Working For The Ecology Co-op

The Ecology Co-op is a wonderful company to work for. We have a brilliant team of administrative staff and dedicated ecologists working together in a relaxed working environment. We offer a competitive package, on top of salaries, for our full time permanent employees. Perks include private health care, some of our employees have a company car, dividends and a generous TOIL and bonus policy. At the Ecology Co-op we have our employee’s well-being at the forefront of our decision making. It can be a tough industry to work in but we have in-house mental health first aiders and a variety of other policies to support mental health and well-being. We also support our employees’ professional growth by providing a wide range of experience, opportunities to obtain licences and a generous training budget.


The Ecology Co-op is seeking an ecologist with a minimum of two years’ experience to join its expanding team and both Consultant and Senior level ecologists will be considered. The candidate would be based in our head office in West Sussex, however flexible working terms are available. As an environmentally and socially responsible business, we work hard to ensure that our team do not have to make long journeys to cover regular work and therefore it is important that all applicants are either presently based in Surrey, East or West Sussex, or are willing to relocate.

The closing date for this opportunity is Monday 22nd February 2021.

We are looking for individuals that have experience of managing a range of different projects and must have at least one protected species survey license

Within this role you will have the opportunity to undertake a broad range of ecological survey work. Experience of project management, proposal preparation, working with other environmental disciplines, and liaising with clients and consultees will all be essential attributes for the successful candidate. Experience working with a variety of protected species is of course desirable.

Key Responsibilities

You will work closely with the team in Sussex as well as collaborating with our staff in Kent, Devon and South Wales. This will be on a wide variety of projects, which are likely to include Ecological Impact Assessments, Habitats Regulations Assessments, mitigation and habitat creation, and protected species surveys.

Skills / Qualifications

  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent in ecology or a related subject.
  • An MSc or PhD in a relevant subject would be beneficial but is not essential.
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) will be essential (or at least the ability to quickly gain membership).
  • A valid UK driving licence is essential for this role as is the flexibility to work unsocial hours and to work away on site when required.

To apply for this exciting role please send your CV and covering letter to [email protected] If you require any additional information or guidance please contact Paul Whitby on 01798 861800.  We aim to answer all CVs via email within 7 working days after the closing date.

Diversity Statement

We are an equal opportunities employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws. The organisation is committed not only to its legal obligations but also to the positive promotion of equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: TBC dependent on experience.


Contact us if you are interested in being included on our Approved Sub-Contractor List. We currently work in the South East of England and will also have some seasonal work around Devon. We  are currently recruiting for sub contractors in Kent, Sussex and Devon.

Looking to expand your experience? Then please contact us to see if you can attend one of our surveys with us. We have a highly experienced team with a range of backgrounds and specialisms. One of our team members is also a mentor for the CIEEM Mentoring Scheme.

Register your interest by emailing [email protected]