Marine Mammal Technical Specialist/Principal

Apply today and help shape future growth and drive APEM’s expansion!

Competitive salary plus benefits

Deadline for applications: 20th June 2021

APEM are continuing to grow in all divisions, heading for a new record turnover and we are pushing into a number of new areas as well as expanding our team. We work on an extremely diverse range of coastal and marine projects and have ambitious plans for 2021 and beyond, within the UK and globally.

In particular we are developing our marine mammal capabilities and this is an exciting opportunity for a marine mammal Technical Specialist and Principal to join our marine consultancy team.

About the role

Are you currently a marine mammal specialist who has gained consultancy experience?  Perhaps you come from a regulatory body or academic background and want to develop your experience within a world class consultancy.  

With the support of APEM’s highly experienced marine team you will be responsible for the coordination and delivery of tendering activity and all aspects of project delivery including marine survey design; stakeholder and client engagement; data review/data collation and data analysis and interpretation.

You will be responsible for the design and delivery of bespoke marine mammal surveys to meet client needs and keep up to date with the latest available technologies, including working with the outputs of APEM’s aerial marine mammal surveys.

You will be a technical lead for marine mammals providing expertise, advice and guidance to colleagues and clients with extensive understanding or marine mammal assessment requirements. Overseeing and providing expert review for a wide range of marine mammal ecological assessments (Scoping reports, PEIR and EIA and HRA reports, EPS licences) is an essential part of the role. In addition, you will have management responsibilities for a variety of marine projects ensuring delivery to a diverse client base.

Business development will be key to the role including maintaining relationships with existing clients and seeking new clients and marine mammal project opportunities. You will be encouraged to attend or present at marine conferences / events and undertake training to develop your skills, giving you the chance to influence how we best meet our client needs in a growing and ever-changing market.

The Principal role will also include line management responsibilities for the marine mammal team, including the mentoring and training of individuals and staff development via APEM’s internal development scheme. 

About you

We are looking for an individual with a strong team ethic and keen to work with colleagues across a range of marine disciplines. You will be driven by the requirements for sustainable development in the marine environment and the need for environmental protection and effective management.

You will have over 3 years of experience in marine mammal ecology and ecological assessment, preferably within a consultancy setting.

Able to demonstrate an excellent understanding of marine mammal ecology and assessment with relevant commercial awareness, the successful candidate will have a detailed knowledge and understanding of policy/legislation relevant to marine ecology conservation and its application for marine ecology assessments.

You will successfully work across a diversity of specialist teams and have a good track record of client management, and successfully developing, maintaining, and managing external stakeholder relationships.

  A high level of attention to detail, the ability to work to tight timeframes, good delegation skills and the provision of specialist technical input are key aspects of the role. You will be keen work closely with the senior management team to expand APEM marine mammal capabilities and project portfolio

Required skills:

The successful candidate will ideally have the following experience:

  • M.Sc. or Ph.D. in marine ecology or related discipline
  • Ability to organise and undertake marine mammal visual and acoustic surveys
  • Coordinate, undertake and review marine mammal impact assessments (including HRA, EIA)
  • Underwater noise impact assessment
  • Overseeing preparation and requirements for EPS licences

Leading on population and impact modelling with extensive working knowledge using and applying models, such as:

  • Understanding of relevant policy/legislation
  • Excellent communication and reporting skills
  •  Use of statistical packages including PRIMER
  • ·Extensive use of Word and Excel

At the Principal level it will be necessary to demonstrate previous experience of line management.

Proficiency in GIS software packages would be advantageous.

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.

(Ref: MMTSP-21-01) 

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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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