Associate Director/Principal Fisheries Ecologist (Reference: FSHCONS-21-02)

  • Letchworth
  • Edinburgh
  • Chester
  • Southampton
Apply today and join our expanding fisheries team!

Competitive salary plus benefits

Deadline for applications: 24th February 2021

Grades: Associate Director, Principal Consultant

About APEM

We are APEM, a leading global environmental consultancy, specialising in terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecology, and aerial surveys.

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.

We have specific office locations, but equally acknowledge that good candidates may be based anywhere in the UK and are willing to look at a home based role (fully remote) if required for the right applicant as well as part-time working.

About the role

This is an excellent opportunity for high-calibre, motivated and commercially-minded scientists to join our growing fisheries team.

APEM is seeking to recruit enthusiastic individuals with a proven track record in a consultancy environment in a relevant field or the ability to adapt to a consultancy environment.  You will have specialist knowledge and skills to enable you to assist with the management and technical consultancy of projects in the areas of freshwater, estuarine and/or marine fisheries. You’ll provide authoritative ecological advice and innovative mitigation solutions/ enhancement considerations across a range of sites and schemes with varying levels of environmental and ecological sensitivities, including National and European designations. Across APEM you’ll work as part of a team of specialists and you’ll have great written and verbal communication skills with the ability to work closely with internal and external stakeholders.

APEM’s fisheries team is currently undertaking projects on the impacts of water abstraction, environmental monitoring and assessment of water company Drought Plans, infrastructure developments, coastal power stations, ports, WFD/heavily modified water body assessments, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), fish entrainment/impingement assessments, hydropower assessment, fish passage and fish screening. An understanding of UK fisheries legislation and its application to monitoring and environmental assessments will be an advantage.

About you

You will be self-motivated and able to work independently as well as within project teams drawn from our regional offices. The ability to communicate effectively with clients in all sectors and a sense of pride in, and responsibility for your work are paramount.

We would anticipate candidates will have a minimum of an MSc in a relevant discipline and be able to demonstrate professional experience. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential, as well as the ability to work to tight deadlines.

Whether you are an applicant with academic, regulatory, consultancy or third sector experience you will need to demonstrate your ability to apply your skills in a commercial consultancy context through experience of managing projects and dealing with people effectively and professionally.

At the Associate Director level you will work with the Divisional Director and APEM’s wider senior management team to help implement the company strategy. You will have line management responsibility within the fisheries team and work with the Divisional Director to implement the marketing, operations and business development of the team and expand APEM’s business. You will have a keen interest in the subject area and have demonstrable experience in general finance and budgeting.

You will be primarily office-based, although site visits, client meetings and fieldwork are likely to be required, which may include overnight stays; therefore, a full driving licence and personal flexibility is essential.

Required skills:

  • Experience in a client-facing role
  • Proven expertise in a relevant environmental discipline
  • Demonstrable experience in marketing and leadership
  • Solid understanding of finance and budgeting with a track record of managing projects to budget and proposal writing.


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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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