RSK Group plc

  • Aquatic Ecologist

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  • Overview

    RSK’s internationally recognised ecology team are currently recruiting a high-calibre Aquatic Ecologist to compliment our expanding aquatic ecology business. The main office base will be Coventry although must have a willingness to travel throughout the UK to undertake surveys and occasionally work from other RSK offices. There may also be occasional opportunities to be involved in international projects.


    All of our ecologists work as a close-knit team with a strong focus on sharing expertise through training and professional development.  The successful candidate will join a supportive team that includes experienced aquatic and terrestrial ecologists. The primary focus of the role will be aquatic ecology but we would also welcome candidates with other interests and experience, particularly those that hold protected species licences. Though we are well known for working on large infrastructure projects, we also work on a wide variety of smaller developments as well as more unusual projects for nature conservation charities and government bodies.

    To find out more about the Ecology team and projects follow us on Twitter @RSKEcology or have a look at the relevant web pages:

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    Aquatic Ecologist – Coventry


    The main responsibilities of this role will include: 

    • Assisting in the planning and undertaking of aquatic ecology surveys including:
      • Fish (electrofishing, seine netting, fyke trapping)
      • Macroinvertebrate sampling
      • Crayfish surveys
      • Habitat surveys
      • Fish passage and screening assessments
      • Water quality surveys
    • Production of tenders and reports
    • Project management, report writing and delivery
    • Representing RSK at external meetings, workshops and conferences


    Desired experience

    • Previous experience in ecological consultancy with a focus on aquatic ecology surveys essential
    • Electrofishing experience (essential)
    • Macroinvertebrate survey experience (essential)
    • Crayfish survey experience (desirable – White-clawed crayfish survey licence an advantage)
    • Experience in survey planning (desirable)
    • Experience in data analysis and reporting (essential)
    • Experience in tender writing (desirable)
    • Membership of the IFM or CIEEM (desirable)


    Person specification

    • Relevant degree in aquatic ecology or related field
    • Protected species licences
    • Full driving licence (essential)
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Good team player, with the ability to work independently
    • Enthusiasm, energy and drive to develop skills and deliver projects to the highest standard
    • Report writing experience

    The successful candidate will need to be prepared to travel and be happy to work away from home. Due to the nature of the work, successful candidates will need to be flexible on working hours.  Additional to the usual benefits, we also offer a 4-day week in the winter to compensate for longer working hours in the summer.


    Salary and benefits: 

    • £negotiable, depending on experience
    • Contributory Pension Scheme
    • A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays, childcare vouchers and private health care
    • Regular training and career development 



    We operate an open and relaxed management culture that nurtures continuous improvement and innovation. This also enables us to achieve a staff turnover rate that's consistently below the industry average. Adopting a proactive growth strategy helps us to run a sustainable and profitable business while providing new and exciting career opportunities for all.


    As an entrepreneurial organisation, we encourage and foster the growth of our employees. When joining RSK, a mentor works with you to ensure you set and achieve your goals. We want to accelerate your professional development, including opportunities for a promotional fast track.


    Further, retaining staff is the building block of a successful organisation. As a company, RSK wants to ensure you maintain a healthy work life balance, with many opportunities for flexible working hours, locality flexibility, social activities, and community involvement projects.


    The company prides itself on providing its staff with a rewarding and challenging career, encouraging Continuous Professional Development, allowing employees to reach their full potential.  Having been recently placed within the top10 UK environmental consultancies (Environmental Analyst, December 2017) and number 42 in the Sunday Times Fast Track 200 which rates the success of private companies in the UK, there has never been a more exciting time to join. 


    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.


    For more information please call Kate Pine, HR Advisor on 01928 728156 or email


    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.


    RSK Group plc is an Equal Opportunities Employer.




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