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Ecology Intern Birmingham & Nottingham - fixed term - immediate start


Posted: 10/9/2019
Job Status: Contract/Temporary
Job Reference #: 1385885
Categories: Summer Jobs

Job Description

Requisition/Vacancy No.

Job Category
Vacation Student / Internship / Graduate

Job Summary
Salary:  Competitive
Opening & Closing Date:  Open July 19 - Immediate Requirement - Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible as CVs will be reviewed and candidates selected on a rolling recruitment basis.


AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, see how we deliver what others can only imagine at and @AECOM.

AECOM is one of the leading environmental consultancies in the UK&I with over 160 professional ecologists supporting AECOM’s goal to deliver a better world, through effective management of the biodiversity which underpins natural capital. 

We have opportunities for graduate ecologists (ideally with no less than 1 seasons experience) to join AECOM, experience the exciting breadth of work we are involved in, and contribute to the success of our team. 

We work across terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments in a wide range of sectors: Power, Utilities, Development, Government, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas and Transportation. The majority of our work is based in the UK and Ireland, and there may also be opportunities overseas including Europe, Middle East and Africa. Our ecologists work with architects, engineers, planners, economists and other environmental specialists on important projects providing the full range of ecological services including habitat and species surveys, impact assessment, advice on biodiversity mitigation, offsetting and enhancement, and management planning for biodiversity.  


The successful candidate will be expected to take part in a variety of fieldwork, including Phase 1 habitat surveys, botanical surveys and a wide range of protected species surveys. From time to time, the fieldwork is likely to require working away from home and also some working at night. You will be paired with an experienced member of the team who will train, guide and mentor you through the initial period to complete required training and start working on live projects. We also provide in-house training courses through the survey season for different survey types.

In addition to field skills, good organisation and planning skills are also required to support a team which works safely and to a high technical standard. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential and you must  be able to analyse and describe biological data and produce high quality written reports. Office-based project management and survey co-ordination work will also form part of the mix of work if this is desired by the candidate. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable work experience within an established and successful consultancy. 


On-the-job training is provided to support you and to help realise your potential as an ecologist on some of the most significant projects in the UK, Ireland and overseas.

This role has the potential to lead to a permanent position. 

Business Line

Position Title
Ecology Intern Birmingham & Nottingham - fixed term - immediate start

Position Status

What We Offer
When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Minimum Requirements
Relevant degree (graduate) with at least one seasons work experience
Degree classification 2:1 (or equivalent) or above – achieved or expected
Proven experience of Phase 1 habitat, NVC and botanical surveys
A protected species licence, such as bats / great crested newts / hazel dormouse
participating in our approved training schemes 
Full UK Driving Licence
A keen interest and understanding of UK wildlife
Experience and / or training in identifying UK plant and animal species through indirect and direct field signs
Good knowledge of UK environmental law and an understanding of relevant planning systems
Previous exposure to protected species surveys 
Well organised with good time management and communication skills
Ability to record data efficiently and methodically
Excellent communication and report writing skills, with computer skills in MSWord, MS Excel
A hard working and highly motivated individual
Good interpersonal skills and team approach
Willing and able to visit other locations on company business
Able to demonstrate a commitment to continued education and improvement through on the job exposure
-Full UK Driving Licence

Preferred Qualifications

-A protected species licence, such as bats / great crested newts / hazel dormouse
-A postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject
-Proven experience of Phase 1 habitat, NVC and botanical surveys
-Membership of or working towards full membership of an appropriate professional institution
-Able to provide evidence of published work in the ecology field

Business Group
Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)


United Kingdom

GBR - West Midlands

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