Ecologists study the animals and plants that inhabit a particular environment, and report on the likely impact of any proposed construction works.
The Role
  • 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
Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.
Qualifications & Training
There 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.