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. We’re passionate about supporting the professional development of our colleagues and providing a working environment where you can truly be yourself.  If this is something you’d like to be part of, please reach out to us – we’d love to hear from you.

About the vacancy

Coombes is seeking a full time Senior Ecologist to join our close-knit team, on a full-time permanent basis.  As a key member of our Environment team, you will 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 work closely with senior management, keeping them informed of the ecological status of our active sites.

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 together we can balance the needs of our projects with those of the environment

This role is ideally suited to someone with experience working as an Ecologist and is looking for the next step in their career. The ideal candidate will be pragmatic, an excellent communicator, self-motivated, a team player with the ability to work autonomously.  As well as sharing the ethos and values of our Company, candidates should also have the following:

• Degree in a related subject, or equivalent

• Protected species handling licence/s (ideally dormice, newts, bats)

• Associate Member of CIEEM

• Highly organised and experienced in data collation and technical report-writing

• Experience in the rail industry (desirable)

• Line management experience (desirable)

Naturally, 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!  Based in Hampshire and conducting field work across the southern region, the successful candidate must be flexible in their approach to work, have a full driving licence and be willing to travel.

Salary: £35,000 - £40,000 DOE + company vehicle (for commuting and business use)

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.

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

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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