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Senior Ornithology Consultant / Ornithology Consultant

Ref: ORNCONS-007

Salary: Competitive salary based on experience + benefit package

Location: Chester, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Stockport, Southampton

Deadline: 8th September

About APEM

APEM Limited is Europe’s largest specialist aquatic environmental consultancy. We offer our clients an integrated approach to every aspect of the investigation and management of freshwater catchments and marine habitats and operate UK wide and internationally. Our consultants are recognised experts in their fields, and as a company we pride ourselves on our commitment to scientific rigour and an excellent service in providing solutions to our clients. The ornithology team is a global leader in the offshore survey of seabirds, marine mammals and other wildlife, especially in the context of marine renewables.

So far 2019 has been a big year for APEM. We have been awarded Water Industry Consultant of the Year and we completed a management buyout. We are heading for a new record turnover and are pushing forward into a number of new areas as well as expanding our teams in our traditional areas.

About the role

This is an excellent opportunity for high-calibre, motivated and commercially-minded scientists to join our expanding, busy and experienced ornithology team.

APEM is seeking to recruit enthusiastic individuals with a proven track record in a consultancy environment in a relevant field or the ability to adapt to a consultancy environment. You will have specialist knowledge and skills to enable you to assist with the management and technical consultancy of projects in the areas of marine or terrestrial ornithology.

APEM’s ornithology team is currently undertaking projects worldwide, collecting high-resolution aerial digital data for environmental projects, primarily renewable energy developments, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), and monitoring for conservation objectives. As a Consultant you will be responsible for providing a high quality ornithology consultancy service to clients, dealing with all aspects of the consultancy process from bringing in new projects to the production of a high quality scientific reports and maintaining good relationships with clients. You will also provide specialist technical advice to both internal and external clients and tender for new work as well as providing high quality analytical, data manipulation, GIS and writing support to the team.

About you

You will be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of biology, preferably with a marine slant. With previous experience of statistical analysis and data interpretation you will have the ability to carefully and robustly analyse wildlife data in the context of anthropogenic factors, producing well written and high quality reports.

You will be primarily office-based, although site visits and client meetings will be required.

If this sounds like you, please apply following the instructions below.

Our benefits package includes 25 days holiday (increasing to a maximum of 30 days in line with length of service), pension, private medical insurance, health cash plan, group income protection, death in service insurance, cycle to work scheme, company maternity, paternity and adoption pay.

How to apply

To apply please download an APEM application form.

You should then email a completed application form, along with a detailed CV and covering letter to by 8th September 2019. The subject heading of the email should state “your name – ORNCONS-007 – grade you are applying for – the office you are applying for”.

If you have any queries, please email and one of our team will respond to you as soon as possible.

Required Skills

  • Essential: Bachelors (2.1 or above), or preferably a Masters or Doctoral thesis in a relevant environmental science (e.g. ornithology, marine mammals, terrestrial ecology, mathematics or Environmental Impact Assessment)
  • Essential: Ability to deliver projects on time and to budget, to write clearly and to be comfortable communicating with stakeholders (for Senior Consultant)
  • Essential: Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Essential: Previous experience of report writing in a research, technical and / or commercial environment (for Senior Consultant)
  • Desirable: Spatial analysis using GIS to relate animal distributions to environmental features
  • Desirable: Proficiency in the use and application of GIS
  • Desirable: Proficiency in the use of R
  • Desirable: Knowledge of EIA and NSIPs