Botanist - BNG Delivery

Any office

29 Jun 2022

Any office


25000 - 35000 GBP

Calling all Botanists!  

Are you an experienced botanist looking for a change? Do you come from a practical conservation background? Would you like to be at the cutting edge of biodiversity net gain delivery?   

FPCR have been at the forefront of the development of BNG since 2012, and we are now looking to make appointments to strengthen this position. We are currently looking to diversify further to take advantage of new opportunities that are emerging because of the evolving legislative and policy framework in the UK.  

This is an opportunity to take a leading role in the development of Biodiversity Net Gain and habitat banking, having a lasting impact on UK developments. This role will have a high level of autonomy, whilst benefiting from the support of the highly experienced wider team.  

This is a rapidly evolving work area, and the specific responsibilities will develop and change over time. The botanical specialist will need to maintain a flexible and adaptable attitude and approach.  

The Role 

In this role you will be responsible for a broad range of tasks, which support our core business and push forward our work on biodiversity net gain delivery. 

This will include: 

  • Botanical surveys of a broad range of habitats to establish opportunities for BNG delivery 
  • Botanical surveys to inform planning applications 
  • A broad range of desktop assessments 
  • GIS mapping of survey results 
  • BNG assessments 
  • Preparation of management plans 
  • Implementation of management plans 
  • Completion of monitoring assessment and reporting 
  • General consulting duties 

About you 

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced botanist that has the following skills. We would love to hear from applicants from a range of backgrounds.  

Skills and experience of interest include: 

  • FISC Level 4 or above or demonstrable botanical expertise at an equivalent level.  
  • Experience in completing detailed botanical surveys across a range of habitat types 
  • Experience of QGIS to map results 
  • Experience in the preparation of habitat management plans 
  • Experience in habitat creation delivery  
  • Experience in practical habitat management 
  • Experience in working with landowners to deliver project requirements 
  • Experience working with a range of stakeholders to agree project goals 
  • Experience of the BNG principles and processes 

Why FPCR? 

FPCR Environment and Design Ltd is one of the UK’s leading integrated design practices working extensively throughout the UK. Over the last 60 years the practice has developed a valuable mix of multi-disciplinary expertise in masterplanning, environmental assessment, urban design, landscape, ecology, architecture, arboriculture and green infrastructure. Working together, we have implemented many award-winning schemes in environmentally sensitive locations. 

At the start of 2021 FPCR became an Employee-Owned business. Our people and culture are vital to the service we provide, and we feel this is the best way forward for the future of the practice. Employee Ownership will enable the whole team to share in the future growth and success of the business, whilst the practice can remain responsive, independent, and adaptable. 

Our ecology team is led by three directors who each joined the company in junior positions and are committed to providing the same supportive and fostering environment that is at the heart of our practice. Our team of over 90 ecologists work out of four offices across the UK. 

Could you be one of the experienced, talented and energetic professionals helping to continue the development of the team, responding to our clients and keeping FPCR moving forwards whilst responding to new challenges in ecological practice? The positions provide the right candidates with an ideal opportunity to be a part of a motivated team offering technical advice to a diverse range of clients covering projects across all aspects of ecology. 

What you can expect in return: 

Salary: £25-35k dependant on experience

Our employees really are our greatest asset, representing a wide range of skills and experience from across the field of UK ecology. We are proud to offer our staff at all levels the opportunity to pursue their individual interests as this helps us to facilitate shared learning across our practice. 

We are offering a competitive salary (dependent on experience and skills) with permanent staff having the opportunity for annual bonuses, enrolment on our pension scheme and 25 days holiday and a holiday purchase system. Everyone is enrolled in a BUPA health and wellbeing cashback scheme. 

FPCR offers many workplace benefits, including activity and social events. FPCR is an equal opportunities employer. 

If you feel you are the right candidate, or feel you can offer FPCR’s ecology team other relevant experience and skills, please submit your CV along with a covering letter, together with any supporting documentation that you feel may be of interest.