Bristol / Cardiff

We are seeking consultant / senior or Principal ornithologist based in Bristol or Cardiff, to help deliver our exciting and diverse orderbook. Successful candidates will be part of the ever-growing LUC ornithology team, while also having the opportunity to engage in the wider portfolio of work undertaken by our UK wide ecology team.

The roles will include being actively involved in:

  • Preparing desk studies and collating ornithological data sets.
  • Preparing and planning field surveys, in collaboration with colleagues.
  • Implementing surveys across the UK, as part of a survey team.
  • Managing, analysing and interpreting ornithological data.
  • Contributing to consultancy reports and ornithological assessment.
  • Contributing to wider business development activity.

This opportunity requires applicants with previous experience of ornithology surveying and management of field work, particularly in the energy generation and transmission sectors. However, we would also consider less experienced applicants, with bird identification skills, who are suitably motivated by the prospect of a career in ornithology consulting.

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.

The role is based in LUC’s offices in Bristol or Cardiff. We work in a hybrid model with people being in the office a minimum of two days per week. There will also be travel required to visit sites, client offices and other office locations.

A full-time role is based on 37.5 hours per week (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 part time hours (minimum 30 hours per week) if desired.

Salary: £28,500 - £46,000 (FTE) depending on experience

This is a great time to be joining LUC. Since its creation nearly 60 years ago, LUC has been driven by the belief that planning has a critical role to play in shaping the world around us for the better. This work has never been more critical or urgent.

About you

The successful candidate will complement our existing enthusiastic and dedicated ornithology team. You will share our commitment to high quality science and be motivated to further grow your ornithology field skills and wider expertise in consulting. In taking on work, we aim to make a meaningful contribution to achieving net zero, reversing biodiversity loss and improving human well-being.

Experience and qualifications


  • Knowledge of wildlife, especially birds, in the UK, gained through practical experience or further / higher education.
  • Ornithological or ecological field survey experience.
  • Full UK driving licence.
  • Enthusiasm for working outdoors, with a willingness to survey in all months of the year, and in inclement weather.
  • Willingness to work across the UK, with trips away from home (all costs and expenses covered by LUC).
  • Willingness to work antisocial hours, particularly during the spring and summer months.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and positively with a with a small team of colleagues, often for extended periods away from home.


  • Existing knowledge of UK bird conservation priorities
  • Data management and GIS skills
  • 4x4 driving skills

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

Please apply by uploading your CV and covering letter via the link above.

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.

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Location Bristol / Cardiff
Salary £28,500 - £46,000 FTE (Depending on experience)
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