Senior Ecologist

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 Senior Ecologist to play an integral role in the development and implementation of our Environmental Strategy.  As Senior Ecologist you will establish, manage and develop ecological management strategies, plans and resources across the company.   You will ensure senior management is kept informed of the ecological status of our active sites and be experienced in data collation and technical report-writing.

This is also a hands-on role in which you will conduct ecological studies and impact assessments across a range of projects and environments to identify and advise how Coombes can balance the needs of our projects with those of the environment.  You will subsequently implement, monitor and evaluate protective actions/measures etc., reporting to senior management as required.

The ideal candidate will be pragmatic, an excellent communicator, self-motivated and able to work autonomously.  As well as sharing the ethos and values of our Company and having significant experience as an Ecologist, candidates must also have the following:

Salary: £35,000 – £40,000 DOE. A Company van will be available for the post holder.

Working Hours: 40 hours per week, to be worked Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm with 1hr unpaid break each day. This role will require some out of hours working associated with ecological surveys, including weekends, evenings and overnight.

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

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