Ecologist

  • Job Reference: 10850
  • Date Posted: 14 September 2020
  • Employer: Thames Water
  • Location: Reading
  • Salary: £35,000 to £50,000
  • Sector: Health, Safety, Environment & Quality
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

 
About the role:
 
  • Thames Water are custodians of the Natural Environment.
  • We have statutory and regulatory obligations to care for the environment and require a subject matter expert to ensure we comply with UK and EU legislation for activities carried out on our own sites and throughout the Thames Valley.  
 
Responsibilities
 
Environmental screening for Operational Projects and Incident Management
 
  • Ensure that Operational projects are legally compliant with current UK and EU legislation, Codes of Practice, and internal policies and strategies.
  • Provide technical expertise internally on incidents affecting protected and sensitive habitats.
  • Undertake site visits and relevant surveys, including protected species surveys, phase one habitat surveys, tree surveys, hedgerow surveys, biodiversity baseline surveys.
  • Act as the company’s interface with Regulators and stakeholders for projects and for incident management.
 
Invasive Non-Native Species Management
 
  • Improve awareness in Operations and the wider business about Invasive Non-Native Species through presentations, training courses, booklets, posters and site-specific INNS constraints plans
  • Ensure that key Conservation, Access and Recreation sites are compliant with the ‘Check, Clean, Dry’ principles.
 
Engagement with the wider business
 
  • Engage with Environmental Advisors from Capital Delivery to ensure environmental compliance on other projects within the business and to collate information on net gain for the biodiversity net gain dash board.
  • Generate internal and external good news stories to increase awareness, generate reputational benefits and improve relationships with stakeholders and regulators.
The jobholder will be required to undertake site visits and surveys throughout the Thames Region. Some occasional overnight and out of hours work may be involved.
Must hold a valid driving licence
To be successful you will have the following skills and experience:
  • First degree in a relevant subject (second degree and relevant professional membership, such as CIEEM). Post qualification experience desirable though not essential.
  • At least one protected species survey licence held.
  • Managerial/leadership experience in a similar sized company.
  • Good surveying skills.
  • Sound knowledge and experience in ecological assessments and planning policy.
  • Sound knowledge of UK and European legislation – particularly relating to protection of Scheduled Monuments.
  • Ability to understand and interpret GIS
  • Good written, negotiation and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate ecology issues to a business audience, and business issues to an ecology audience.
  • Ability to work under their own initiative as well as be quick to learn new procedures.
  • Diplomacy and confidence to deal with people at all levels and from different professional backgrounds.
  • Willingness to learn and develop own ideas whilst taking on new challenges.
  • Experience of ecology assessments and mitigation.
  • Project and contractor management skills desirable.
  • Water industry knowledge / experience desirable.
 
What’s in it for you:
 
Our competitive salary package includes an excellent contributory pension, 26 days holiday per year increasing to 30 with length of service and a wider benefits scheme. This includes an annual pay review, season ticket loans, voucher scheme giving you money off in major retail outlets, loyalty awards for continuous service plus much more, including our referral scheme, where you can receive £750 for helping someone get a permanent position within the company. 
 
We’re also proud to be here for our local community, offering everyone two days paid volunteer leave a year, as well as proudly supporting a lot of local events and charities. 

About us:
Thames Water is the UK’s largest water and wastewater company. We make a daily difference to millions of customers by supplying 2.7 billion litres of world-class water to around 10 million homes.  
As our world changes, the need to take care of our most precious resource is greater than ever, both locally and globally. That’s why, at Thames Water, every one of our actions, big and small, matters every day. Water is essential to daily life, and that means our business is always open. We’re passionate about providing world-class tap water, now and for the future.
We’re also turning waste into power, self-generating 20% of the energy we use and, in turn, doing our bit for the planet. We’re reducing plastic waste by celebrating our tap water and rolling out an ambitious water fountain project. We’re using our voice to lobby for change and partnering with WaterAid to provide clean water to the world’s poorest communities.
Together, we’re building a better future for our customers, our region and our planet.
Thames Water is a unique, rewarding and diverse place to work. If you join our team, you’ll enjoy fast-tracked career opportunities, flexible working arrangements and unparalleled benefits. We’re also proud to be an equal opportunity employer, Stonewall Diversity Champion and Disability Confident Leader, welcoming individuals from all walks of life and leading the way with award-winning mental health and well-being strategy.