About Us:

 We’ve been around for more than 135 years. We drive inclusive sustainable development with our clients in areas that we master and can actively influence. Our people are keen to positively change the future and leave a legacy. Our networked organisation of smart entrepreneurs connects the best and brightest people in the world. Together we have an ambition to run a financially healthy business by putting our collective intelligence into practice with clients and partners. We are commercial savvy engineers, project managers and consultants who design smart cities, airports, ports, buildings and more .We reinvent industries; co-create clean energy and fresh water by using smart data and digitizing information flows and models. More and more, we connect the digital with the real world in an accelerating pace. Working together with our clients and partners, we use data and algorithms to translate insights into foresights. We help our clients in their digital transformation and we support our clients’ business with better and faster execution of their ambitions.

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The Role:

We currently have an opportunity for an Environmental Consultant (Ornithology) Consultant to join our Environmental teams based in Edinburgh, Manchester or Newcastle.  We require someone who can proactively contribute to our in-house technical work, ensuring that it is of the quality expected and required by our internal and external clients.

The ability, and willingness, to be flexible is also important, as while this role is expected to focus on the provision of specialist ornithological advice and support, there are also likely to be more general project management and consultancy tasks.
You will be expected to provide robust ornithological advice to other members of the Environment team, supported when needed by our existing in-house ornithologists, to contribute to rewarding business development, and assist in the smooth running and continued successful development of the Environment team.  The advice provided will focus on technical understanding of environmental and ecological issues but will also require an understanding of key legislative or policy requirements.
Given Royal HaskoningDHV’s market leading position in offshore wind EIA and consenting, it is expected that a large proportion of the work will be focused on marine and coastal ornithology. In addition, we have an extensive portfolio of work encompassing various other sectors, and your advice is likely to be required on multiple projects of various sizes including other energy developments, port expansion works, and other developments on- and offshore.

The successful candidate will be responsible for contributing to the management and delivery of environmental assessment projects. It is likely that several projects would be supported simultaneously, and consistently delivered to the highest standards, meeting and exceeding clients’ needs.

Main areas of work will be:

  • Ornithological / ecological consultancy;
  • Provide specialist ornithology technical support within the Environment team, Business Unit and other Business Lines;
  • Environmental investigations, baseline survey and monitoring design, data curation, collation and analysis;
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and environmental appraisal including Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA);
  • Supporting the delivery of developments and projects within the UK Consent and Planning system and/or Marine Licensing regime; and,
  • General support to the wider team.


  • Bachelor’s degree including ecology or conservation or related discipline;
  • Understanding of the environmental impact of development and operational activities on (especially marine and coastal) bird species;
  • Numeracy skills and an ability to work with data and to understand and interpret the outputs of ecological models, e.g. for collision risk models and population models;
  • Knowledge of bird survey techniques, survey design and analysis, particularly in relation to offshore environments;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, organisational, analytical and time management skills;
  • Ability to work on own initiative and also as part of a team;
  • Focused, articulate and professional in appearance and standard of work;
  • Confidence at the client-interface; and
  • Willingness to travel, including possibly to international destinations.


We offer a competitive salary plus a range of benefits including a contributory pension scheme, discretionary company bonus, Medical and Dental care, Life Insurance, 25 days holiday and a flexible working policy.   Our contributory pension scheme has been awarded the Pension Quality Mark, the highest standard of excellence available for UK company pension schemes. 

Royal HaskoningDHV is an Equal Opportunities Employer

As Royal HaskoningDHV operate projects with a BIM approach, you are expected to be aware of the UK BIM framework (previously known as BIM Level 2), your role within it and ideally have practical experience.  If this is not the case, you will be expected to undertake the relevant training courses via our Digital Academy within your first 3 months of employment should you be successful.


  • Edinburgh, Manchester, Newcastle (UK)
  • Consultancy
  • Environmental Science
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