Senior Ecologist Position Available


INIS is currently advertising for a Senior Ecologist to join our team.

Location – Limerick

Salary – A competitive salary is available depending on qualifications and experience, together with a comprehensive benefits package.

General description

We are a leading, independent consultancy with an enviable reputation for delivering high quality and outcome-focused environmental and ecology services. We are currently seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Senior Ecologist to join our growing environmental management team in Ireland. We have recently won major commissions for a number of energy related projects and are also undertaking an assessment of OPW’s Arterial Drainage Maintenance Programme throughout the country. The post holder will support the expansion of our ecological and environmental services, supporting projects across a wide range of sectors.


The successful candidate will, amongst other things, be responsible for:

Providing expert ecological input into a range of projects;
Organising, planning and undertaking site surveys and other fieldwork, for a range of protected species, a wide variety of habitat types and utilising a number of ecological survey techniques;
Undertaking Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEA), ecological impact assessments (EcIAs) and ecological chapters for Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs) for commercial development, wind farms, quarries, flood relief schemes and development plans;
Undertaking Natura Impact Assessments (NIS) and Appropriate Assessments;
Writing and reviewing technical reports and other outputs;
Producing project proposals and quotations;
Management of budgets and deadlines for projects;
Managing and mentoring junior staff, working with colleagues, and liaising with clients, regulators and stakeholders.

Qualifications and Experience

Candidates will need to be qualified to MSc level (or equivalent) in an ecological discipline and a track record in ecological survey and assessment, preferably gained from within an environmental consultancy. Full membership of the CIEEM and a full driving licence are also essential.

In addition, we are looking for a candidate with the following knowledge and experience:

Detailed knowledge of wildlife and conservation legislation, within Ireland and also the UK, including the Habitats Regulations;
Experience in Phase 1 Habitat surveys and botanical survey techniques;
Excellent technical report writing skills;
Knowledge and awareness of planning process and policy;
Experience of designing, implementing and managing ecological mitigation schemes;
Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams to deliver the objectives of large and complex commissions; and

Given the nature of the role and work of INIS it would be of advantage if candidates have qualifications and experience in some of the following areas:

A postgraduate degree in ecology or related subject;
Project management and business development experience;
Specialist experience in aquatic and coastal ecology or ornithology;
Practical understanding of the Water Framework Directive (WFD);
Experience of wider environmental and sustainability issues;
Knowledge and understanding of ecosystem services;
Renewable energy project experience;
Fish passage schemes
River restoration techniques; and
GIS and/or CAD experience.

We are only looking for a Senior Ecologist so please do not apply unless you meet the criteria. If you are interested in joining our team please email your CV and a covering letter to