Ecologist - Edinburgh or Inverness

About this job

A fantastic opportunity has arisen with us to work on a wide range of interesting projects across Scotland. As a seasonal ecologist you will get the opportunity to visit a host of different places to carry out ecological surveys. As a vibrant and busy consultancy, each day is different and the variety means you will quickly be able to apply your knowledge to a diverse range of projects. Possible survey work could include ornithology surveys, bat surveys or habitat surveys.

This post can be based at either our Edinburgh or Inverness Office


The post will involve undertaking field surveys for the majority of the time, sometimes in remote locations; therefore the ability to drive is a critical requirement. Where surveys are at night or by water, we always make sure there are two surveyors for health and safety reasons. There will also be an element of data management in the office to document your survey findings and discuss them with the team.

The Position

The role will be at our ecologist grade. This is an opportunity for someone with some previous experience in a similar area of work. This could have been gained through a previous post, or through voluntary work.

At Atmos, we recognise the quality and skills that many new and recent graduates have developed through voluntary work, and how these can be further developed in a professional role. If you have demonstrable experience of undertaking ecological or ornithological surveys, good identification skills, and are motivated and enthusiastic to learn, we would like to hear from you. 

Personal Qualities

As with all of our posts, the following are also of key importance to fulfil the requirements of these roles:

  • Adherence to good practice in terms of health and safety issues, including when lone-working under our lone-worker system;
  • Attention to technical detail, in both recording and transcribing/checking survey data;
  • An enthusiasm to do a good job every time, and take advantage of the support offered by our permanent staff and to be able to work as part of a small team.
  • A passion for ecology, ornithology or nature conservation.
  • A working knowledge of MS Word and Excel; and
  • The ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing.


For the successful candidates, Atmos Consulting offers a competitive salary; supportive management committed to high levels of professionalism and staff development/training; a good working environment and the opportunity to enjoy being part of an enthusiastic, friendly and growing team.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from people of all ages and backgrounds.


Rachel Blount - Ecologist

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 companies 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?
Diverse, to say the least.  From report writing, site surveys with focus on ornithology and habitats, to finalising accommodation and transport details for other members of staff as they are out on site.  Then there is undertaking  ECoW on St Kilda, our most northerly project.

What is your favourite thing about working for Atmos?
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.

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.

To Apply

Please submit a 1-2 page CV and covering letter explaining concisely your area of expertise and why you wish to be considered for this post by email  entitled "Application for seasonal ecologist Edinburgh - [your name]".  For an informal chat about this position, please contact Jenny Bell on 0131 346 9115.

Strictly no agencies.