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We are seeking to recruit a Senior Peatland Consultant to join our growing team to help lead technical excellence and business growth. We are keen to hear from applicants with a wide range of backgrounds/specialisms and would welcome applications from experienced senior consultants looking for the next step in their career.

Location: Inverness

Reference #: Senior Peatland Consultant (Inverness) 11-2023

The Role

This role is for a Senior Peatland Consultant who will join our Inverness ecology team. Responsibilities will include planning and allocating work, checking work and oversight of quality of output, management of team performance, training, and general day-to day support. You will also work with our Ecology Director and our other ecologists, based in Scotland and across the UK and Ireland on ensuring technical excellence across our Ecology Team as a whole.

The position will be based in our Inverness office and may require travel, occasional overnight stays throughout the U.K., and further afield depending on project requirements. We are a flexible employer and are willing to consider flexible working arrangements that are desirable to you.

The selected candidate will work within a supportive and driven team focusing on business development, successful project delivery and client satisfaction.

Some travel is involved, for which a company pool car is available and for which a valid driving licence will be required.

A positive place to work, Mabbett aims to implement the motto ‘See a Difference’ in everything that we do.


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • a BSc and/or MSc in Ecology or related discipline, and
  • Membership of a relevant professional body such as the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) or the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).


We are keen to hear from applicants with a wide range of backgrounds/specialisms and a wide range of competencies are considered to be relevant for this role. These may include:

  • Peat depth surveys;
  • Ditch blocking assessments;
  • Water and soil monitoring;
  • Water Quality Management Plans;
  • Vegetation management and monitoring;
  • Herbivore Impact Assessment and monitoring;
  • Deer management (as related to peatland management);
  • Peatland Habitat Management Plans;
  • Peatland Restoration Feasibility Studies and Plans;
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS);
  • Environmental Clerk of Works; and
  • Excellent communication skills.


We are keen to hear how your professional experience can help us to deliver high quality ecology projects and support our team growth. We will expect applicants to be able to demonstrate some or all of the following:

  • Excellent understanding of good practice guidance for peatland management and relevant planning processes in one or more areas across the UK and Ireland (e.g., SEPA, England Peat Action Plan, NatureScot Peatland Action, IUCN Peatland Code etc.).
  • Strong background/specialism in peatland management, monitoring and restoration.
  • Strong project management abilities across a range of project types e.g., management plans and monitoring plans.
  • Experience working as an Environmental Clerk of Works.
  • A successful track record of leading project teams.
  • Strong report writing skills and communication with clients and other staff members.
  • Experience of line management/ supervision of junior staff.

Some knowledge and experience of ecology and/or forestry would be preferable but not essential.

About Mabbett

Mabbett is an Equal Opportunities Employer and offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits programmes including contributary pension scheme, funded professional membership and one volunteer day each year. Mabbett supports career development to include active participation in membership of professional organisations and growth opportunities. Learn more about ‘Life at Mabbett.’

To Apply

For further information on this vacancy and/or to apply for this position in complete confidence, please send a CV and Covering Letter, identifying how your qualifications, experience and attributes match the job description above, by:

Potential candidates are requested to provide an indication of their salary expectations.


Location: Inverness

Reference #: Senior Peatland Consultant (Inverness) 11-2023

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