Careers with SYSTRA

Senior Ecologist - Birmingham




This is an exciting time to join SYSTRA Ltd and we currently have an opportunity for an experienced Senior Ecologist to join our growing engineering team in Birmingham. This position within our team will suit a committed and ambitious individual who can demonstrate strong leadership and interpersonal skills combined with commercial awareness and the ability to play their part in growing a dynamic high-performance team.

With a focus on the design of High Speed rail infrastructure the role will also support other Product Lines in the UK and overseas, the post-holder will be part of a growing team of UK engineers delivering projects for a diverse portfolio of UK clients.

The main duties for the role are:

  • Project managing the ecology for a major project from design through to delivery.
  • You will be planning, resourcing and leading ecological field surveys and producing quality assured ecology deliverables; plant procurement, Ecological survey and monitoring strategies.
  • Working collaboratively with colleagues from different organisations to deliver common ecological support for the project.
  • Working in a diverse work place that brings together professionals from across disciplines to develop client and people centred solutions for the problems faced, with a focus on integrity and honesty in everything we do.

To be successful in the role you will need:

  • Relevant consultancy experience with a strong focus on preliminary ecological assessments, Phase 1 ecological survey and planning support.
  • Excellent understanding of UK nature conservation legislation, including environmental impact assessments and planning guidance.
  • Minimum two years’ full-time experience in a consultancy environment.
  • Protected species licences are desirable and holding at least one personal protected species licence is preferred.
  • Be experienced in liaising with regulatory bodies to negotiate and obtain consents.
  • Capable of organising and developing your work with minimal supervision, managing a challenging workload subject to change at short notice.
  • High level of personal responsibility. Adaptable and flexible approach to different project requirements.
  • The role requires a mix of office- and site-based work and will involve working away from home as and when necessary, so travel flexibility and a full driving licence are important factors. The role will involve contact with external clients, the public and many internal colleagues, so good communication skills are essential.


  • Previous experience as an Ecologist is required, Ideally with experience in the delivery of major infrastructure projects
  • Previous experience in managing ecology technical project deliverables. In return we offer a competitive salary with a comprehensive and attractive benefits package with opportunities for flexible working and career development.

What to do now:

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