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Seasonal Ecologist, 6 Month Fixed Term Contract

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WSP in the UK

25d ago

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Exeter +3

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  • You need a relevant degree, CIEEM membership, attention to detail, knowledge of wildlife legislation, experience with GIS, a UK driving license, ecological survey skills, and strong communication abilities to be our Seasonal Ecologist.
  • You will assist with field ecology surveys, data analysis, report writing, and biodiversity assessments. Outdoor work in varied locations and weather conditions.

Graduate Job

ScienceExeter, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cambridge


  • We are looking to appoint Seasonal Ecologists (including specialist aquatic ecologists) into various office locations (including, Exeter, Cambridge and Edinburgh or Glasgow) to support project delivery in 2024. Typically, these are full time posts, for a duration of six months. These posts represent fantastic opportunities for fresh or recent graduates or MSc graduates in ecology and related subjects to get their first career job. Our team is large (ca. 275 ecologists across the UK) but also incredibly friendly and supportive with a wealth of knowledge and experience to help you start your ecology journey in the right way.


  • An appropriate Degree in Ecology or a related discipline. Ideally, this would be a course accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (CIEEM).
  • A postgraduate degree e.g. MSc, desirable but not a requirement.
  • Qualifying Member status with CIEEM (or are eligible for this).
  • Attention to detail and analytical skills.
  • An understanding of relevant wildlife legislation and ecological survey methodologies.
  • Experience of working with data including spatial data and/or producing GIS maps.
  • A full UK valid driving licence (ideally – in some cases this may not be necessary)
  • Some demonstrable skills (not necessarily experience) in ecological survey.
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities



  • Spending around 70% of your time with us in the field, your role will include:
  • Assisting our ecologists with planning and undertaking ecology surveys including extended Phase 1 habitat /UK Hab surveys and protected species surveys. Our seasonal staff have the opportunity to get involved in all types of surveys.
  • Collating, analysing and presenting data including the use of biodiversity metrics to assess loss or gain in biodiversity units and bat sound analysis.
  • Inputting into technical reports and other deliverables, such as licence method statements and management plans.
  • This role involves outdoor work, sometimes in remote locations, in all weathers with some requirement for evening work and staying away from home.
  • At WSP we pride ourselves on supporting individuals and giving everyone the chance to shine.


Work type

Full time

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Exeter, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cambridge