Current Vacancies

Johns Associates always welcomes CVs from talented/ aspiring ecologists, landscape architects and environmental professionals looking for a new challenge. If you are interested in working with us, please send a CV and covering letter/ email (and portfolio for landscape architect candidates) to ljohns@johnsassociates.co.uk

As a Registered Practice with both CIEEM and the Landscape Institute and with Investors in People Platinum status, we pride ourselves in providing high quality advice, designs and sustainable and creative solutions for our clients in the fields of ecology, landscape architecture, GIS, and green and blue infrastructure. We work across a wide variety of sectors including housing, leisure, transport, utilities, renewable energy, local and national government, conservation agencies and education and have a strong reputation for dealing with complex and challenging projects, providing the best outcomes for our clients, the environment, and local communities and in developing exemplar schemes. Our ecologists and landscape architects work closely together to provide design solutions that deliver wide-ranging benefits, maximising biodiversity net gain.

We have the following current vacancies within our Practice:

  • Bat Ecologist
  • Seasonal Ecology Survey Assistants (for 2024)
  • Senior Ecologist 

More information on these roles are given below.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Bat Ecologist

Due to the growth in the number and scale of our bat projects, (including more challenging work requiring advanced skills, research and bat conservation), we are looking to recruit an enthusiastic Bat Ecologist/ Ecologist with a Natural England Level 2 class licence and experience of working under bat EPS licences to join our friendly and experienced team. This permanent position is open to candidates seeking either a full- or part-time position and is based at our Grade II listed offices in Bradford on Avon but with home-working available as part of our Flexible Working Policy. The successful candidate would work closely with our Lead Bat Ecologist, who holds Level 3 and 4 class licences and numerous EPS licences including for rare species such as horseshoes and grey long-eared bats.

The post will include:

  • Efficient management and delivery of projects/ tasks with a focus on bats, across a range of sectors and within focused and multidisciplinary projects.
  • Undertaking field surveys including Preliminary Roost Assessment / Daytime Bat Walkover surveys for bats, Ground Level Tree Assessments and activity surveys.
  • Overview and co-ordination of bat survey equipment.
  • Production of high quality, robust written documents, including bat survey reports, PEAs, bat aspects of EcIA/ES, HRAs and EPS Licence applications (with support where necessary).
  • Robust bat data analysis / interpretation skills including statistical analysis.
  • Acting as day-to-day client interface.
  • Co-ordination of specialist sub-consultants as required.
  • Writing quotes/ tender proposals for relevant projects across a range of sectors.
  • Mentoring junior staff members as required.

Required:

  • A relevant degree(s) and appropriate membership of CIEEM.
  • At least 3 years relevant consultancy experience with strong working knowledge of relevant legislation, policy and best practice.
  • Natural England Level 2 Class licence for bats and experience of working under at least 2 bat EPS licences (as an accredited agent or as second ecologist).
  • Preparation of EPS licence applications.
  • Knowledge of, and proven ability in, the ecology and identification of all UK bat species.
  • Working knowledge of the most up-to-date bat guidelines and survey techniques (including use of infra-red videography).
  • Good competency in the use, management, deployment of range of bat survey equipment.
  • Confident at independently conducting all types of bat surveys associated with a Level 2 Class licence.
  • Strong experience in the preparation of bat reports.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Positive outlook and enthusiastic individual.

Desirable:

  • Experience of on-site bat supervision, including roof strip work.
  • Bat handling experience.
  • Qualification in tree climbing and aerial bat roost inspections. 

What We Offer

In addition to the opportunity to work on a wide range of interesting projects across a number of sectors as well as to develop your skills and experience in a supportive environment, Johns Associates offers the following benefits and rewards to all staff:

  • Competitive salary, dependent on skills and experience
  • Flexible Working Policy
  • Contributory pension scheme*
  • Employee Health Cash Plan and Private Health Insurance*
  • Annual leave entitlement of 28 days (pro-rata), plus Bank Holidays
  • Up to 5 days external training allowance per year, plus internal training/ mentoring
  • Company sick pay scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Flexible working and a balanced approach to working hours
  • Payment of annual CIEEM membership and support to upgrade membership when appropriate
  • Access to company and/or hire vehicles, plus payment of business mileage
  • Company laptop and iPhone
  • Discretionary bonus

* On successful completion of a three-month probationary period.

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter/ email to ljohns@johnsassociates.co.uk

Seasonal Ecology Survey Assistants 

April – October 2024 inclusive (permanent contracts may be available for the right candidates).

Looking to gain work experience in ecology for your CV? Or are you an experienced or licensed bat surveyor?

Are you available to undertake surveys during evenings/ early mornings during the summer? If so, we would like to hear from you!

