About this job
Due to our increased portfolio of projects we currently require seasonal ecologists, on an initial six month contract, working out of our offices in Edinburgh, Inverness and Mold.
At Atmos no two days are the same and you will quickly be able to apply your knowledge in a variety of situations. As a seasonal ecologist you will have the opportunity to undertake ecological surveys on a wide range of interesting projects, across some of UK’s most scenic landscapes.
These roles would ideally be suited to someone who has previous experience at a similar level or a recent graduate seeking to build their experience within a commercial consultancy practice.
The role will include undertaking post-construction monitoring, bat surveys, breeding bird surveys and ecological supervision, across a range of development sectors, including; Infrastructure, Renewable Energy and Property Development.
Key duties will include:
- Field surveys; sometimes be in remote locations
- Data management, documenting findings and discussing with wider team.
Note: where you are required to undertake surveys are at night or by water, we always make sure there are two surveyors for health and safety reasons.
Who are we looking for?
A BSc or MSc in Ecology or a related subject, along with a passion for ecology, full UK driving licence and an enthusiasm to deliver high standards are perquisites of the post.
Additionally, we are looking for people who can demonstrate:
- Attention to technical detail, in both recording and transcribing/checking survey data;
- Ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing;
- Good report-writing skills, with eye for detail;
- Use of MS Word and Excel for report writing purposes;
- Willingness to undertake some evening work;
- Good practice in terms of health and safety issues, including when lone-working under our lone-worker system;
- Willingness to learn.
- Competence in undertaking ornithology surveys or excellent bird identification skills would be desirable.
In return we offer a competitive salary along with family-friendly, flexible working approaches with a culture that promotes and encourages collaborative team work and innovation.
What Your Future Colleagues Say.
What attracted you to Atmos?
I was attracted to Atmos for a number of reasons. One of these was the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects throughout England and Wales and the opportunity to gain experience carrying out different survey methods for a range of species.
What separates Atmos from other consultancies you have worked for?
This was my first full time role after graduating from Bangor University. I started off as a seasonal ecologist, the team were hugely supportive and I quickly found my feet. After my initial contract I was offered a permanent position and have not looked back.
What is a typical day/week like for you?
There isn’t really a typical day/week for an ecologist at Atmos due to the wide range of projects we get to work on. My time is made up of a mix of days (and often nights) out in the field carrying out survey and monitoring work and days spent in the office writing up reports and inputting data.
What is your favourite thing about working for Atmos?
I think it’s got to be the variety of projects that we get to work on. No two days are the same and I find that you’re always learning something new.
How do you relax away from work?
By curling up on the sofa with a gin and a book. I hate to admit it but I also love watching Gardener’s World on a Friday night too.
What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
It’s got to be Anglesey. That was my family's usual holiday destination when I was younger so I have so many great memories of the place.
For an informal chat about these positions, please contact Paul Reid on 0131 346 9100