Perth, Scotland

Senior Aquatic Ecologist - Gavia Environmental

Paul Coulson | May 26th 2024

About Gavia

Gavia has been trading for nearly 15 years, and we have established a reputation with our clients as pragmatic, but highly professional environmental consultants. We provide a robust practical service, as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. This has led to a healthy future order book with several longer-term projects within the energy infrastructure and sectors.

We are currently seeking like-minded individuals to contribute to Gavia’s growing portfolio of renewable energy and linear infrastructure projects. As such we would like to employ a Senior Aquatic Ecologist with a high level of technical competence in aquatic ecology, experience of the EIA process and a good knowledge of terrestrial ecology.


We are seeking to recruit to our Perth office. This vacancy will involve working across Scotland with periods of time away from home undertaking field-based survey work.

Essential knowledge & experience

To be successful in this role, we expect you would have:

– Two to five years experience in an aquatic based role with experience gained from a variety of different projects;

– Knowledge and experience of water quality monitoring and parametric impacts;

– Competent in a variety of ecological survey techniques;

– Good background knowledge and experience of terrestrial ecology;

– Higher Education Certificate, or Degree equivalent in an environmental subject area;

– Full and valid driving licence;

– Experience in professional consultancy and advanced understanding of the EIA process and methods;

– Project management experience; negotiating with statutory agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders on behalf of clients;

– Scoping and project management of a range of small to medium-scale projects;

– Project resource planning and financial reporting;

– Appropriate professional membership, and;

– IT proficiency, particularly within Microsoft applications and project management and planning software.

The following traits would also be desirable:

– Experience of EIA / EcIA Chapter / HRA preparation;

– SFCC Team Lead Electrofishing qualification;

– NatureScot FWPM Licence;

– Boat handling experience;

– Experience with gill / seine / fyke netting techniques;

– Experience with Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV)

– Experience with macroinvertebrates, and;

– Experience with aquatic flora.


Salary & benefits

For a small SME, Gavia is able to offer an attractive salary in the range of £35,000 – £40,000 per annum (based on 40 hours per week) along with other core benefits, including profit share scheme, 25 days of holiday, Scottish Bank Holidays regardless of location (1 extra to UK Bank Holidays), private medical insurance, company pension scheme, paid annual professional membership renewal, IT discounts, provision of all site PPE, as well as, waterproof, windproof and thermal tactical outdoor clothing and boots.

We offer long-term opportunities to develop your professional career as far as you wish to take it.


Additional information

For this role, you must have evidence of the right to work in the UK. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a relocation package with this position.

Our other screening checks can include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, any criminal records, and references from previous employers. The screening that takes place will be relevant to your role.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or age.


Gavia works with a carefully selected set of recruitment agencies and are not looking to add to our PSL.

We do not accept unsolicited agency CVs sent to the recruitment team or directly to the hiring manager. Gavia will not be responsible for any fees related to unsolicited CVs.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Pay: £35,000.00-£40,000.00 per year


  • Additional leave
  • Casual dress
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free parking
  • Gym membership
  • On-site parking
  • Private dental insurance
  • Private medical insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday


  • Bachelor’s (preferred)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Perth, PH1 3FX

Reference ID: GELSAE24

Contact us for a commitment-free discussion on any of the above roles:

[email protected]