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An ecologist is responsible for studying the animals and plants that inhabit a particular environment, and reporting on the likely impact of any proposed construction works. This role will also include making recommendations on environmental issues.


Average salaries are in the region of £22,000.00 to £30,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

An ecologist is responsible for studying the animals and plants that inhabit a particular environment, and reporting on the likely impact of any proposed construction works. This role will also include making recommendations on environmental issues.

What they do

Their work begins with surveys to identify and record details of habitats and species. The data is then analysed and a report produced, detailing the potential environmental impact of any disruption to the environment and making recommendations on how best to manage the works.

The ecologist’s work will be combination of field studies, laboratory analysis, research and documentation.

As well as advising planners, engineers, designers and construction firms, an ecologist will also provide expert advise on subjects such as protected species, the reclamation of industrial areas or the response to pollution incidents.

Typical tasks include:

  • Visiting sites to undertake surveys of animals, plants and their environment
  • Researching the impact of construction and other human activity
  • Building computer models to predict effects of construction work
  • Advising on legal regulations in relation to protected species, e.g. bats, great crested newt
  • Analysing data collected
  • Advising project stakeholders
  • Providing expert advice on environmental legislation
  • Preparing reports and recommendations
  • Visiting site during construction to monitor that all works are carried out as agreed

Hours & Salary:

A career as an ecologist will usually involve working standard office hours, Monday to Friday, but there are likely to be occasions when it is necessary to work late or at weekends, particularly in more senior roles.

  • Newly trained ecologists can earn in the region of £17,000-£22,000
  • Trained with experience ecologists can earn in the region of £22,000-£30,000
  • Senior, chartered or master ecologists can earn in the region of £30,000-£45,000

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.


 

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Qualifications & Training

There are a number of routes that can lead to a career as an ecologist but most will require a degree or equivalent in a relevant field such as ecology, conservation biology, ecological science or environmental science.

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Career trends and forecasts

1110 additional staff needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 1110 non-construction professional, technical , IT and other office based staff (which includes Ecologist), between 2017 - 2021. The majority of this demand will be in the South West followed by a fairly even spread across East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, Scotland and Wales.

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