Cherryfield Ecology

Opportunities to join our team at Cherryfield Ecology

Cherryfield Ecology is keen to hear from freelancers and self employed Ecologists for the up coming summer survey season.

If you are interested in working with Cherryfield Ecology please send a CV and your address to



Cherryfield Ecology has a new, exciting opportunity for an Ecological Consultant to join our expanding team. We are looking for a motivated individual to help continue to deliver a professional, experienced and reliable service. The successful candidate will be responsible for undertaking ecological surveys, report writing, project management, providing support to other team members and live within a reasonable commuting distance to our office, which is based in Luton, Bedfordshire. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the right candidates to build on existing knowledge and skill sets, with career development opportunities. Cherryfield Ecology is a small family run business, which specialises in terrestrial ecology working primarily in Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and the M25 ring.

Applications from a Graduate Ecologist with less experience will also be considered with a lower pay scale of £18,000 to £20,000.

Salary range: £22,000 to £24,000 dependent on experience.

Hours: Standard 40hr week, with unsociable hours during the busy summer season.

Location: Home Based – Southeast/North London area, although any location around the M25 ring will be considered.

Benefits: Paid annual CPD budget, paid annual membership of Professional Body, Paid Staff days, worked in TOIL around bat surveys, plus other benefits.

What we need from you –

  • As a minimum an undergraduate degree in Ecology or related subject.
  • Experience in bat survey methods, especially PRA’s and dusk/pre-dawn surveys. Most of our work involves bats in some way shape or form. If you have a level 1 survey license this would be preferable.
  • You will need access to a vehicle and have a full UK driving license.
  • Knowledge and experience in PEA/Impact assessment of sites.
  • Experience of surveying for other protected species, including GCN, reptiles and vegetation. Licenses for other species would be an advantage.
  • Good report writing skills, knowledge and use of common word packages e.g. word/excel.
  • knowledge and use of QGIS.
  • A membership of a professional body e.g. CIEEM/RSB/IEMA.
  • Have an understanding of how ecology fits in within the planning and construction industry.

What we offer in return –

  • Paid membership of a professional body.
  • Built in TOIL around summer bat surveys.
  • Annual CPD budget.
  • Paid holiday, 21 days plus bank holidays.
  • Flexi working hours.
  • Company pension scheme.
  • Company Van.
  • Company meal scheme.
  • Yearly bonuses, if the company does well, so do you!

How to Apply –

Email your CV and cover letter to

Subcontractors and Seasonal Opportunities –

Most of the work that Cherryfield Ecology undertakes is related to bats, so experience of using a bat detector, undertaking emergence and re-entry surveys is ideal and access to a car is a must. You must be available to undertake dawn surveys. We are also keen to hear from Ecologists with experience undertaking common reptile surveys, badgers surveys, GCN and phase 1 habitat surveys.

Information required –

  • Availability
  • Experience you have with protected species surveys
  • Whether you hold any Natural England licences for bats, GCN or other species
  • Professional Membership e.g. Royal Society of Biology/CIEEM

No Agencies, Thank You.

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