Seasonal Ecologists – Luton or Birmingham

About Pell Frischmann:

Pell Frischmann is an international multi-disciplinary consulting engineering company with over 90 years of experience in the built environment. We are a unique business whose purpose is to generate sustainable funds to deal with the environmental and social commitments resulting from the closing of Germany’s hard-coal mining industry; so our work directly contributes to environmental protection and preservation for the future.

Our expertise and capabilities cover: Aviation, Buildings, Highways & Transportation, Land Development, Rail, and Water & Wastewater.

“Excellence Through Innovation” permeates our company culture. We believe that quality engineering goes beyond simply achieving codified compliance, and we passionately pursue solutions that deliver better results for end-users via unconventional methods.

Main Purpose of the Job

We are seeking to appoint a number of Ecologists to join their Environment team in the Luton or Birmingham offices for six months starting in March 2022, with the potential to extend.  You will ideally have experience leading and working on a wide range of projects. Our work ranges across the transport (rail and highways), land development and water sectors, therefore requires a sound knowledge of protected species surveying and construction techniques.

You will be responsible for ecological field work and reporting and overseeing the delivery and management of a range of ecological deliverables.  You will need previous experience in delivering on-site environmental and ecological advice and will be required to contribute to the development of more junior ecologists within the business.

We are open to Graduates as well as more experienced Ecologists but please note that due to the nature of the work, the hours and times can vary. As a result,  you will also be expected to be able to partake in night work as part of this role too.


Main Duties and Responsibilities:

You will be responsible for a range of tasks incorporating the following elements:

  • Ecological coordination and surveys including Preliminary Ecological Appraisal, protected species surveys and mitigation measures for planning and construction phases
  • Ecological Impact Assessment for large scale projects
  • Co-ordinating preconstruction surveys and the preparation of environmental management documents
  • Compilation of draft Environmental Management Plans and Ecological Method Statements for specific tasks
  • Providing on-site guidance to contractors and assisting in the preparation and delivery of toolbox talks
  • Working in conjunction with project stakeholders to achieve project aims whilst encouraging a high level of environmental protection
  • Monitoring construction activities and liaising with contractors and project team to ensure compliance with approved method statements and planning obligations
  • Advising the project team on achieving compliance and the latest mitigation techniques
  • Liaison with clients, regulators and statutory consultees such as Natural England to resolve or mitigate any issues
  • Report writing and oral communication, with an excellent ability to convey ecological / environmental requirements to contractor teams.


Why Pell Frischmann?

Not only are we one of the UK’s leading engineering consultancies, we also understand a career isn’t just a job. We are part of the Disability confident scheme and ensure we are able to provide equal opportunities for all. We ensure you will not be Pidgeon-holed and that you have a bespoke to your individual development path, through Chartership and beyond!

If that and a competitive salary isn’t enough, we also offer other excellent benefits you can find on the link below!

Qualifications • Under / postgraduate degree in Ecology, Environmental Management or a related discipline
• Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)
• Holder of Protected Species licences (preferably bats and great crested newts).
• A current CSCS card or equivalent.
Experience • Experience across a range of UK habitats and protected species and will hold (or have held) survey and mitigation licences
• Proven record of supporting clients, developing pragmatic and cost-effective mitigation, and supervising implementation on-site
• Experience of Ecological Impact Assessment
• Experience of supervising works conditional to Protected Species Licences
• Minimum of 1 yrs experience, grade will be relative
• Previous experience of working within an engineering organisation
• Relevant experience in a similar capacity as an Environmental Clerk of Works or ECoW.
Skills • Proficient in Phase 1 Habitat and protected species surveying (incl. but not limited to bats, badger, otter, water vole etc.)
• Good knowledge of relevant UK and EU wildlife legislation including conservation of protected species
• Sound knowledge of environmental constraints
• Good knowledge of survey methods and construction techniques
• Excellent communication skills, in particular an ability to convey ecological / environmental requirements to contractor teams
• Full UK driver’s licence.
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