Senior Ornithologist

Last updated 13 days ago
Job Type:Full Time

You will be responsible for providing ornithology and wider biodiversity inputs to a range of projects within an environmental team, working closely with other disciplines to ensure ecological objectives for projects are delivered successfully, within budget and to programme.

The tasks will include:

  • Coordinating and undertaking ornithology and biodiversity reviews and assessments as part of EIAs and due diligence
  • Designing survey/monitoring methods, liaising with and coordinating local consultants, preparing biodiversity management/action plans etc
  • There will be a need to travel overseas occasionally and for short periods.


  • Undergraduate degree in ecology, biology, zoology or directly related subject (minimum of 2.1 classification)
  • MSc or PhD in one of the disciplines mentioned above, or in biodiversity conservation
  • Extensive experience in leading and undertaking survey/monitoring methods and data analysis for birds
  • Extensive experience in ornithology, of which at least three years on projects funded by International Financial Institutions
  • Familiarity with the EIA and EcIA processes
  • Experience in windfarm projects and bird collision risk assessment
  • Good understanding of main international, UK and lender (in particular IFC Performance Standard 6) policy and legislation on biodiversity and nature conservation
  • Chartered or full member of one professional organisation
  • Full, clean driving licence and willingness to travel and undertake fieldwork in the UK and internationally
  • Strong report writing skills, attention to detail and ability to write concise reports in English
  • Ability to work independently, take the initiative, make robust, defensible decisions and work to tight deadlines to meet client needs
  • Basic GIS skills


  • Experience in onshore and offshore bird collision risk modelling
  • Familiarity with survey/monitoring methods for species other than birds
  • Familiarity with the CIEEM Guidance on Ecological Impact Assessment
  • Experience in undertaking due diligence to international financial institutions' standards (in particular, the IFC)
  • Experience in undertaking critical habitat assessment and biodiversity offsetting assessments/plans
  • Work experience in Asia, Africa and/or Latin America
  • Experience in project management and preparing bids
  • Proficient in French and/or Spanish