Euston and Marylebone in the South through the Chiltern and West Midlands regions, the North West of England and Cumbria before joining with Scotland at Gretna. We are home to the West Coast Mainline, the busiest mixed-use railway in Europe, serving London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

NW&C's vision for the five years to 2024 is "One team safely delivering excellent services to customers and taxpayers." We will achieve this vision by embedding a safe, caring workforce culture that welcomes everyone and embraces new ideas and fresh thinking. By becoming a more open, diverse and inclusive organisation we can deliver a safe, accessible railway for everyone. We're working hard to ensure our workforce better represents our customers and society as a whole.

We are looking for talented people from all backgrounds to join our journey and move us forward by having a rewarding career, the right lifestyle balance and great benefits in a caring environment.We value the commitments you may have outside of work and will consider flexible working applications. If we can make it work - we will!

Brief Description

To provide ecological expertise to Works Delivery, including support and guidance to enable the environment management system to be integrated into the route teams to deliver legislative compliance.

About the role

1.Undertake and complete a range of Ecological field surveys, including protected species surveys and extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys.

2.Collate, write up and review survey results and mapping target notes and review to identify appropriate recommendations.

3.Manage the implementation and embedding of recommendations to deliver continuous improvement.

4.Undertake and complete environmental impact assessments.

5.Lead the development of appropriate mitigation strategies, utilising results of surveys and liaising with Environmental Specialist's and the Arboriculture team.

6.Analyse and interpret data, using specialist software programs. Produce periodic and ad hoc reports to a high technical standard within prescribed timescales.

7.Provide specialist ecological advice and guidance to site managers, engineers, planners and others associated with the undertaking and completion of surveys and / or assessments.

8.Develop and maintain effective working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, including statutory bodies, local authorities and members of the public.

9.Assist in the production of environmental appraisal reports.

10.Carry out research as required.

Essential

    Comprehensive field experience

      A relevant higher degree in Ecology, Zoology, Biological Sciences or other relevant Environmental Sciences

        Good understanding of UK and European wildlife legislation and best practice guidance experience

          Be able to identify baseline Ecological constraints during site visits

            Have significant experience of standard survey protocols and methodologies

              Ability to complete rare species surveys

                Good interpersonal, influencing, communication and organisation skills

                  Task orientated team player

                    Strong report writing skills

                    Desirable

                      Knowledge of operational railway environment

                        Knowledge of ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard

                          Full/associate/graduate membership of Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) (depending on experience)

                            Experience attending client meetings and working with multi-disciplinary teams

                              Competent with Microsoft Office

                                Full UK driving licence

                                How to apply

                                Network Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or other irrelevant factor. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. We positively embrace flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

                                We will endeavour to provide a gender diverse interview panel wherever possible.

                                Keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do, safe behaviour is therefore a requirement of working for Network Rail.Applicants should demonstrate their personal commitment to safety in their application.

                                A career with Network Rail is a journey and we will do everything we can to make it a great one. That means plenty of support for personal and professional development. It also means a great range of benefits. Working with us, you'll enjoy 28 days holiday, access to a range of contributory pension schemes, and the potential to top up your competitive salary with a bonus. We can offer you a season ticket loan, annual season tickets are discounted. What's more, you can take advantage of childcare vouchers, discounted cycle hire and more. Discover more at www.networkrailcareers.com/benefits .

                                We adhere to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: Starting at £32,740 and increasing to £36,832.

                                Network Rail is required to comply with UK Government standards when carrying out pre-employment checks for all new starters; this includes a basic criminal record check. In addition to the basic criminal record check, in accordance with the UK Government we are also required to verify your identity, right to work in the UK and previous three years employment history.

                                Closing date: 19 November 2019. Late applications will not be accepted. We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.