OHES Careers

If you'd like to work at OHES below is a list of our available positions, you can apply by sending us your CV and supporting statements to careers@ohes.co.uk.


Current Opportunities

Location: Bury St Edmunds Department: Ecology

Salary offered: £25-£28k Pro-Rata (dependent on qualifications and experience)

An exciting opportunity has arisen in our Ecology and Fisheries Division for a Senior Aquatic Ecologist (Freshwater). Reporting to the Divisional Manager, and working closely with other members of our Ecology, Fisheries and Environmental Monitoring Teams. The post-holder will be responsible for the management and delivery of a range of projects, which will principally focus on investigations relating to all aspects of aquatic ecology, with a key focus on freshwater aquatic macro-invertebrates and macrophytes monitoring, analysis and reporting. Knowledge of diatom, phytoplankton and zooplankton sampling would also be beneficial. They will also be responsibility for the day to day running of our freshwater laboratory. There will be opportunities to contribute to our broader portfolio of projects which include fisheries surveys, habitat restoration projects, and incident response and water quality investigations

This is a client facing role which will include commercial aspects such as the preparation of bids and tenders, project and budget management, regular client liaison and relationship management.

The post will be based at our East Anglian Office in Bury St Edmunds and can involve work across the UK. The postholder will be qualified to a minimum of degree level in a relevant subject; and have at least two years’ practical experience of working in an aquatic (freshwater) ecology role. Some previous commercial and/or regulatory experience would also be desirable.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate some or all of the following core capabilities:

  • A high level of technical knowledge and capability in all relevant aspects of freshwater aquatic ecological monitoring and taxonomy; principally involving aquatic macro-invertebrates, macrophytes and freshwater habitats, with appropriate accreditations (e.g. MTR, RHS, PSYM).
  • The ability to design monitoring programmes, lead field teams, write high quality technical reports and give technically robust advice to internal and external clients.
  • In--depth knowledge of industry standard aquatic ecology monitoring techniques, practices, equipment and analysis in accordance with WFD (e.g. RICT, BMWP, ASPT, WHPT, LIFE etc).
  • Understanding of relevant legislation in relation to the aquatic environment, and its practical implementation.
  • A high level of commitment to providing an excellent customer experience and high levels of service.
  • A full UK driving licence, your own vehicle, and a willingness to work throughout the UK, sometimes at unsocial hours or in inclement weather conditions.

Additional desirable attributes, but not essential for the role:

  • Holds Protected Species Licences
  • GIS Skills (Mapinfo or ArcGIS)
  • Phase 1 Habitat Survey Accredited
  • RHS Accreditted
  • MTR Accreditted
  • CSCS/LISS Card
  • 4x4 Lantra Training
  • Trailer Towing Licence

Other role benefits include:
Company Pension, Life Insurance, Health Scheme, Bonus Scheme and access to a company pool vehicle For an informal chat about the role, please contact Andy Went on 07545 734672. Please send applications in the form of a CV and covering letter to careers@ohes.co.uk and please state clearly whether you are interested in working Full or Part-time.

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Location: - Nominally based in Central/South Buckinghamshire or West Hertfordshire Department: Environmental Monitoring Team

Salary offered: £20,750

OHES Environmental Ltd is a multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy, specialising in ecology, environmental monitoring, contaminated land and environmental claims management services. We have offices across the UK and Ireland with an extensive client-base. OHES prides itself on its friendly, highly professional approach and integrated expertise.

We are seeking to appoint an Environmental Monitoring Technician to sit within our Environmental Monitoring Team, reporting to our Environmental Monitoring Project Manager.

  • Nominally based in Central/South Buckinghamshire or West Hertfordshire
  • Salary £20,750

The proposal is based upon a service level requirement for:

Attending and investigating water pollution incidents across the Thames Valley & Greater London area with a focus on the Buckinghamshire and North West London area. The role includes gathering field data and report writing in response to the pollution incidents. The successful candidates would be home based with easy access to motorway networks essential. A small commercial vehicle will be provided. The role requires weekend and public holiday working as part of a flexible staff rota working hours 08:00-18:00.

Although relevant experience is desirable, this role would ideally suit a recent graduate and offers the successful applicant a chance to learn technical skills and to apply those skills in the workplace. The successful applicant will undergo a formal two week training programme upon starting the role with continued support and further training opportunities thereafter.

We are looking for someone to join our team who is professional and personable, who possesses a good knowledge foundation, excellent organisational skills, a high level of initiative and self-motivation. This is a good opportunity to develop skills and prospects within our growing company.

Follow http://wwtonline.co.uk/features/front-line-amy-jack-environmental-monitoring-technician-ohes#.WYraylWGOUk to gain in an insight into the role with an article written by one of our Environmental Monitoring Technicians for an industry magazine in August 2016.

Qualifications and skills:


  • Educated to degree level in a Biological or Environmental Sciences discipline;
  • An understanding of water chemistry and the indicative parameters;
  • A full, clean, UK driving licence;
  • A competent user of Microsoft Outlook, Excel & Word;
  • Experience of scientific field work and an enthusiasm for working outdoors; (Please note: field sampling involves working in all weather conditions, and can be physically demanding walking for varying distances, carrying equipment, bending for periods of time, working in and near water);
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills;
  • Strong analytical and numerical skills, with the ability to pay close attention to detail;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills;
  • A willingness to work flexible hours and to work long days when required;
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team, following precise protocols;
  • Motivated, friendly and confident interacting with clients.


  • Experience of aquatic macro-invertebrate sampling;
  • Aquatic macro-invertebrate identification skills to Family level (e.g. BMWP);
  • GIS skills;
  • An understanding of the role of regulators, such as the Environment Agency;
  • An understanding of the role of laboratory analysis in environmental monitoring;
  • An understanding of the role of environmental monitoring with regard to environmental compliance.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter detailing your suitability and availability for interview to steven.schofield@ohes.co.u The closing date for applications is 23:59 on Monday 21st August 2017.

Interviews will be held in week commencing Monday 11th September 2017 in Wokingham and we would be happy for a start date very soon thereafter. We regret that we cannot reimburse travel expenses.
For further information or for an informal discussion, please contact Steven Schofield (Environmental Monitoring Project Manager) or Hugo Jenkins (Environmental Monitoring Manager) on 0333 600 2424.

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Location: Bury St Edmunds Department: ECM East

As a result of an increased work load and expansion at OHES Bury St Edmunds, we are looking for a bright, enthusiastic Spill Response Incident Manager. more information to follow.

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