About the Role:

LUC’s Ecology Team is passionate about creating opportunities for wildlife and people to thrive together.

With established teams in London, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow, we support a huge range of projects, at local and national levels. We’re enthusiastic about finding new ways to apply emerging ecological principles and methods to the most challenging of policy and development projects, and we have fun working together along the way.

Following significant growth in the team, we are seeking an Ecology Operations Manager to provide the Ecology Board Director with operational and financial support in managing the Ecology Team.

The successful candidate will act as a conduit between the Ecology Team and other support functions within LUC e.g. Marketing, ICT, Finance, People & Culture. They will also ensure the Ecology Team is able to maximise chargeable time, while being fully supported on operational matters.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring resource planning is completed weekly in conjunction with the Ecology Board Director.
  • Organising travel and accommodation for the Ecology Team.
  • Preparing initial drafts of proposals.
  • Ensuring projects are properly set up on project accounting and project management systems.
  • Liaising with the People & Culture Team for new joiners and leavers.
  • Ensuring monthly invoicing forecasts have been dealt with by project teams.
  • Ensuring all out of office and site risk assessments have been completed and properly recorded.
  • Other project related matters e.g. organising team meetings, equipment, liaising with the GIS Team producing site mapping data and training.
  • Attending and participating in weekly ecology team management meetings.
  • Maintaining client and sub-contractor data.
  • Supporting Sales & Marketing activities e.g. coordinating case studies, capability statements, news articles.

The role includes the opportunity to share and participate actively in the management and ownership of the business through the Employee Ownership Trust, which places full ownership of the company with the employees.

A full time role would be based on 37.5 hours Monday to Friday. However, LUC has a strong track record in flexible working and we have been recognised for our flexible working culture, so we are happy to discuss a range of flexible working options for this role including some remote working and /or part time hours (minimum 30 hours per week) if desired.

This role could be based in either our Glasgow or Edinburgh office and we are happy to discuss a blend of working from home and the office if desired (once pandemic risks / restrictions are lifted). You will be expected to make occasional visits to all other LUC offices.

Salary range: £30,000 – £36,000 FTE depending on experience.

About You:

The successful candidate will complement our existing enthusiastic and dedicated ecology team. You will share our commitment to high quality science and be motivated to help grow and develop our business, as an equal partner.

Experience and qualifications


  • Administration, either in an administrative role, or as used day to day in a consultancy role.
  • Strong use of MS Office and experience with project information / finance systems.
  • Assembling and structuring documents, working with templates, proof reading.
  • Working within H&S Management System procedures and carrying out relevant documentation.
  • An interest in ecology, possibly with a previous background in the sector.

Any of the following would enhance your application further:

  • Understanding of ecological consultancy, perhaps through a field or consultancy role in prior career, or as an administrator in an organisation covering this area of expertise.
  • Experience of conducting or managing ecology surveys.
  • Membership of CIEEM or AEECoW.

Personal Attributes

  • Strong organisational skills, but with the ability to respond flexibly to requests at short notice.
  • Thorough and accurate approach to work.
  • Good geographical knowledge of UK and Ireland.
  • Proactive and curious approach to anticipating the needs of the team.
  • Ability to prioritise tasks, juggle multiple demands and work to tight deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills and a proactive approach to building relationships with colleagues.
  • Commitment to ensuring the team succeeds with all tasks, duties, and projects.
  • Share the overall values of LUC. Central to our culture is a friendly, equitable and supportive working environment.

For further details about LUC please visit our website www.landuse.co.uk

Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

To apply please email your CV and a covering letter quoting Ref: 2021-22 to Jennie Williamson, People & Culture Advisor at: [email protected]

Closing date for applications: 9 June 2021.

LUC is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and we actively encourage applications from under-represented groups. We value the differences, needs and contributions a diverse workforce represents, and we strive to embed equality, diversity and inclusion in all our people related activities.

About Us:

LUC is an independent planning, impact assessment, landscape design and ecology consultancy, working across the UK and internationally.

With a track record spanning 50 years and a team of over 200 skilled professionals, we bring great depth of knowledge and experience to our work across the private and public sectors.

In order to help secure our continued independence, we have recently become a fully employee owed business after establishing an employee ownership trust (EOT). This aligns with our strong focus on people; everyone at LUC is involved in key company decisions and has a say in how we work.

Whether we are advising a commercial developer, utility company, Government agency or local authority, ours is a collaborative approach, which puts the client at the heart of the process.

We listen. We take the time to understand what drives our clients. Then we create bespoke and appropriate solutions that meet their needs and deliver the greatest value for their projects.

We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of innovative thinking, which has led to a strong reputation for successfully resolving even the most complex of issues. No matter what the project, we aim to find the most sustainable solution.

We are also passionate about the legacy we leave and hope to make a real difference through the work we do.