Marine Ecology Specialist

Location :  Devon or Glasgow

About Us:

GoBe Consultants Ltd is an innovative and dynamic environmental and planning consultancy.  Due to continued expansion, GoBe is now undertaking further growth of our business to meet current demands from our existing clients, together with our broadening client base, through the recruitment of an experienced, highly motivated Marine Ecology Specialist.

GoBe specialise in providing high quality, environmental and planning advice to blue chip companies with a particular focus on the offshore wind farm development sector, as well as coastal projects more widely.  We also undertake research for government and government agencies, both in the UK and abroad. Our work includes the provision of high quality strategic and specialist advice across the full range of project phases (from site bid / feasibility, through consenting, and for NSIPs during examination and post consent compliance).

GoBe are exceptionally well positioned with regard to ongoing Round 3 commitments, extension projects, Round 4 and ScotWind opportunities as well as the Irish market, and this is therefore, a very exciting time to join the business.

As part of our Marine Ecology team, the role will provide you with the opportunity to work in and help shape a rapidly developing and dynamic company involved in some of the largest and most exciting infrastructure development projects in the UK. We are looking for an exceptional candidate who can bring existing marine ecology experience that can be applied to our existing and future project portfolio, with a particular focus on the offshore wind sector.

We are specifically looking for a candidate who has a marine ecology (benthic habitats, intertidal ecology, fish ecology) background and is able to apply their detailed understanding of the interaction of development projects (particularly offshore wind projects) with the sedimentary and marine process regimes to our ongoing and future project portfolio and help expand our technical offering to our clients.

Key responsibilities

Project level

  • Lead marine ecology related workstreams;
  • Providing technical advice and strategic direction to our existing clients and projects;
  • Contribute to and/or lead on stakeholder liaison; and
  • Provide specialist input and advice on the interaction of marine development on the receiving environment as part of the wider EIA and HRA work to ensure regulatory compliance.

Key skills and capabilities

  • Educated to at least degree level, but preferably MSc level, in a relevant discipline (Marine Biology, Marine Sciences, etc.);
  • Excellent written and oral communication, organisational and time management skills;
  • A professional manner with strong inter-personal skills and an ability to communicate at all levels;
  • Established track record on provision of marine ecological advice, derived from a relevant career in consultancy, research or working for government;
  • Working knowledge of the technical assessments underpinning marine ecology work (e.g. survey specification & interpretation, sensitivity of ecological habitats, ecological consequences of changes to physical processes / generation of underwater noise etc.), ideally related to offshore wind farm development;
  • Experience of working within the planning process, and ideally in England, Wales or Scotland; and
  • Experience working with regulators and stakeholders.

Our offices are based in south Devon and central Glasgow (and remote working options considered for exceptional candidates), we offer industry competitive salaries commensurate with experience, with associated benefits.  We value the wellbeing of our staff and this is reflected in our flexible working conditions and desirable office locations.

To apply, please e-mail your CV and a covering letter to jeni@gobeconsultants.com.

Closing date for submissions: 24th September 2021.