Roughan & O’Donovan (ROD) is looking to recruit an ecologist with two to five years’ experience for a permanent role within our expanding environment and ecology team.

Job type: Permanent

Location: Sandyford, D. 18 or Santry, D. 17

Salary: Competitive

About the role

You will work in an integrated team of ecologists, environmental scientists, planners and engineers and assist in the assessment and delivery of a range of projects, including ecological management and monitoring, rail, roads, greenways, buildings and bridges.

You will get involved in the ecological and biodiversity aspects of plans and projects.

Your main focus areas will include:

  • undertaking field surveys

  • technical reporting (Ecological Impact Assessments and Appropriate Assessments)

  • consultation with stakeholders and prescribed bodies

  • overseeing the implementation of mitigation measures and ecological enhancements

About our environment and ecology team

Our team has more than 20 years’ experience in the delivery of environmental planning services to clients across Ireland and UK, including:

  • guiding clients through complex environmental legislation and regulation

  • adopting strategies to mitigate and manage planning risk

  • supporting the consultation and stakeholder engagement process

Current projects include:

About Roughan & O'Donovan

Roughan & O’Donovan is one of Ireland’s leading civil, structural and environmental engineering consultancies.  Our company has grown rapidly in recent years, and we now employ over 230 people, of over 20 different nationalities, in our Dublin and UK offices. A multidisciplinary consultancy, we are committed to playing our part in creating a low-carbon future for the built environment.

When you join ROD, you will become part of a team recognised for outstanding technical skill and passion for excellence. You will have access to the exceptional training opportunities our award-winning CPD programme provides and enjoy a workplace that supports growth, flexibility and creativity. 

We offer health and wellbeing packages, flexible working and life event supports, so whatever challenges life may bring, you can feel secure in the knowledge that you will be taken care of.

We are a friendly team with an active social committee. From surfing and cycling weekends to tag rugby, cycling challenges and a weekly five-a-side, you'll find lots of ways to get involved.


  • Degree in ecology or a related biological/environmental science subject with an ecological component (Level 8 qualification in the National Framework of Qualifications or equivalent)

  • Two to five years’ experience in ecological/planning consultancy

  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) or equivalent

  • Familiarity with relevant Irish and European legislation e.g. Habitats Directive, Birds Directive, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive, Birds and Natural Habitats Regulations

  • Experience in preparing Appropriate Assessment Screening Reports, Natura Impact Statements, Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) Biodiversity Chapters and Ecological Impact Assessments

  • Good field skills and a keen interest in and understanding of Irish wildlife

  • Demonstrated field survey experience in ecology e.g. habitat classification (Fossitt), badger, otter, bat, bird and invasive species surveys

  • Excellent report writing skills

  • Excellent communication and IT skills, with the ability to record data efficiently and methodically

  • A strong work ethic and a client-focused approach

  • Good interpersonal and teamwork skills

  • Physically fit and willing to undertake fieldwork in remote areas

  • Fluency/high level of proficiency in spoken and written English

  • Full clean driving licence


  • A postgraduate qualification in a relevant ecological discipline that includes practical experience

  • Experience using GIS systems e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS and/or others

How to apply

Roughan & O’Donovan is an equal opportunity employer. 

For compliance purposes, Roughan & O'Donovan will retain, for at least one year, all records arising from the recruitment process.

Roughan & O'Donovan is not accepting unsolicited CVs from search firms. CVs submitted by search firms without a valid written search agreement, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the sole property of Roughan & O'Donovan, and no fee will be paid in the event of a candidate(s) being hired.

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