Each year, Johns Associates relies on a pool of skilled survey assistants to help deliver our busy survey schedule. You will be able to commit to joining us on a regular basis on weeknights/ early mornings during April to October to undertake bat activity surveys and great crested newt surveys, although we may require support to undertake daytime surveys including checks of artificial refugia for reptiles or survey tubes for dormouse.

Full training from experienced ecologists will be provided. We require a high standard of work and competence in producing clear and thorough results. Applications from experienced bat surveyors are particularly welcomed. Health and safety training and PPE will also be provided.

Survey work is likely to be within Wiltshire, Bath, Gloucestershire, Somerset, North Somerset, Bristol, Dorset and Devon, although we do work across the UK. Ideally, you will be able to commute to our offices for onward travel to site, otherwise you must be able to travel to site independently, where our ecological survey lead will meet you.

Although we generally carry out ecological surveys across the South, you may be required to travel further afield and stay in accommodation overnight. Where this is required, accommodation costs will be covered by Johns Associates, with an allowance for subsistence to be claimed through our expenses procedure.

This role is ideal if you have a keen interest in ecology and are looking to increase your knowledge and gain valuable work experience in this field. No previous experience of assisting with ecological surveys is required, however, this would be an advantage. Applications from graduates or undergraduates studying for a relevant degree in ecology (or a related subject), holding Student or Qualifying CIEEM membership or with previous voluntary or work experience would be looked upon favourably.

Mileage (excluding commuting) and agreed expenses are paid.

This is an opportunity to gain practical work experience in ecological field survey.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to Liz Johns, ljohns@johnsassociates.co.uk. Closing date for applications is 29th February 2024. Interviews will be held w/c 4th March 2024.

Senior Ecologist

Due to our rapidly increasing workload, we are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and suitably experienced Senior Ecologist to join our friendly and growing team. This is a permanent position, based at our offices in Bradford on Avon but with the flexibility of home-working available as part of our Flexible Working Policy. We are happy to consider full or part-time hours.

Johns Associates is proud of its Investors in People Platinum status.

The requirements of the post are varied, and would typically involve the following:

  • Efficient management and delivery of ecology projects and the ecology requirement of multidisciplinary projects.
  • Coordination of field surveys and deliverables for a range of client projects.
  • Undertaking field surveys across a range of sites (including UK Habitat Classification surveys and Condition Assessments, and protected species surveys).
  • Production of high quality, robust written documents, including survey reports, PEAs, EcIAs, HRAs, Habitat Management Plans and ES Ecology Chapters for a range of development proposals (with support as necessary).
  • Developing mitigation strategies and advising clients on BNG opportunities/ requirements.
  • Acting as the day-to-day client contact.
  • Co-ordination of specialist sub-consultants as required.
  • Writing quotes/ tender proposals for relevant projects across a range of sectors.
  • Mentoring junior staff members in areas of expertise, both within the ecology team and across the company.

You will have:

  • A relevant degree(s) and appropriate membership of CIEEM.
  • At least 5 years relevant consultancy experience, with proven experience at the appropriate level in the following key areas:
    • Management of commercial projects to time and budget
    • Identifying and implementing solutions to issues as they arise
    • Production of robust PEAs, Ecological Impact Assessment reports (to CIEEM standards), HRAs and Ecology Chapters of Environmental Statements
    • Preparation of / assisting with the preparation of EPS licence applications
    • Strong botanical identification/ survey skills desirable (FISC Level 3 or 4)
    • Biodiversity Net Gain assessments using the Metric 4.0
    • NE/ NRW survey licence(s) an advantage, particularly bats
  • A thorough understanding of the UK planning system and supporting relevant UK and European legislation and policy.
  • Excellent attention to detail.

What We Offer

In addition to the opportunity to work on a wide range of interesting projects across a number of sectors as well as to develop your skills and experience in a supportive environment, Johns Associates offers the following benefits and rewards to all staff:

  • Competitive salary dependent on skills and experience (likely to be in the range £32,000 – £40,000)
  • Flexible Working Policy
  • Contributory pension scheme*
  • Employee Health Cash Plan and Private Health Care*
  • Annual leave entitlement of 28 days (pro-rata), plus Bank Holidays
  • Up to 5 days external training allowance per year, plus internal training/ coaching
  • Company sick pay scheme
  • Flexible working and a balanced approach to working hours
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Payment of annual CIEEM membership and support to upgrade membership/ achieve Chartered status as appropriate
  • Access to company and/or hire vehicles, plus payment of business mileage
  • Company laptop and iPhone
  • Discretionary annual profit-share bonus

* On successful completion of a three-month probationary period.

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter/ email to ljohns@johnsassociates.co.uk

 Johns Associates is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

 *No recruitment agencies*