Ecologist - FTC 12 Months

Job Type:Full Time


Swansea, GB

Department Name

MW IMDM Cardiff Indirect (894031) G5

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Brief Description

Network Rail are expanding their in-house Ecology expertise and have a fantastic new opportunity available on the Wales Route. We are recruiting for an experienced Ecologist to provide support and become part of a wider dedicated and hardworking team at Network Rail.

About the role (External)

The Ecologist role will be based within the Swansea Delivery unit. The role will mainly involve providing advice and guidance to colleagues in relation to Ecology in order to be complaint with Wildlife legislation and policy, whilst also considering the ongoing maintenance for the effective management of a safe working railway line. The Ecologist will undertake fieldwork and produce Ecology reports to identify constraints, opportunities and solutions, have input to management plans and policy documents, and also have an opportunity to provide valuable input into strategy with regard to managing Biodiversity.

This role requires a task-orientated team-player with excellent communication skills, who is adaptable and able to work in a fast-paced working environment. The Ecologist role will also involve survey and fieldwork and require some travel in order for the applicant to be able to undertake site visits across the South Wales area. Site supervision will also be an important part of the role, in addition to providing support to colleagues in order to plan work in relation to Ecological constraints. Network Rail offer a competitive benefits package.

It is important to note that during COVID-19 Network Rail have produced internal standards in order to ensure compliance with the social-distancing requirements and comply with current Health & Safety Guidelines.


  • Comprehensive field experience, with at least 4 years relevant experience.
  • Extensive experience of leading extended phase 1 habitat surveys and at least 2 years' experience of providing supervision of works in the role of project ecologist and / or ECoW.
  • A relevant undergraduate degree in Ecology, Zoology, Biological Sciences or other relevant Environmental Sciences
  • A good understanding of UK and European wildlife legislation and experience in the application of best practice guidance.
  • Significant practical experience of identifying baseline Ecological constraints during site visits and providing guidance on mitigation measures and what permissions are required for works to proceed.
  • Have significant experience of standard survey protocols and methodologies.
  • Ability to complete protected species surveys.
  • Good interpersonal, influencing, communication and organisation skills.
  • Task orientated team player
  • Strong report writing skills, including experience of writing method statements and survey reports.


  • A relevant Masters degree in Ecology or other relevant discipline.
  • Protected species survey licences, e.g. dormice, bats, great crested newts.
  • Knowledge of operational railway environment and PTS qualified.
  • 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 and GIS.
  • Full UK driving licence

How to apply (External)

Salary: £32,740
Closing date: 04/06/2020. Late applications will not be accepted.This vacancy is also being advertised externally.

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This is a fixed-term opportunity for 12 months and has the potential to become permanent.

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For further information please contact David John, Track Maintenance Engineer [Off Track].

Please note that it is envisaged that interviews will take place week commencing 8th June 2020.