Senior / Principal Ecological Consultant

We are seeking to employ a Senior / Principal Ecological Consultant to be based in our London or Manchester office.

The role:

We are seeking an experienced Senior or Principal Ecological Consultantto join our team in either our Manchester or London offices. The ideal candidate will have experience in managing and conducting Phase 1 ecological surveys and targeted detailed species surveys. You will play a crucial role in managing input into planning applications, environmental assessments, ensuring compliance with environmental regulations, and advising clients on mitigation strategies.  You will work on potentially ecologically sensitive sites in the property, industrial, hi-tech, sports, energy and transport sectors in both the UK and Oversea. You will play a central role in designing Net Positive Places throughout the UK and Overseas.  


Project Leadership: 

  • Lead ecological assessments for property development projects. 
  • Collaborate with architects, planners, and engineers to integrate ecological considerations into designs. 
  • Ensure compliance with environmental regulations and best practices. 

Biodiversity Enhancement: 

  • Develop strategies for enhancing biodiversity on development sites. 
  • Advise on habitat creation, restoration, and management. 
  • Implement measures to achieve biodiversity net gain. 

Technical Expertise: 

  • Conduct ecological surveys (e.g., Phase 1 habitat surveys, protected species surveys). 
  • Ideally hold survey licences for protected species.
  • Be a member of a relevant professional body.  
  • Analyse data and prepare ecological reports. 

Stakeholder Engagement: 

  • Engage with clients, local authorities, and conservation bodies. 
  • Present findings and recommendations to project teams and stakeholders. 

Team Management: 

  • Mentor junior ecologists, fostering their professional growth. 
  • Oversee project teams and ensure high-quality deliverables. 
  • Utilise data visualisation technologies for data analysis and visualisation such as GIS. 

The Team:

As a valued member of our established national team, your role will encompass a range of exciting responsibilities: 

  • Project Preparation and Management: You’ll actively contribute to the planning and execution of Ecological and EIA projects. 
  • Collaboration: Working with a wider multidisciplinary team on EIA projects in a wide range of sectors. 
  • Career Development: Joining a rapidly growing team will allow the successful candidate to enhance their project management and technical skills with significant opportunities for career growth. 
  • Guidance and Mentorship: We’re committed to your growth, providing support and mentoring throughout your journey. 
  • Join us and be part of a team of experts dedicated to making Net Positive Places. 

We’d like to hear from you if you have

Desirable Skills:

  • Strong knowledge of environmental regulations and best practices. 
  • Excellent analytical skills and attention to detail. 
  • Effective communication and teamwork abilities. 
  • Proficient in using IT software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook and GIS 
  • Proficient in numerical tasks.
  • Strong English communication skills, both spoken and written.
  • Skilled at writing efficient and effective reports.


  • Bachelor’s degree inEcology, or a related field. 
  • Valid driving license.

All Applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. Hilson Moran is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all communities