Placement Student

Full-time for one year (October 2018 to September 2019)

Paid position (see below for details)

Location: Nottingham

EMEC Ecology is a small and friendly consultancy with a wildlife-focused approach whose profits are donated annually to our parent organisation, the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. We are seeking two Placement Students to join us for one year, from October 2018 until September 2019. The role will involve a range of ecological surveys and related work ranging from supporting great crested newt and bat surveys to drafting reports. The role will offer hands on experience in a range of survey techniques for protected species and Phase-1 habitats, as well as knowledge and understanding of tendering, client liaison and report writing within a busy consultancy.

We are looking for students that are currently studying ecology or a related subject at university (typically our students are between their second and third years of an undergraduate degree). The ideal candidate will have good interpersonal skills, a high level of literacy and numeracy, excellent attention to detail and will be computer literate. Candidates must have an interest in wildlife, enjoy working outside as well as in the office and have a willingness to work some anti-social hours.

A driving licence is desirable (with 1 year post-test experience) although candidates are not expected to own a car. Experience of surveys and knowledge of British Wildlife, experience of working in an office environment and a student CIEEM membership are all desirable.

The skills and experience gained from such a placement are highly desirable to employers looking to appoint staff in ecology and conservation jobs. We have been supporting placement students since 2013 and all graduates have then gone on to secure permanent jobs in the sector.

Students are paid when undertaking contract work (where we charge out their hours to our clients); however a proportion of the role is voluntary. Although the proportion will vary month to month, in previous years student have been paid in the region of £8,000 over the course of the full year.

If you are interested in this role we would love to hear from you. Please send a CV and covering letter to or contact Richard on 0115 964 4828 for an informal chat. Closing date for applications is 30th November 2017 and interviews will be held in Nottingham in early December.

Please see the Job Description for further information.

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