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Senior Ecologist - Scotland

Environmental Services
78400000435 Requisition #

Senior Ecologist – Scotland


Are you an ecologist looking to strengthen your experience across a diversity of projects with the support of an experienced team of ecology experts?  Are you ambitious to develop your technical skills and career in line with a defined career pathway that follows the route you choose? 


Who is Tetra Tech?


Tetra Tech is a leading provider of high-end consulting and engineering services for projects worldwide. We combine the resources of a global, multibillion dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in more than 400 locations around the world. We are Leading with Science® to provide sustainable and resilient solutions for our clients.


Our people are at the heart of everything we do. They help our clients succeed, our business prosper and the communities we work in thrive. We need the very best designers, project managers, engineers, surveyors, town planners, environmental specialists and business service professionals to maintain our reputation as a market leader.  We do this by taking care of our people; offering fantastic flexible benefits, providing personal and professional development, and giving employees the opportunity to work on exciting and ground-breaking projects.


We don’t want Tetra Tech to be just your next role, we want it to be a step-change in your career and ultimately a move that you are proud to have made.


The Role


As Tetra Tech builds on its demonstrable track record as one of the leading global Environmental consultancies, we are seeking a dynamic Senior Ecologist to join our Scotland team. With ambitions to grow our UK presence to emulate the success of the global business, we are looking for an ecologist to join our established network of over 50 ecologists with the motivation to develop their field skills across a broad portfolio of projects, including data analysis and technical reporting.


As a multidisciplinary consultancy, we work closely with colleagues from other teams including Planning, Placemaking, Engineering, Transportation and Asset Management including through the identification of opportunities, tendering and project delivery. The Senior Ecologist will be proactive in developing relationships with colleagues from across the business, liaising with the wider ecology team and other technical teams, and supporting them through all stages of a project.


We pride ourselves on our ability to offer professional ecology advice across a breadth of sectors including Residential, Defence, Energy, Government Services and Transport. With over 50 permanent ecologists, we can draw on the knowledge of our technical experts to develop the best solutions.  


Examples of projects we currently work on in Scotland include:
•    Surveys, licence applications and mitigation works for several bat species, including hibernation and maternity roosts across the central belt;
•    Bird surveys on MOD properties on both mainland Scotland and the Western Isles;
•    Typical surveys and mitigation projects include Phase 1 habitat surveys, bats, badgers, otter, pine marten, red squirrel, and birds;
•    Supervision of badger mitigation works as part of residential developments;
•    Completion of Habitat Regulations Assessment, Ecological Impact Assessments and BREEAM in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the wider UK.



Given the variety of projects we work on, we are looking for a Senior Ecologist who has strong field experience and ambitions to develop their technical skills in line with project requirements. With support from the regional and national ecology teams, and in line with our defined career framework, they will develop their expertise across many areas of ecology although they will also be able to choose to develop skills in a particular technical specialism if desired. We have technical leads within the national team who can mentor and provide advice. We show our support for professional development through the provision of training, and bonuses for achieving bat licences and charterships.



Projects will predominately be focused in Scotland. However, we operate fully flexible, hybrid working which allows our ecologists to choose where, how and when they work as long as our clients are receiving the high-quality service they expect. We focus on talent and skills, not postcode. The role will require a significant amount of site work as well as working closely with other ecologists, clients and colleagues from other teams so may require some time at an office or alternative working space to suit those involved.



We are very happy to discuss flexible working for this role, including the possibility of reduced or compressed hours and flexible start or finish times. We can offer a range of solutions to help you get the most out of your work / life balance. If the timing’s not quite right for you, please do still get in touch as we will always consider deferring the start date for the right candidate.



About the team


  • Over 50 permanent ecologists across 13 offices working as one cohesive team.
  • Time away from home minimised.
  • IT systems allow seamless remote and flexible working, so proximity to an office is not a barrier– we focus on talents & skills, not postcode. Our ecologists can work on the projects that interest them and deliver them to the highest standards.
  • Cars or car allowances to every member of the team regardless of grade, including for personal use.
  • Established TOIL system to allow time management to suit specific personal needs alongside seasonal demands.
  • Career frameworks provide clarity on how to progress.
  • We encourage the development of well-rounded ecologists who can talk about all stages of a project. We offer internal and external training and mentoring, including from our inhouse experts.
  • Bat handling licence incentivisation scheme to thank ecologists who spend time and effort in achieving their licence - we know it's not easy!
  • And to show our support of personal development, we award a significant financial bonus to anyone achieving Chartered Environmentalist/Ecologist status through CIEEM.
  • We work closely with many other teams, including our own Planners, Archaeologists, Landscape Architects, Masterplanners and Engineers. With a culture of openness, there is always someone within the business who can provide advice and support for almost any query.



Tetra Tech is a leading provider of high-end consulting and engineering services for projects worldwide. We combine the resources of a global, multibillion dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in more than 400 locations around the world. We are Leading with Science® to provide sustainable and resilient solutions for our clients.

At Tetra Tech, we provide a collaborative environment that supports individual performance, innovation, and creativity. We are proud to offer competitive compensation and benefits. Learn more by visiting www.tetratecheurope.com/careers

For more information on our company, please visit our website at www.tetratecheurope.com. To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter on the Careers section of our website.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Tetra Tech is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Tetra Tech is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy, or parental leave.



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