Business Administrator - First Ecology

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The Wildlife Trusts

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Cheddar, United Kingdom

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16 days ago

Closing date: Friday 3 March 2023
Salary: £25,000
Contract type: Permanent / Working hours: Full time
Location: Callow Rock Offices , Shipham Road, Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3DQ
With opportunities for home working
This is an exciting role for an experienced business administrator who would like to work for a professional and commercial environmental consultancy, whilst supporting Somerset Wildlife Trust’s charitable conservation work.

Contact details

Enquiries are welcome by telephone to 01823 652425, please ask for Helen.


First Ecology is an environmental consultancy committed to upholding best practice standards whilst also achieving pragmatic project outcomes. To deliver services of the highest quality, First Ecology is committed to the recruitment and training of talented individuals with the expertise to provide technical advice and support on development and conservation schemes across the UK. We specialise in ecology services but routinely work collaboratively as part of multidisciplinary teams. Due to our dedicated work ethic and positive approach, we have established a broad customer base which extends across public, private and commercial sectors. This affords a diversity of project types from minor habitat management tasks to participation in national development projects and ensures a varied and interesting project portfolio. As well as offering an engaging and rewarding career, your work will generate unrestricted funds which will be returned to the parent company, Somerset Wildlife Trust, to support their charitable conservation work across the county.


First Ecology is seeking to appoint a natural administrator in this varied and enjoyable role. The position presents the chance to work in the environmental sector whilst being primarily home based with no requirement to work unsocial hours. You will be a critical member of the technical team with involvement in a wide variety of aspects of the business. You will also have the opportunity to represent First Ecology to new clients and liaise with existing clients to ensure they are happy with our service.


The position involves taking responsibility for a variety of business-critical processes and ensuring the effective functioning of technical operations though the completion of marketing, financial, asset and human resource related tasks.

  • Source promotional equipment and materials including branded uniforms, branded vehicles, hard-copy leaflets and business cards.
  • Website and social media maintenance and updates including the identification of relevant promotional themes and regularly publishing related content.
  • Prepare, submit and record quotes and obtain feedback.
  • Issue invoices for works completed and undertake debt chasing duties.
  • Take responsibility for meeting administration.
  • Maintain accreditations and subscriptions (e.g. ISO 9001, 14001, 45001, CIEEM, AA, WTC).
  • Take ownership of equipment purchase and maintenance.
  • Complete vehicle checks and arrange servicing, road tax and MOTs.
  • Coordinate and play a significant role in the recruitment and induction of new members of the team.


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience
  • Holder of a full UK driving licence
  • Exemplary professional conduct
  • Exemplary office conduct
  • Personal qualities consistent with First Ecology values
  • Commercially focused with a commitment to secure work which can be delivered to a high-quality and in a cost-effective and timely manner.
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Highly competent in the use of office

You don't need to come from an ecology background however this role would be perfect for someone with ecologist experience but is perhaps looking for a more office based position.


  • Work in a friendly and supportive team
  • 25 days paid holiday plus bank holidays and three days discretionary leave at Christmas.
  • Paid training as part of an individual CPD commitment
  • Flexible working hours
  • Opportunities to progress professionally
  • Pension
  • Company vehicle use.

Full job description and person specification is in the link at the end of this page. The closing date for applications is midnight on 3rd March 2023. Please note that we will review applications throughout the advertising period and may close the advert early if a suitable applicant is found.

No recruitment agencies or previous applicants please.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.


Option 1 - Please email your CV along with completed Equality and Diversity Monitoring form (below) to

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

  • Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form_2.docx

Option 2 - Video application

Video application instructions

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Job description

  • Job Description - Business Administrator_2023-2024.pdf