Job Opportunity - Project Manager - Habitats and Botany

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Project Manager in Habitats and Botany to join our growing team

Based from Carlisle

About the role

The primary purpose of the role is to provide habitat and botanical support across the Nevis Environment team. This role is a grade above an Ecology Consultant & will carry responsibility for Project Management. There will be a mix of field work, project management and staff development and management (of those under your supervision).

  • Field work - Applicants should have strong experience in upland botany / assessment of peatlands and is expected to be competent in carrying out Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEA) and Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys. It is also highly desirable that they hold a secondary competency in one or more other key ecological disciplines (e.g. ornithology, bats, other protected species, or Ecological Clerk of Works).

  • Project Management, tendering and reporting - Strong report writing and data presentation skills are essential. Applicants should be able to write solid ecological reports and have at least a basic competency in Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Who are we looking for?

We recognise that the power of good advice and expertise can make all the difference to a project and the role of Project Manager – Habitats and Botany is key to enable our team to deliver the quality of service we are known for. Our culture is about giving our clients a robust, valuable and expert service that meets their needs.

You will be experienced in the field and have an excellent understanding of how plants, habitats and peat are critical to a project’s success. You will know that good organisation and communication can make all the difference to a successful project, a happy client, and a satisfied team. You’ll be keen to help others understand how they can improve their skills and will be able to lend your expertise to all the team when needed.

We are looking for someone with an ecological consultancy mindset, someone who knows about their specialist field but understands the client’s perspective. We’re also looking for somebody who will fit in with our high performing and outgoing (in every sense) team! From climbing, horse-riding, cross-country skiing, hill running and mountain bike endurance racing our team really do work hard and play harder. Nevis is about its people, and it’s important the individual in the role of Project Manager – Habitats and Botany is fully committed to driving the business forward, as well as fully supporting our fantastic team.


We are ideally seeking a candidate with a background in the environmental sector or within a consultancy setting. Somebody who thrives in a fast-paced environment with conflicting and ever-changing priorities

What are we looking for?

Essential Skills:

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant discipline (Environment) and considerable experience in Ecology (3-5 years)

  • Competent in the identification of typical upland vegetation (and preferably lowland) plants including key bryophyte species.

  • Competent in scoping sites for a wide range of ecological features, identification of potential ecological constraints to development and provision of sound advice on appropriate mitigation.

  • Good knowledge of upland vegetation communities and experience of National Vegetation Classification (NVC) mapping. Strong knowledge of Phase 1 habitat classification and mapping.

  • Good knowledge and practical experience of upland site condition assessment methodologies (e.g. JNCC common standards).

  • Excellent report writing skills and ability to communicate clearly with team members, clients, and statutory consultees via a range of media.

  • Knowledge and experience of using GIS (preferably QGIS).

  • Ability to manage simple to moderately complex projects. Focused on communicating effectively with clients and providing a high-quality service.

  • Ability to work independently, organising and prioritising their own workload and maintaining effective communication with project managers.

  • Ability to conduct themselves safely on a range of sites including active development sites and in remote upland locations.

  • Fully ICT literate

  • Full driving licence & access to own car

  • Previous consultancy experience


Desirable Skills:

  • Knowledge of peatland restoration techniques and experience of peat assessments.

  • Knowledge of UK Habitat Classification (UKhab) and biodiversity net gain (BNG).

  • Additional competency in protected species surveys of Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW).

  • Experience of tendering for new work.