At AtkinsRéalis, our team of ecologists work throughout the UK to deliver a diverse range of challenging and exciting projects that benefit our clients, biodiversity and society.

The role

To meet our growing project workload and help us design and apply new approaches to our work, we are looking for experienced and enthusiastic Assistant Ecologists/Ecologists to join our Midlands team. Location can be flexible, but we hope to attract candidates principally to our brand-new office in Derby.

Joining us, you will have the opportunity to contribute to nationally significant and high-profile projects, with many of our projects winning awards for biodiversity enhancements, innovation, and knowledge sharing. Our ecology team also won the inaugural CIEEM Large-Scale Consultancy of the Year Award in 2018 and has been highly commended in the same award category each year thereafter.

At AtkinsRéalis we are fully committed to promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and work hard to make everyone feel respected, empowered and able to realise their full potential as important members of our team. Flexible working is a core part of our culture, and we appreciate that different people have different priorities. We recognise that a healthy work/life balance is integral to wellbeing, and we are extremely supportive of individual requirements for flexible and remote working.

What you will be doing

  • Working on nationally important infrastructure projects. Working as a team to manage project programmes and budgets.
  • Undertaking field surveys for a range of protected species and habitats.
  • Planning and co-ordinating field surveys, analysing and interpreting survey results using approaches such as biodiversity net gain or natural capital.
  • Designing and co-ordinating ecological mitigation.
  • Authoring a range of ecological reports and licence applications.
  • Managing work enquiries and preparing bids under the guidance of more senior staff.
  • Collaborating with internal AtkinsRéalis multi-disciplinary teams and undertaking stakeholder engagement.

About you

Ideally, you would have the following qualities/ qualifications / memberships:

  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) (Atkins to cover membership costs).
  • A degree or masters in ecology or closely related field.
  • Demonstrable specialist ecological knowledge.
  • A full, clean driving licence.

What we offer?

AtkinsRéalis recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements. As part of this commitment, we understand the need for a diverse and flexible workforce, where a work-life balance is important. So, by default AtkinsRéalis offers flexible working, where there is no fixed 9 ‘till 5, no need for a 5-day week, no requirement for a full-time contract, and no requirement to spend all your working time in the office.

Rewards and benefits

We offer a competitive salary that is regularly tested against other consultants with a default 25-days leave each year plus bank holidays and options to buy some or sell of that leave. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.


AtkinsRéalis is committed to developing its people both personally and professionally. Our colleagues have the advantage of access to a high ranging training portfolio and development activities designed to help make the best of individual’s abilities and talents. We also actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions.

Additional information

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. The vetting process is delivered by United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) and may require candidates to provide proof of residency in the UK of 5 years or longer. If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves, thrive and develop. To help embed inclusion for all, from day one, we offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and employee networks to support staff from different backgrounds. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.