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General Information

Working at Footprint Ecology

At Footprint Ecology, we make a real effort to live by our values. All Footprint staff share a commitment to nature conservation, a passion for the natural world and a care for the wider environment.

Fairness & flexibility

Footprint Ecology aims to be a fair and flexible employer. We positively consider flexible working arrangements such as part-time working, compressed hours and home working. Once an employee has been with us for six months, we contribute 10% of gross salary to their pension. Our leave allowance and parental leave are in excess of the statutory minimum. Holiday entitlement increases with length of service.

Continuing professional development

We support employees’ continuing professional development, and ensure a spread of skills, by encouraging and funding training whether internal or external. All employees are invited to take personal development training (e.g. Springboard or Navigator)

Wellbeing

We host a weekly subsidised yoga class to help staff with core strength and stress management. Tea & coffee at the office and staff social events such as Christmas parties are provided for staff.

Sharing and communication

All employees are involved in monthly team meetings and weekly briefings, not only to keep up with day to day matters but also to consider wider strategic aims of the company. We have a collaborative and open working culture, with mutually supportive staff pooling their skills to produce the best results for our clients. Test page

Vacancies & CVs

Vacancies are advertised on our website and via national jobs websites CJS and Environment Jobs. We welcome applications from all sectors of society and are an Equal Opportunities employer. Occasionally opportunities for short-term work come up, and we welcome speculative CVs from ecologists at all stages of their careers, and we really do place these on file and consult them when such opportunities arise. However please note that we do not accept approaches from recruitment agencies.

Please send applications for work or speculative CVs in confidence to our Practice Manager fenella@footprint-ecology.co.uk.

Subcontractors

Some of our more specialised work, and a lot of our fieldwork, is carried out by sub-contractors and associates. If you would like to be considered for sub-contracted work, please apply as  above.

Footprint and the Environment

As conservationists and environmentalists we recognise the links between biodiversity, conservation and sustainability, and as a company we are committed to minimising our environmental impact.

Inside the office

We work to minimise our impact in the office by:

  • Reducing paper usage and recycling all waste paper and we close the loop by only buying recycled stationery.
  • Recycling as much of our other waste as possible including toner cartridges, batteries and plastics.
  • Buying organic and/or local food, and organic, fairly traded beverages for the office. All food waste at the office is composted.
  • Not wasting energy by over-heating the office, using natural cooling rather than air conditioning and making sure items not in use are turned off. As our offices are rented we don’t have control over the source of our energy that we would wish.

Outside the office

A particular impact relates to our travel carbon footprint. We aim to reduce this by:

  • Minimising car use by using public transport wherever possible.
  • Replacing face to face meetings with Skype or conference calls.
  • Encouraging cycle commuting by running a cycle purchase scheme that has currently been taken up by 60% of the core staff.
  • Encouraging fieldwork sub-contractors to carefully plan their accommodation and journeys, by paying a fixed sum for travel rather than unlimited mileage payments.

Carbon offset

We charge a small carbon offset fee on all contracts, relative to the amount and type of travel undertaken for the work. This money is placed in a ring-fenced fund that we use either to reduce our carbon emissions or to support relevant charities. In the past we have spent the money on, for example, a folding bike to allow us to complete journeys by public transport. This year the balance of the fund will be donated to Moors for the Future to support their blanket bog restoration work. Blanket bogs in good condition are an important carbon sink - see http://www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk/.

Impacts on wildlife

We ensure that any fieldwork does not damage or disturb rare or sensitive wildlife. We practice good biosecurity to prevent the spread of non-native invasive species and damaging pathogens, e.g. Phytopthera.

Insurance

Footprint Ecology holds Public Liability, Employers Liability Insurance and Professional Indemnity Insurance, each to the value of £5 million.

Contact us to discuss your project

We’re always ready to talk about your requirements, so please do get in touch today

Tel: +44 (0)1929 552444