RSK Group plc

Principal Biodiversity Consultant

Contract Type
Cheshire or Bristol
£commensurate with experience


RSK Group is one of Europe’s fastest growing solutions focused environmental and health and safety consultancies, with offices in the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.  It provides a range of services for a wide range of clients within the property, manufacturing, oil, gas and energy sector.  Since 1989, our philosophy has remained the same: employ, develop and retain talented people. Working for RSK is an opportunity to evolve as a professional, to innovate and to make a difference.


Our success is founded on the talent of our employees, so we recognise the importance of personal growth, encouragement and earned rewards. As a company, we want you to share in our achievements and we want to be a conduit for your success.


RSK’s International Projects Group (IPG) is a geographically diverse team that works on global environmental and social management projects. We work with major clients to meet the increasingly stringent legislative requirements of lending institutions including the IFC, EBRD and ADB. We have project resources and experience spanning the UK, Europe, the FSU, the Middle East and Africa and an excellent track-record for delivering high quality ESIAs on time and within budget.


We now have an exciting opportunity for a Principal Biodiversity Consultant within the IPG.  The role will be full time, 40 hours per week. The preferred location for the role is in either Helsby (Cheshire) or Bristol, however working from another location would be considered, depending on the strength of the candidate’s application. Travel to and collaboration with other RSK offices and staff working globally will be required.


Principal Environmental Consultant (Biodiversity) – Helsby (Cheshire) or Bristol


Key responsibilities will include:


  • Specifically, leading on the biodiversity elements of screening, scoping and delivery of international projects including feasibility studies, scoping reports, environmental and social impact assessments (ESIAs), critical habitat assessments, biodiversity action plans, biodiversity offset strategies (No Net Loss/Net Gain), monitoring programs, etc
  • Implementing corporate biodiversity programmes, including issues such as design and field-testing of baseline survey methods, biodiversity metrics, impact assessment protocols, mitigation programmes and biodiversity offsets, in collaboration with our ecological specialists
  • Contribute to the planning and coordination of biodiversity components of projects and tenders for the IPG team
  • Project management of IPG biodiversity projects as required
  • Providing business development support to the Biodiversity Team Leader including preparation of marketing materials, meetings with existing and potential new clients, participation in relevant industry events, etc 

Person specification:


  • Tertiary level qualification (minimum BSc degree) in a relevant discipline
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience working on biodiversity aspects of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) projects
  • Management of ecological specialists including having provided support on ecological survey design in accordance with regulatory and lender requirements
  • Experience on oil and gas pipeline projects is ideal but not essential
  • Specialist skills in a particular ecological field (e.g. botany, herptiles, small mammals, etc.) would be particularly advantageous
  • Familiarity and experience with relevant international Lender standards (including Equator Principles, International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standard 6, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s Performance Requirement 6 and the European Investment Bank’s Environmental and Social Practices Handbook) would also be advantageous
  • Good personal skills, covering written and oral communications (in English), planning and coordination. Ability to read, write and converse professionally in a second language would be advantageous
  • Team player, with the ability to work comfortably within multi-cultural teams in different environments and countries
  • Positive and enthusiastic self-starter, with the ability to work autonomously make leadership decisions when necessary within pressing situations 

Salary and Benefits 

  • £commensurate with experience
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays, childcare vouchers and private health care
  • Flexible working hours
  • Regular training and development 

RSK is committed to our Corporate Responsibility strategy. We seek to minimise our impact on the environment; to engage positively with the community and education groups; to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to work; and to promote Corporate Responsibility throughout our supply chain.


All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK/European Economic Area. Candidates should confirm this when applying with their CV and covering letter to Sarah Murphy, HR manager, at or call 0117 300 4295.


RSK Group plc is an Equal Opportunities Employer.




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