Are we recruiting?

Yes! UES are currently recruiting Senior / Principal Ecologists, office-based Project Ecologists, Ecologists, Graduate Ecologists, Seasonal Ecologists and team support staff of all levels of experience.  Positions are available on a full or part-time basis working from both the office in Knutsford or remotely.

UES also regularly work with sub-contractors and can offer flexible part-time and seasonal work for both Graduate Ecologists and seasoned Ecologists.

A career with UES offers great opportunities for professional and personal development. We provide significant on-the-job opportunities to learn and develop your ecology skills and our ecologists get to work on a range of surveys at a variety of sites across the country. Working at UES comes with numerous benefits and a generous CPD allowance.


  • Highly competitive salary
  • Discretionary service bonus
  • Auto-enrolment pension scheme (after 3 months service)
  • Flexible approach to working hours and working from home
  • Time off in lieu (TOIL)
  • Company phone or phone allowance
  • Competitive holiday allowance plus the day off for your birthday
  • Funded professional body membership (such as CIEEM)
  • Funded protected species licence accreditation
  • Opportunities for career development and training
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • All expenses paid Christmas party


Employees are encouraged to develop their careers and interests with a generous CPD allowance. Attending external training courses, in-house training and our expert consultants allow our employees to progress their careers quickly. In 2022 our employees attended courses such as:

  • Invertebrate identification for biotic assessment (Freshwater Biological Association)
  • Bat trapping, handling and identification training event in Stourhead (Greena Ecology)
  • PSYM and aquatic invertebrate identification training (Lee Knight)
  • UKHab training course (Kent Wildlife Trust)
  • Bat hibernation trapping training event in Devon (Greena Ecology)
  • Bat research trip in Zante, Greece (Greena Ecology)
  • In-house botanical training weekend in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
  • Grasses, sedges and rushes course (Field Studies Council (FSC))
  • QFIELD for Ecologists (CIEEM)
  • Identifying freshwater invertebrates with microscopes (FSC)
  • Field ecology of mosses, liverworts and hornworts (FSC)
  • Field identification of stonefly larvae (FSC)
  • Dragonfly larvae and exuviae identification with microscopes (FSC)
  • Solitary wasp identification with microscopes (FSC)
  • Small dung beetle identification with microscopes (FSC)
  • Field identification of centipedes (FSC)

All new starters are also offered the following training opportunities:

  • Flood and swift-water first responder rescue training: DEFRA Level 2 (INRAD)
  • Field identification skills certificate (BSBI)
  • Register of land-based operations (ROLO) operative health, safety & environmental awareness course (required for a CSCS card)
  • Asbestos awareness training
  • Emergency first aid at work
  • Confined spaces training
  • Tree climbing and aerial rescue (NPTC CS38)

If you are interested in working with UES please send a CV and your address to and we will be in touch.