Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Ecologist 2022

Biology/Environmental Science.

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About Stantec

With 21,000 talented professionals internationally, Stantec has a strong reputation for its work with public and private sector clients on a diverse range of high-profile infrastructure and development projects.

 The friendly and collaborative culture at Stantec is something we are proud of and we have many other reasons for you to be excited about joining us. We offer a competitive salary, agile and flexible working arrangements, industry leading training, great projects and lots more!

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The Opportunity

Redefine your personal best

Have you ever thought about joining a Graduate Development Programme where you get to work in a diverse, welcoming, and fun environment, on amazing projects, whilst starting your journey to becoming professionally qualified?

We have a large and diverse graduate cohort, spread across all our offices in the UK. You will join our existing cohort of Engineers, Scientists, Project Managers, Data Specialists, Environmentalists, Talent Acquisition & HR Specialists, Health Safety and Business Management Professionals to name a few. We have a structured graduate program that is catered to your specific discipline. You will learn on the job, work on some amazing projects and be mentored by some of our industry’s leading practitioners.

With Increasing workloads from existing clients and our success in winning new Water Company frameworks has resulted in the need to further grow our ecology services, with an opportunity for a passionate graduate to support directly alongside the team.

Based in either Reading or Falmer, you will be working alongside an integrated team of environmental professionals. where you will be assisting in delivering effective and professional ecology services to a range of new and existing clients across the water industry. This role will predominately be based in the field, but some time will also be required in the office operating in a hybrid working model.

Your day-to-day activities will include undertaking site visits and conducting field-based surveys such as habitat classification surveys, protected species surveys and terrestrial/aquatic ecology surveys. You will also be producing high quality technical survey reports such as ecological appraisals, ecological impact assessments and protected species survey reports.

About you

  • You will have an Honours degree or higher in Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Environmental sciences, Geography or any other relevant subject within this discipline.
  • You will have a passion for ecology, demonstrated through relevant ecological work experience
  • Experience using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software would be highly advantageous.
  • Experience in ecological and protected species surveys, or other technical reports which demonstrate strong scientific writing abilities.
  • Knowledge of the practical application of UK wildlife legislation, planning policy and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), including the Water Framework Directive
  • Be working towards, if not already, a membership of CIEEM, IFM RSB. With a desire to work towards chartered status.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK at the time you start employment. 

Inclusion & Diversity

At Stantec, we create opportunity by inviting, embracing, and celebrating differences. This goal remains at the heart of our efforts to champion inclusion and diversity throughout our organisation. To achieve that goal, we must continue to build an inclusive workplace that empowers and inspires but also attracts and nurtures the very best talent from all over the world.

We champion inclusion for two reasons. First, because it’s the right thing to do; everyone deserves the freedom to bring their whole selves to work without fear of judgment or discrimination. And second, because an inclusive workplace culture attracts and invites the full spectrum of talent into the organisation.


  • We offer a number of other leisure and lifestyle benefit options (from buying additional holiday to travel insurance and bikes) to help you tailor your benefits to your personal needs.
  • Ensuring you have a pension in place is a very important part of planning for the future. We offer tax efficient ways of saving towards your retirement plan with pension schemes that provide a wide variety of investment options.
  • We want all our employees to be happy, healthy and engaged at work. We have a number of campaigns that run throughout the year with the main objective being to improve the health, wellbeing and resilience of our employees. Information on local activities and initiatives is also available and regularly updated.

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