New non-native species job: Senior aquatic non-native species consultant

19 November 2020

New non-native species job: Senior aquatic non-native species consultant
APEM is seeking a senior aquatic non-native species consultant.

APEM has a large and increasing portfolio of projects working with aquatic invasive and non-native species (INNS). Projects include monitoring, risk assessment, management and eradication of INNS. Leading or providing senior level technical input to a wide range of projects, you will work as part of a team of aquatic scientists with cross-cutting expertise in ecology, hydrology and environmental management. Typical projects are driven by the requirements of the Water Framework Directive, the Habitats Directive and legislation specific to management of INNS, such as the Invasive Alien Species Regulation. Clients include the UK and Irish environment and conservation agencies, the water and energy industries and infrastructure developers.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the company at the forefront of this rapidly developing field; to develop new areas of work and to engage with clients to ensure that we provide the best service possible to meet their needs.

About you

We are seeking a senior consultant with specific expertise relevant to aquatic INNS (particularly if experienced in freshwater species). Ideally your experience will be with one or more of the key groups of concern (e.g. aquatic macrophytes, bivalves, fish, amphipods).

You should have at least four years’ relevant professional experience. Research experience, including an MSc or PhD in a relevant subject, would be desirable but practical experience and understanding is key.

The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of policy and law covering INNS/water environment management in the UK and further afield, along with desk or field-based experience. Experience designing monitoring and management programmes for INNS is essential. Understanding water company operations and regulation is highly desirable, along with experience of ecological impact assessments. Experience in delivering this work within commercial consultancy, industry or regulators would be highly favourable.

You will be required to work both independently and as a leader of project teams, and in addition to providing specialist technical input, you will be expected to communicate effectively to clients and within multi-disciplinary project teams. You will need to demonstrate your ability to apply your skills in a commercial consultancy environment through experience of managing projects and dealing with people effectively and professionally. In addition, you should be prepared to travel to attend meetings, site visits and carry out field work across the UK and/or Ireland. A valid driving licence is therefore essential, along with excellent report writing and numerical skills and a proven ability to deliver projects on time and within budget. Experience of tendering is also desirable.

Oxford, Cardiff, Cambridge, Manchester, Letchworth, Edinburgh, Chester and Southampton

Find out more and apply (external link) 

Deadline for applications: 30 November 2020.

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