The increasing number of ecologists in the job market has meant that competition for the top jobs is fierce. Although this can be frustrating for candidates looking for a permanent role, contracting is a great way to gain experience that will help towards getting a full-time work.
Demand for ecologists is also seasonal. The summer months provide the most market activity, on a both a permanent and contract basis, due to the increase in construction projects and animal lifecycle.
With all this in mind, here are my ‘top tips’ to appeal to potential employers:
Be flexible in terms of your location
In our experience, the demand for ecologists is greater in the South East and North of England – with much more competition for roles in the South West and South Wales.
Know your newts, bats and dormice!
We’re finding that the three main licences sought by employers are: great crested newt, bat and dormouse.
Attain your memberships
It’s advantageous to be a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).
Get safety training
It’s a good idea to get a CSCS card, a competency card scheme for construction, and any additional safety training – such as ‘working at height’ and ‘railway safety’ – will definitely bump you up the pecking order.
Be fully kitted out
Although personal protective equipment (PPE) is usually supplied by employers, having your own full kit demonstrates your commitment and readiness to work at short notice.
And finally, get in touch with us
If you’re a flexible independent consultant, or you’re interested in permanent opportunities, please get in touch with me as Acre have a number of roles we are currently working on – and plenty more coming up in the near future.