Principal Consultant – Terrestrial/Freshwater Ecology (Reference: PC-TFE-001)

Apply today and be apart of our ambitious plans for 2021 and beyond!

Competitive salary plus benefits

Deadline for applications: 23rd April 2021

Are you bored in your current role? Do you want the new year to bring you a new challenge?  Perhaps you’re feeling uncertain about the security of your role because of recent events? Or do you want to be more than a small cog in a large machine?

If this is you, then please read on!

We are APEM, a leading global environmental consultancy, specialising in terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecology, and aerial surveys. In September 2020 we opened a new office in Cork to support our clients within the environmental, water, energy, and infrastructure markets. We are advertising for 4 positions for start in early 2021 including:

Principal Consultant – Terrestrial/Freshwater Ecology

Senior Consultant – Marine Ecology

Senior Field Scientist – Terrestrial/Freshwater Ecology

Senior Field Scientist – Marine Ecology

APEM’s clients benefit from an integrated approach to the investigation and management of freshwater catchments and terrestrial and marine habitats, based on sound science and our collective experience. Our consultants are recognised experts in their fields, and as a company we pride ourselves on our commitment to scientific rigour and an excellent service in finding and providing solutions to our clients. Quality, innovation, and expert technical ability are often cited as the key reasons why clients return time after time for all their environmental consultancy needs.

People are the heart of APEM and form one of the building blocks of our strategic plan, for us, employing and retaining the best technical staff and consultants is paramount to our success.

We are proud to be an inclusive company and stand for equality for all. As such we welcome applications from all individuals regardless of race, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Our continued growth, from a small aquatic consultancy 35 years ago, to a leading global environmental consultancy hasn’t been dampened by the pandemic in 2020, and we have continued to grow and expand with further ambitious plans for 2021 and beyond.

This is where you fit in.

We are welcoming applications for several positions to help support a developing team, fulfil framework projects and actively growing our Irish based client list.

Our current main areas of focus are the freshwater and terrestrial environments onshore, with a focus on work driven by the Water Framework Directive and the Habitats Directive, as well as the marine environment offshore, especially the development of offshore wind renewable energy.

What we are seeking…

As a Principal Consultant - Terrestrial/Freshwater, you will preferably have chartered status with CIEEM, CIWEM or a similar body, or at least working towards this. You will be a seasoned consultant with at least 7 years’ consultancy experience. You will be energetic and enthusiastic, with a can-do, optimistic outlook, able to write tenders and manage projects for exacting clients. You will thrive under pressure and be able to work to tight deadlines whilst remaining calm and focussed.

Required skills

  • Chartered with CIEEM or CIWEM
  • Preferably a PhD, minimum an MSc, in a relevant environmental or ecological subject
  • 7 years’ experience in consultancy
  • Contacts with and or demonstrable knowledge of the Irish terrestrial/freshwater ecology environmental sector and its regulators in national and local government
  • Ability to write eye-catching, scientifically sound, winning proposals that demonstrate quality and expertise
  • Ability to effectively manage staff and multiple projects
  • Knowledge and experience of sales approaches and techniques
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  • 25 days holidays (increasing with length of service to 30 days)

  • Company bonus scheme

  • Company maternity, paternity & adoption pay

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Death in service insurance

  • Group Permanent Health Insurance

  • Group personal pension scheme

  • Payment of professional membership fees

  • Private Medical Insurance & health cash plan

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