First Ecology: Assistant Ecologist

Closing date:
Salary: Competitive
Contract type: Seasonal / Working hours: Full time
Location: Callow Rock Offices , Shipham Road, Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3DQ
The role involves undertaking ecological survey work at a range of sites across the UK. It will provide the opportunity to gain skills and experience in a range of protected habitat and species surveys. You will become competent in preliminary ecological appraisal, badger, bat, bird, great crested newt, hazel dormouse, reptile, otter and water vole surveys.

Contact details

To apply, please send your CV to Helen Ward (Consultancy Manager) at Enquiries are welcome by telephone to 01823 652425. Please ask for Helen.

The closing date for applications is the 2nd February 2020. Interviews will be held the week commencing the 10th February 2020. No recruitment agencies or previous applicants please.

First Ecology

First Ecology is an environmental consultancy committed to upholding best practice standards whilst also achieving pragmatic project outcomes. To deliver services of the highest quality, First Ecology is committed to the recruitment and training of talented individuals with the expertise to provide technical advice and support on development and conservation schemes across the UK. We specialise in ecology, arboricultural and landscape services but routinely work collaboratively as part of multidisciplinary teams. Due to our dedicated work ethic and positive approach, we have established a broad customer base which extends across public, private and commercial sectors. This affords a diversity of project types from minor habitat management tasks to participation in national development projects and ensures a varied and interesting project portfolio. As well as offering an engaging and rewarding career, your work will generate unrestricted funds which will be returned to the parent company, Somerset Wildlife Trust, to support their charitable conservation work across the county.


First Ecology is committed to supporting you as you start your career in ecological consulting. From the outset, we will ensure that you are informed of First Ecology’s systems and operations and properly introduced and integrated into the team. We will guide you through the process of applying for CIEEM membership and CSCS certification essential for operation as a consultant. Though ongoing mentoring, we will help to improve your awareness of best practice guidelines, planning policy and wildlife legislation. We will also provide formal and informal training to ensure that you gain the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to independently undertake a wide range of protected habitat and species surveys.