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Ecology Graduate

Salary notes: 
Job/scheme locations: 
UK & Ireland
Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
Closing date: 

AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organisations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. 

A Fortune 500 firm, see how we deliver what others can only imagine.

About you

This is a fantastic opportunity to further your career by gaining valuable work experience within an established and successful consultancy.

We’ll pair you with an experienced member of the team who’ll guide and mentor you through your initial period working on live projects. You’ll be working within a multi-disciplinary team on field surveys including preliminary ecological appraisal, Phase 1 habitat surveys, other botanical surveys, ecological impact assessment and a range of protected species surveys. From time to time, fieldwork is likely to require working away from home and also some working at night when surveying. 

In addition to field skills, good organisation and planning skills are also required to support a team which works safely and to a high technical standard. You’ll also need to be able to work with a range of taxonomic groups, and you’ll be encouraged to pursue your own particular interests. 

As an Ecology Graduate with AECOM, you will be trained in technical skills, safety, project management and business systems. We’ll support you with a structured graduate development programme to help you realise your full potential as an ecologist on some of the most significant projects in the UK, Ireland and overseas.

About us

AECOM Ecology is one of the leading environmental consultancies in the UK and Ireland. More than160 professional ecologists support AECOM’s goal to deliver a better world through effective management of the biodiversity that underpins natural capital. We work across terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments in a wide range of sectors: power; utilities; development; government; manufacturing; oil and gas; and transportation. The majority of our work is based in the UK and Ireland, and there may also be opportunities overseas including Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Our ecologists work with architects, engineers, planners, economists and other environmental specialists on important projects. Together we provide the full range of ecological services including habitat and species surveys, impact assessment, advice on biodiversity mitigation, offsetting and enhancement, and management planning for biodiversity.

Ecology is part of AECOM’s Environment business which delivers environmental management services for feasibility, impact analysis and operational compliance as well as remediation, restoration and re-use of impacted property.

Job requirements

  • 2:1 degree and above (or equivalent) in Ecology or a subject with ecological component
  • Keen interest and understanding of UK wildlife
  • UK plant and animal (indirect and direct field signs) identification
  • Excellent field skills
  • Previous exposure to protected species surveys
  • Client-focused with good interpersonal skills and team approach
  • Hard working and highly motivated
  • Excellent communication and report writing skills Commitment to continued education and improvement through our approved training schemes
  • Good knowledge of all UK environmental law and an understanding of the relevant planning systems
  • Previous work experience in the ecology sector (eg, with an NGO as a volunteer or within a professional consultancy)
  • Ability to record data efficiently and methodically
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Full UK driving licence
  • Willing and able to visit other locations on company business


  • Protected species licence, such as bats, great crested newts, hazel dormouse etc
  • Postgraduate qualification in relevant subject
  • Proven experience of Phase 1 habitat, NVC and botanical surveys
  • Membership of or working towards full membership of appropriate professional institution
  • Evidence of published work in ecology field


Our Graduate Development Programme (GDP) along with our huge scope of projects across the globe will challenge and inspire you to make a real difference to the world we live in. Our GDP forms a core part of our business strategy globally, designed to develop the best talent across numerous disciplines to lead our business into the future. We have more than 750 graduates on our programmes across the UK and Ireland from more than 40 different disciplines, each making a tangible difference to the environment in which we live and work.

We’ll provide you with all the tools and support you need to achieve your professional development ambitions, including Chartership with the relevant international professional institution (we have graduates working towards more than 30 professional institutions in the UK and Ireland). We’ll push you to achieve the highest standards and expect our graduates to pass their professional review first time. You will be assigned a mentor to support and guide your development, and you will take regular training modules throughout the programme. There’ll be on-the-job technical development and classroom training where required, and the opportunity to work on live client projects with significant multi-disciplinary exposure.

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More about this vacancy

UK, Ireland
Number of vacancies: 
Up to 5