Ecological Clerk of Works

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Engineering

Leeds or York, GB

Type of Contract:  Fixed Term Contract
Level of experience:  Any
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Around the world, SYSTRA’s specialists plan, design, integrate, test, commission, project manage and deliver mass transit and mobility solutions that are relied on by more than 50 million people every day.

For more than 60 years, the Group has been committed to helping cities and regions contribute to their development by creating, improving and modernising their transport infrastructure with sustainability, accessibility and innovation at the heart of our designs. With over 8,250 colleagues globally and around 1000 in the UK & Ireland we are growing significantly and seeking out the very best talent to join the SYSTRA signature team and be part of leading the way in infrastructure design.


SYSTRA are looking to expand our Signature Team in the UK, working on high profile infrastructure projects such as Crossrail and HS2, we are building on our 50 years of success in the UK by growing our team and looking for passionate people to deliver projects across our portfolio.


We are recruiting for Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) Ecologists to provide temporary support to the Ecology team. This is largely a site-based role. We offer a 9-month contract with the opportunity to extend to 18 months. 


These roles are available to start working from April 2023 in South East England.


The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a range of experience within the Civil Engineering/Transportation/Infrastructure sectors.


This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic Ecology Clerk of Works to further their career in a highly motivated and inspirational environment.


Main Duties of the role:



  • Programming and coordination of data sets and site surveys and organising specialist ecological surveys as and when required. 
  • Maintaining and constantly improving the ecological surveying and reporting procedure to increase effective information transfer throughout the schemes delivery process.
  • Lead and/or assist at Protected species surveys
  • Advise internal and external clients / colleagues on ecological matters
  • Conducting site walkovers / surveys
  • Liaise with designers, contractors, and the client regarding ecological elements of schemes.
  • Actively promote Health and Safety in the workplace, setting a good example to other employees and ensuring awareness of and compliance with all legal requirements via the processes set out in the Health and Safety Procedures. Ensuring Team compliance on H&S for site visits
  • For all works - ensure compliance at all times with European and UK Environmental and Wildlife Laws.


Candidate Specification


  • Relevant degree in ecology or a related field
  • Have a valid driving licence
  • Previous experience undertaking ecological surveys in the UK and/or botanical surveys is desirable
  • Relevant consultancy experience
  • Ecological Clerk of Works experience
  • Report writing skills
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Proficient in Word and Excel is desirable
  • Have the ability and willingness to travel and stay away at survey sites in various locations around the UK.
  • Membership to the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)




  • EPS survey licence (Great crested newts, badgers, bats)
  • Breeding bird surveys experience
  • CSCS card holder
  • badger sett closure experience
  • otter holt closure experience
  • Invasive species


In return, we offer a very competitive salary with a comprehensive and attractive benefits package with opportunities for flexible working and career development.


Please note, we do have a preferred supplier list for the provision of recruitment services and we will not accept unsolicited CVs from suppliers not currently on our PSL.




Our three core values: Excellence, Connected Teams and Bold Leadership are kept at the heart of everything we do. We strive for the highest levels of technical excellence, achieving the best results through teamwork, both locally and internationally, and reward innovative thinking through encouraging all colleagues to think as leaders. We offer clear and well supported pathways for career development and qualification attainment, a competitive remuneration package including a bonus and private healthcare, an electric car scheme and a broad suite of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

Because we value who you are as much as what you do, we want you to feel supported at work. We offer hybrid working, balancing the benefits of working from home with time in our modern, well-equipped offices for that crucial in-person contact, team development and collaborative working. We also recognise that life doesn’t always run to the same schedule for everyone, so we have a dedicated flexible working policy to support you in tailoring your work life to reach your full potential, for more details on this, please get in touch.

Diversity & Inclusion

We provide a warm welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of people who can enrich our company and offer perspectives which will drive better solutions in a truly inclusive environment. Our employee led working groups and clearly defined strategy help us to keep at the leading edge of important issues and keep us accountable. We want our colleagues to feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and continually seek new ideas and contributions to ensure we continue to grow and develop in this space.


It’s no surprise that people do their best work when they feel physically and mentally supported. Our SYSTRA Wellness Programme offers a wide range of support; from Wellness champions, to free health checks, healthy eating workshops and regular seminars, alongside access to a wide range of external support. We offer two paid days for charity work and an ever-growing social calendar.

Apply and find out more about how Systra can support you in your career journey. If you require any adjustments to support you in your application or interview process please email:  where your request will be treated confidentially and with respect. We pledge to offer an interview to any candidates with a disability who apply for a role and meet the minimum criteria.

As we are always looking to expand our team, we would still be interested in hearing from you if you fulfil most, but not all, of the relevant criteria for the role – you could still be just what we are looking for.