Ecologists study the animals and plants that inhabit a particular environment, and report on the likely impact of any proposed construction works.
- Visiting sites to undertake surveys of animals, plants and their environment
- Researching the impact of construction and other human activity
- Building computer models to predict effects of construction work
- Advising on legal regulations in relation to protected species
- Identifying and recording details of habitats and species
- Producing reports detailing the potential environmental impact of any disruption to the environment and making recommendations on how best to manage it
- Analysing data collected
- Advising project stakeholders
- Providing expert advice on environmental legislation
- Preparing reports and recommendations
- Visiting site during construction to monitor that all works are carried out as agreed
- Advising planners, engineers, designers and construction firms
- A career as an ecologist will usually involve working standard office hours, Monday to Friday
- Likely to be occasions when it is necessary to work late or at weekends, particularly in more senior roles.
- Newly trained ecologists can earn in the region of £20,000-£25,000
- Trained with experience ecologists can earn in the region of £25,000-£30,000
- Senior, chartered or master ecologists can earn in the region of £30,000-£50,000
Qualifications & TrainingThere are a number of routes that can lead to a career as an ecologist but most will require a degree or equivalent in a relevant field such as ecology, conservation biology, ecological science or environmental science.