Senior Environmental Advisor

  • Location: Dundee Inverness Perth South Queensferry Stepps
  • Category: Environmental
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A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join BEAR Scotlands Environmental Team as a Senior Environmental Advisor.

The South East Trunk Road Unit spans 506km through some of the busiest sections of the country, from central Scotland to through the Scottish Borders. It includes routes such as the Edinburgh City Bypass, as well as a large section of the M8 connecting Edinburgh to Glasgow.

The South East Unit also includes 870 bridges and structures including the iconic Queensferry Crossing and Forth Road Bridge, as well as other major bridges such as the Kincardine Bridge and Clackmannanshire Bridge.  Trunk roads in the South East serve as a vital link for Scotland’s economy, ensuring thousands of daily journeys and deliveries are carried out safely.

In this role, you will support the SE Environmental Manager in the delivery of environmental and ecological work for all proposed schemes on the SE NMC. Furthermore, you will contribute to the monitoring of BEAR Scotland’s compliance with relevant contractual and legislative environmental obligations and requirements.

Role includes:

  • Support and advise the design teams on all aspects of the environment.
  • Manage a portfolio of environmental and ecological assessments being undertaken for a variety of planned schemes.
  • Support the SE Environmental Team and provide leadership and direction to more junior staff.
  • Promote environmental best practice at all stages of engineering and construction projects.
  • Engage and collaborate with environmental stakeholders and regulators.
  • Liaise with contractors and specialist consultants to ensure timely completion of environmental deliverables.
  • Write reports which communicate complex environmental issues in a clear and concise manner.
  • Input / review of applications for protected species derogation licences, Controlled Activities Regulations (CAR) licences, marine licences, etc.
  • Have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of Habitats Regulations Appraisals (HRA).
  • Plan and undertake ecological surveys and site visits across the SE trunk road network.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Substantial experience in ecology and / or environmental assessment.
  • A relevant degree relating to the environment / ecology.
  • A strong understanding of the environmental impacts associated with infrastructure developments and experience in statutory / non-statutory environmental impact assessment.
  • Experience in reviewing and approving technical environmental documents and reports.
  • A good knowledge of Scotland’s ecology and practical experience in undertaking ecological field work.
  • Good communication skills (both written and verbal), strong team-working capabilities, and the ability to work independently and take responsibility for delegated schemes.
  • Strong organisational skills, attention to detail, and time management skills.
  • Ability to manage a challenging workload which is subject to change at short notice.
  • Full Member of a relevant professional body.
  • Hold a full and current UK driving licence.


The below additional qualifications are highly desirable but not required to be successful in the role:

  • Hold Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) or Chartered Ecologist (CEcol) status.
  • Hold NatureScot species licence(s).
  • Experience in bat surveys, ecology and licencing.
  • Be a qualified tree climber.
  • Hold a valid CSCS card and have experience acting as an Ecological or Environmental Clerk of Works on construction sites.
  • Are a trained CEEQUAL Assessor.



BEAR Scotland currently manages, maintains and improves 1962km of Scottish trunk road including over 2000 bridges and structures through some of the most scenic, but challenging, parts of the country. That means delivering £million investment on road maintenance and improvement every year.

We believe that the people who work with us are our greatest asset and, in order for us to succeed, we make sure we retain and attract a talented, innovative and dedicated team. In return, we offer:

  • A tailored, competitive salary
  • Pension and life assurance
  • Up to 34 days annual leave per year
  • Additional annual leave purchase through Salary Sacrifice
  • 2 paid days per year to help to support your charity of your choice
  • BEAR Rewards – shopping discounts and cashback
  • Employee Assistance Programme available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Flexible/Hybrid working
  • Development and progression plan

Grow your career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, flourish, and succeed.

We are an equal opportunities employer. We wish to ensure equality of opportunity in employment and the fair treatment of all our employees.


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