About Coombes

Coombes UK plays a key role in the rail industry, providing a whole manner of off-track solutions, and minor civils works, in partnership with Network Rail and other major contractors.  

Coombes UK is also a leading Arboriculture and Forestry Contractor, with well over a decade of experience and expertise in the forestry sector. We have forged a strong industry reputation and we believe we have an unrivalled skill set and peerless knowledge of forestry work at all levels.

We have seen recent significant growth and we are proud to be a Principal Contractor and Framework Contractor to Network Rail, as well as having some exciting projects underway in woodland management, timber harvesting, rail and civils works across the country.  We are seeking skilled and experienced colleagues in a range of disciplines to support our growth and help us provide a service that is second to none.

Coombes is a family-run SME, where we value integrity, a positive ‘can-do’ attitude and working together as one team to give our clients the best possible service.  If this sounds like you, please reach out to us – we’d love to hear from you.

About the vacancy

Coombes is seeking a full time Ecologist to play an integral role in the development and implementation of our Environmental Strategy.  As Ecologist, you will be required to carry out ecological studies across a range of projects and environments to identify and advise how we can balance the needs of our projects with those of the environment. You will subsequently implement, monitor and evaluate protective actions/measures.

The successful candidate will produce, and have previous experience of, Ecological Impact Assessments and hold some protected species survey licences (ideally of bats, newts, dormice).  You will be highly organised, have excellent analytical skills and be a member of CIEEM (or working towards).  A confident communicator, you will also be experienced in data collation, report-writing as well as being responsible for ensuring management are kept informed of the ecological status of our active sites.

The role will require you to be a self-motivated team member who can work both independently and as part of a team.  You will take pride in your work and complete tasks to a high standard.  You will be field-based for a significant amount of your time, so you must be happy to work in all that the British weather has to offer!

As well as sharing the ethos and values of our Company, candidates must have a degree in a related subject. Experience in the rail industry is desirable. Based in Petersfield and conducting field work across the southern region, the successful candidate must have a full driving licence and be willing to travel.

Salary: £30,000 - £35,000 DOE. A Company van will be available for the post holder

Working Hours: 40 hours per week, to be worked Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm with 1hr unpaid break. This role will require some out of hours working, including at weekends and evenings.

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We will keep your CV onour records for 6 months after the closing date, at which point it will be destroyed.

For a full role profile, please contact the HR Manager on 01730 231761 or email

To apply for this opportunity, please forward your CV and a covering letter/email  or to our HR Manager at Coombes UK, Unit 6 New Farm Buildings, Winchester Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3PB.

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