Dublin, Ireland Countrywide
02 Sep 2016
08 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
JACOBS is one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of technical and management services. We offer a full spectrum of consultancy support to commercial, government and industrial clients across many sectors. With offices in Dublin, Cork and Belfast, our Ireland Operations boasts an extensive portfolio spanning industry sectors from infrastructure and buildings to semiconductor and pharmaceutical.

Our Innovative Sustainable Solutions Business Unit provides a focus for advising our clients on sustainability issues including renewable energy, low carbon economies, impacts of climate change and waste and resource management. Our environmental capabilities comprise over 1,000 staff across Ireland and the UK, providing services over the spectrum of environmental specialisms.

To meet our growing business needs and future development aspirations, we are looking for a Senior Ecologist to join our growing Dublin Team. The successful person will become part of a respected and ambitious company with excellent career prospects and international opportunities. Our Ecologists provide specialist advice for the full range of projects undertaken by Jacobs and are currently working on a range of diverse, high profile projects within Ireland and the UK.

Our ecology team is currently over a hundred strong between the UK and Ireland which means technical as well as career mentoring to ensure your continued professional development. At Jacobs we provide the resources to turn great ideas into reality, and we are looking for the most talented and passionate ecologists and field biologists to be our next generation of leaders.

Primary Job Responsibilities

As a senior ecologist you will be working on a wide range of projects, including a number of high profile international infrastructure developments. You will work as part of a team, helping to plan and deliver monitoring programmes on a range of projects for a variety of clients.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of undertaking a wide range of ecological surveys including but not limited to, Phase 1 habitat, badger, otter and bird surveys. The candidate will be well versed with writing up technical reports, with experience of Ecological Impact Assessment. The candidate will have a good understanding of ecological pressures, and a working knowledge of the relevant Irish legislation including the Wildlife Acts 1976 to 2000, and be able to:
  • Plan and resource ecological field surveys;
  • Lead and deliver ecology survey outputs;
  • Identifying health and safety hazards of specific projects, demonstrating a commitment to your own health and safety and to those around you;
  • Produce quality assured ecology deliverables;
  • Supporting the engineering and technical teams in project delivery;
  • Support business development activities; and
  • Mentor less experienced staff.

Candidates must have a flexible approach to working hours to accommodate seasonality and survey time constraints. Jacobs has a strong record regarding duty of care to employees and as such you will not be expected to work unreasonably long days and we do not permit loan working.


• Recognised degree level qualification with a Masters or 2nd degree preferable;
• Relevant experience, either working within a commercial or consulting environment;
• Experience in understanding and identifying environmental impacts associated with infrastructure projects;
• Technical abilities in the areas of EIA and SEA and the ability to support the delivery of high quality environmental deliverables;
• Knowledge of environmental legislation - particularly Irish legislation and guidance;
• Excellent written and oral communications, including editorial skills;
• Capable of managing a challenging workload subject to change at short notice;
• Full Irish or UK driver's license; and
• Willing to work away from your base office on projects within Ireland and the UK Desirable :

• Attained chartership with professional body or on track to attain chartership status;
• Experience in ecology surveys (e.g: Phase 1 habitat, badger, otter and bird surveys);
• Postgraduate degree;
• Knowledge and use of GIS; and
• Familiarity with Irish environmental law.

JACOBS is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all.