Senior Ecologist

Roughan & O’Donovan is looking to recruit a senior ecologist with five to ten years’ experience for a permanent role within our expanding environment and ecology team.

Job type: Permanent role available with the possibility of full time, part time or flexible working arrangements

Location: Sandyford, D. 18 or Woodford, D. 17, with the option of hybrid working

Salary: Competitive

About the role

Your role will involve:

  • leading our ecology team alongside another senior ecologist

  • working on the ecological and biodiversity aspects of plans and projects

  • assisting in the assessment and delivery of a range of projects, including rail schemes, roads, greenways, buildings and bridges

  • working in an integrated team of ecologists, environmental scientists, hydrologists, hydrogeologists, planners and engineers

Your areas of focus will include:

  • undertaking field surveys

  • technical reporting (Ecological Impact Assessments and Appropriate Assessment)

  • research projects

  • tendering

  • consulting with stakeholders and prescribed bodies

  • overseeing the implementation of mitigation measures and ecological enhancements

  • mentoring junior staff

About our environment and ecology team

ROD's environment and ecology team has more than 20 years’ experience in the delivery of environmental planning services to clients across Ireland and UK.

Our work includes:

  • 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:

  • DART+ West

  • West Clare Greenway, Phases 1-4

  • A6 Dungiven to Drumahoe Dualling Scheme 

  • Dodder Greenway

  • EU Life on Machair

  • Fáilte Ireland Visitor and Environmental Monitoring

  • Barnesmore Gap Greenway

  • Letterkenny to Burtonport Greenway

  • Buncrana to Carndonagh Greenway

  • Dundalk to Carlingford Greenway

  • Dublin Mountains Visitor Centre

  • Dursey Island Cable Car and Visitor Centre

  • Arklow to Shillelagh Greenway

  • The Irish National Heritage Park

  • SEA, AA and SFRA of National Roads 2040

  • A5 Aughnacloy to Omagh


  • 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)

  • Five to ten years’ experience in ecological/planning consultancy

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

  • Chartered environmentalist or ecologist or working towards chartership

  • 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

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

  • Experience of leading and mentoring junior staff

  • Excellent report writing skills

  • Experience of reviewing project deliverables

  • Working knowledge of GIS

  • Client focused, with good interpersonal skills and a team approach

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

  • Full clean driving licence

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


  • Expert witness experience

  • Experience in preparation of fee proposals and tenders

About Roughan & O'Donovan

Roughan and O’Donovan (ROD) is a leading civil, environmental and structural engineering consultancy. An independently owned firm, we employ a multidisciplinary team of more than 200 people, of 20 different nationalities, in our Dublin and UK offices. 

Our people are the heart of our business, and we invest heavily in their personal and professional development through all stages of their career development. We are an Engineers Ireland CPD Accredited Employer and operate an Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) training scheme. We have well-established graduate and chartership support programmes.

We offer wellness 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 weekends and ski events to tag rugby and cycling challenges, you'll find lots of ways to get involved.

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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