Reviews of our course

Cohort #2

5 star rating

This course will put you on the right path

Guy Ostler

To cut a long story short, this course has provided me with a roadmap with which to gain a career in ecological consultancy. When I started the course, I bar...

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To cut a long story short, this course has provided me with a roadmap with which to gain a career in ecological consultancy. When I started the course, I barely knew where to start as regards building skills that an employer would desire. Now, after taking the course, I feel I have a 'direction' to travel in, and have a focussed, targeted plan to put into action. An excellent course that I would hugely recommend to anybody looking to start a career in ecological consultancy.

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5 star rating

Excellent course

Chris Rhodes

This provided a wonderful grounding for understanding what is required to gain a role in ecological consultancy and how to do a good job once that goal is ac...

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This provided a wonderful grounding for understanding what is required to gain a role in ecological consultancy and how to do a good job once that goal is achieved.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the Course

    • Welcome!

    • How to use this course

    • Before we get going...

    • Next steps

    • Course Community

    • Further Reading

  • 2

    Module 1: Introduction

    • Welcome and Onboarding Zoom Meeting Recording from 07 January 2021

    • Toolbox - Module 1

    • The role of a consultant ecologist

    • What is it like to work for an ecological consultancy?

    • Introducing the consultant ecologist skills wheel

    • Submit your skills wheel

    • Module 1 Quiz

    • Module 1 Feedback

    • Module 1 Q&A January 2021 COHORT 2

  • 3

    Module 2: Essential and Desirable Skills and Knowledge

    • Toolbox - Module 2

    • Why preparation is key in developing your career

    • Beginners mindset

    • Essential and desirable entry level and onward skills and knowledge

    • The Future of Skills

    • Goal setting

    • Submit your career plan

    • Module 2 Quiz

    • Module 2 Feedback

    • Module 2 Q&A January 2021 COHORT 2

  • 4

    Module 3: Closing the Skills and Knowledge Gap

    • Overview of what makes a good and great ecologist

    • Setting out reasons why and need for ecological appraisal

    • Legislation in the UK

    • Planning Policy in the UK

    • Introducing the Preliminary Ecological Appraisal

    • Linking impacts of a project to legislation implications

    • Survey limitations

    • Health, Safety and Wellbeing considerations

    • PEA - The Desk Study

    • Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey Methodology

    • UK Habitat Classification System Methodology

    • Assessment of Knowledge and Understanding of the PEA

    • The importance of bat conservation in the UK

    • Bat licences in the UK

    • Potential bat roost features in buildings

    • Potential bat roost features in trees

    • Potential bat roost features in other structures

    • Introduction to the criteria used in categorising a potential bat roost

    • Negligible and Low Bat Roost Suitability

    • Moderate Bat Roost Suitability

    • High Bat Roost Suitability and Confirmed Bat Roost

    • Test your learning (Preliminary Bat Roost Assessment walk-through)

    • Introducing the ecological report

    • Getting the report right

    • Preliminary Ecological Appraisal Report - Overview

    • Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) Report - Overview

    • Report writing - test your knowledge

    • Submit a 'mock' report for QA

    • Recording from Live Q&A - Wednesday 31 March 2021

  • 5

    Module 4: Nailing the Job Application Process

    • The important steps required to land a job as an ecological consultant

    • Toolbox - Module 4

    • Creating a great CV

    • Creating a killer cover letter

    • Creating and maintaining an on-line profile

    • Submit your CV for expert feedback

    • Live Q & A for Module 4

    • Module 4 - Live Q&A Recording from 28 April 2021

  • 6

    Module 5: How to Run a Successful Ecological Consultancy Practice

    • What's it like to be your own boss?

    • Business Mindset

    • Setting up the right business format

    • Business administration and finance

    • Marketing and Sales

    • People and Leadership

    • Submit your business plan (optional)

    • Submit your revised career plan

    • Final Q&A and Farewell Meeting - Cohort #2

    • Cohort 2 - Module 5 Live Q&A and Final Farewell

  • 7

    Final Messages

    • Before you go...

    • Reading List

    • Onward support

Instructor(s)

Director

Richard Dodd

I have worked as a professional ecologist since 2000 within the public, voluntary and private sectors. I'm Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Wildwood Ecology, an Award Winning 'purpose-led' Certified B Corporation company. I'm also a Chartered Ecologist and full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).