Closing date:
Salary: £24,000 to £27,000 depending on experience
Contract type: Permanent / Working hours: Full time
Location: Beechcroft House, Vicarage Lane, Curdridge, Hampshire, SO32 2DP
We are looking for a passionate and enthusiastic Ecologist to join our Ecology Team. The post plays an essential role within the Trust's professional ecological consultancy service, Arcadian Ecology and Consulting Ltd (Arcadian)

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Job Title: Ecologist

Full Time – 35 hours per week

Permanent contract

Salary: £24,000 to £27,000 depending on experience

Location: Beechcroft House, Vicarage Lane, Southampton, SO32 2DP

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is a grassroots movement working for nature’s recovery and to bring people closer to nature.

‘Our vision for a wilder future is beautiful and vital!’

We want great places to live that are good for people and good for wildlife.

We want nature to be normal, for children to grow up with wild green spaces to explore.

We want to restore and re-wild our land and sea and tip the balance in favour of nature.

We know this is what’s needed for our food, oxygen, physical and mental health, our prosperity and for a strong and vibrant society.

We know that nature’s recovery can help tackle the climate crisis.

Our future has to be wilder!

We are seeking an Ecologist to join our cause.

As part of the Trust’s Ecology Team, the post plays an essential a role within the Trust’s professional ecological consultancy service, Arcadian Ecology and Consulting Ltd (Arcadian). The aims of Arcadian are to:

  • Generate unrestricted income for the Trust
  • Build the Trust’s professional reputation
  • Develop professional capacity and services offered
  • Work collaboratively with other Trust consultancies through the AWTC

An essential part of this service is delivering ecological survey, monitoring and research work, to ensure conservation decision-making is based on sound evidence. This role therefore requires a specialism in field-based terrestrial ecology.

This permanent role involves:

Project Management

  • As part of Arcadian, the post is expected to deliver external projects; this will involve quoting, tendering for and delivering commercial contracts. All project work must be carried out in accordance with business operational procedures, professional standards and best practice.
  • The post requires running projects run to time and budget, working as part of team, delegating to trainee placements and volunteers as appropriate.
  • Project outputs will be subject to external scrutiny and be used to inform conservation management decisions. Therefore, there is a responsibility to ensure outputs are of a high quality and that the Trust’s professional reputation is maintained.

External Ecological Project and Advice Work

  • To carry out a variety of ecological surveys (such as bat, great crested newt and dormouse) and conservation projects for Trust partners and clients across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, such as West Solent Solar Co-operative.
  • To provide an ecological survey and advice service to Trust partners such as LA's, Statutory Agencies, Wildlife Investors, private landowners and other NGO's, and lead on project delivery.

Ecological Survey Programme and Trust Estate Support

  • To deliver the Trust's survey and monitoring programme efficiently and effectively across our nature reserves and associated sites, carrying out species and habitat surveys and working with local experts, volunteers and partners to achieve this.
  • To advise on and carry out ecological assessments for Trust sites, working with the Estates and Conservation Delivery team to ensure that any negative impacts on wildlife are avoided and/or mitigated for, as a result of conservation habitat management works and capital works, ensuring that protected species legislation requirements are met.

Arcadian Business Development and Promotion

  • Oversee the promotion of Arcadian Ecology through the website, social media, news items and events.
  • Develop Arcadian’s professional outputs such as reports and promotional materials to enhance the Arcadian brand and reputation.

The full Job Description is available in our Recruitment Pack, but in summary, the following is required:


  • At least 3 years’ experience of a broad range of field survey in a similar role
  • Experience and knowledge of project conception, tendering, management and delivery.
  • Experience of writing concise and clear reports to tight deadlines


  • Good general species and habitat knowledge
  • Educated to a higher level degree in a conservation based subject
  • In-depth knowledge of wildlife legislation and protected species issues


  • Good species id skills (including birds and botany)
  • Hold or be working towards protected species licenses for great crested newt, bats, and
  • dormice
  • Excellent communication skills, verbally, visually and in writing.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team work skills
  • IT skills including MS Office standard

Personal Qualities

  • Enthusiastic, confident and clear communicator 
  • Self-motivated and decisive, able to work on own initiative
  • Ability to manage own time effectively and to prioritise tasks and objectives in order to deliver against demanding time lines and deadlines

As an inclusive employer we recognise that our workforce needs to better reflect the communities in which we live and work.  We encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly those underrepresented within our sector, including people from black, Asian, minority Ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities. We are committed to creating a Movement that recognises and truly values individual differences and identities.

Closing date: 09 December 2021

Interviews:  16 December 2021

To apply, please download and complete both parts of the application form (parts a and b) and return to Please note that we do not accept C.Vs.

Application Form Part A

Application Form Part B

Recruitment Pack - Ecologist