AECOM Ecology Graduate – Seasonal Fixed Term Position - Plymouth in Plymouth, United Kingdom

Business Line Environment

Position Title Ecology Graduate – Seasonal Fixed Term Position - Plymouth

United Kingdom - Devon


Job Summary

Opening & Closing Date: Open 1/5/18 - Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible since CVs will be reviewed and candidates selected on a rolling recruitment basis.


Due to the growth of a number of our teams in various locations an exciting opportunity has arisen for an Graduate Ecologist (graduate level) within our Plymouth office.

This role will deliver ecological consultancy and advisory services to both internal and external clients to a high level of technical quality and to programme and budget. The Graduate Ecologist, when joining AECOM, will experience the exciting breadth of work we are involved in and contribute to the success of our team

AECOM is one of the leading environmental consultancies in the UK&I with over 100 professional ecologists supporting AECOM’s goal to deliver a better world, through effective management of the biodiversity which underpins natural capital.

We work across terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments in a wide range of sectors; Power, Utilities, Development, Government, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas and Transportation. The majority of our work is based in UK and Ireland, and there may also be opportunities overseas including Europe, Middle East and Africa. Our ecologists work with architects, engineers, planners, economists and other environmental specialists on important projects providing the full range of ecological services including habitat and species surveys, impact assessment, advice on biodiversity mitigation, offsetting and enhancement, and management planning for biodiversity.

AECOM is built to deliver a better world. Our specialisms design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, see how we deliver what others can only imagine at and @AECOM.


When a graduate starts with us we pair them with an experienced member of the team who will guide and mentor them through their initial period working on live projects. Their initial role will support and assist our ecological team on a wide variety of projects.

The successful candidate will work within a multi-disciplinary team on field surveys including Preliminary Ecological Appraisal, Phase 1 habitat surveys, other botanical surveys, ecological impact assessment and a range of protected species surveys. An ability to work with a range of taxonomic groups will be required, although a specialism in a particular taxonomic group would be welcomed and the successful candidate will be encouraged to pursue their own particular interests within the ecology team. A good understanding of UK wildlife and the UK regulatory system(s) in respect of wildlife is essential.

The successful candidate will be expected to take part in a variety of field work, particularly during the busy field season in the UK. From time to time, the fieldwork is likely to require working away from home and also some working at night when conducting surveys. In addition to field skills, good organisation and planning skills are also required to support a team which works safely and to a high technical standard. The candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and able to analyse and describe biological data and produce high quality written reports.

This is a fantastic opportunity to further your career, gaining valuable work experience, within an established and successful consultancy.

Specific duties include:

  • Supporting liaison with project managers and clients on the delivery of ecological requirements within multi-disciplinary tenders and projects;

  • Carrying out and assisting with desk studies and field based habitat, botanical, protected and non-native invasive species surveys.

  • Undertaking the analysis, evaluation, interpretation and presentation of ecological data, including through production of technical reports;

  • Safe delivery of protected species and habitat surveys; analysis and evaluation of results, impact assessments;

  • Performing the role of an Ecological Clerk of Works on construction projects;

  • Communicating effectively with their line manager, project managers, clients, project teams and other members of the ecology team, within projects and with clients by telephone, e-mail, letters and reports;

  • Compliance with internal business management procedures, including in relation to health and safety and technical quality of all advice and outputs; and

  • Undertaking other tasks which add value to the development of the ecology team or support wider environmental business goals, as required.


We believe passionately in continuing professional development and will provide you with the tools and support you need to work towards your professional development ambitions.

Minimum Requirements

  • A graduate with an Ecology degree, or a related subject with ecological component - degree classification 2:1 or equivalent or above

  • Excellent field skills and a keen interest and understanding of UK wildlife, UK plant (indirect and direct field

  • signs) identification

  • Good knowledge of all UK environmental law and a understanding of the relevant planning systems - Knowledge of UK and EC wildlife legislation and policy, as well as Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)

  • Previous exposure to protected species surveys – ideally a holder of relevant protected species survey (and mitigation licences), or ability and willingness to work towards holding such licences;

  • Previous work experience in the ecology sector for example with an NGO as a volunteer or within a professional consultancy

  • Ability to record data efficiently and methodically

  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and report writing skills with computer skills in MSWord, MS Excel and

  • Ability to write concise technical reports.

  • A hard working and highly motivated individual

  • Client focused with good interpersonal skills and team approach

  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to continued education and improvement through participating in our approved training schemes

  • Professional, organised and thorough approach to work which demonstrates an attention to detail and time management

  • Strong and versatile problem solving and inter-personal skills, including motivating others;

  • Full UK Driving Licence – willing to travel to offices and sites within the UK

  • Adaptable and flexible approach to work to meet peaks in demands (as all roles are likely to involve occasional longer/and or unsociable hours and a degree of working away from home for days/ weeks at a time);

Preferred Qualifications


  • A protected species licence, such as bats / great crested newts / hazel dormouse

  • A postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject

  • Proven experience of Phase 1 habitat, NVC and botanical surveys

  • Membership of or working towards full membership of an appropriate professional institution

  • Able to provide evidence of published work in the ecology field

  • Proactive and careful approach to Health and Safety, ideally first aid training certificate although not essential

  • Technical and professional proficiency with a demonstrable history of working to a high standard, on time and within agreed budgets;

  • Member of CIEEM (or eligible to meet relevant criteria),or other relevant professional body;

  • Experienced in one or more of the following areas: Phase 1 Habitat / NVC surveys, protected species surveys and licensing;

  • Electronic data capture, analysis and presentation skills

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

NOTICE TO THIRD PARTY AGENCIES: Please note that AECOM does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Fee Agreement, AECOM will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, AECOM explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of AECOM.

Job Category Ecology

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Temporary

Requisition/Vacancy No. 186272BR

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.