Graduate Aquatic Ecologist

East Midlands
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Ecology Jobs
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Education Level:
Bachelors degree
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AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
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Job Title:  Graduate Aquatic EcologistBusiness Line:  EGE - EcologyLocations: 

Nottingham, UKSalary:  Competitive

Opening & Closing Date:  We opened in September 2018  and operate rolling recruitment


AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, see how we deliver what others can only imagine at and @AECOM.

AECOM's nationwide Ecology team is expanding and we are looking to recruit a Graduate Aquatic Ecologist to work out of our Nottingham office & laboratory.

The Graduate Aquatic Ecologist will support the delivery of consultancy and advisory services to both internal and external clients to a high level of technical quality and to programme and budget.

The individual we are looking for will be ambitious team player with a strong aptitude for client care, project delivery and development of innovative, cost effective solutions in a working environment that is collaborative, stimulating and demanding.


Organising and undertaking benthic macro-invertebrate surveys in freshwaters;

Processing aquatic invertebrate samples in the laboratory, analysing to family/species level and estimating abundance;

 Assisting with fieldwork and sample collection (potentially macroinvertebrate, phytobenthos, fisheries, water quality, etc.) for estuarine and freshwater projects;

 Assisting with data analysis and processing (potentially macroinvertebrate, phytobenthos, fisheries, water quality, etc.) for estuarine and freshwater projects;

Contributing to desk studies and literature reviews;• Contributing to survey reports and ecological appraisals which are produced to a high technical standard and within agreed deadlines;

 Assisting in the production of Environmental Impact Assessment documents in line with CIEEM guidelines;• Liaising with project managers and clients where necessary;

Undertaking other tasks to support the wider environmental business, as required.


Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified to degree level in a relevant subject and have previous experience in an aquatic ecology role.

A higher degree in Aquatic Ecology or related discipline would be an advantage as would previous commercial and/or regulatory experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Member of CIEEM or similar professional body; or eligible to qualify for this status;

Water Safety Training;• First Aid qualification;

Licensed to drive a vehicle in the UK.

Specific Skills Required:

Supporting the delivery of existing and new contracts for the collection and analysis of freshwater macroinvertebrate samples and other aquatic surveys, including fish, crayfish, macrophytes, riparian mammals, River Habitat Survey etc.;

Opportunities to assist with a wider range of terrestrial ecology surveys for the right candidate;

Working as part of the existing network of AECOM ecologists within the UK and Ireland;

Communicating effectively with their line manager, project managers, clients, project teams and other members of the ecology team, within projects and with clients by telephone, e-mail, letters and reports;

Compliance with internal business management procedures, including in relation to health and safety and technical quality of all advice and outputs; and

Building and maintaining both internal and external client relationships, including providing urgent ecological response and / or advice in person, by email or over the phone;

Collaborating with colleagues in the Environment & Ground Engineering and Power & Energy groups on multi-disciplinary projects;

Assisting with other administrative duties which add value to the management and development of the ecology team.

The role holder must have strong behavioral competencies with respect to client care, collaborative working, personal responsibility, decision making and team work.

Person Specification:

We are looking for someone who is self-reliant, thrives on challenges and is happy to collaborate with colleagues in other disciplines. Whilst there may also be opportunity to work from other offices on occasion as the AECOM ecology team operates as a single business at a UK and Ireland scale, the successful role holders will be expected to live locally or be prepared to relocate close to the office in which they are based.Safeguard - To operate ethically and with integrity, while prioritising safety and security in all that you do 

 Be decisive - Know how to prioritize, advocate focus and accountability• Be impactful - Use clear and frequent communications, drive execution and results.

Be client-focused - Be collaborative, innovative and strategic.

Be the role model - Lead by example, demand excellence, maintain safety and integrity as top priorities.

TRAININGOur Graduate Development Programme (GDP), along with our huge scope of projects across the globe, will challenge and inspire you to make a real difference to the world we live in. Our programmes form a core part of our business strategy globally, designed to develop the best talent across numerous disciplines to lead our business into the future.  We have over 1,000 graduates on our programmes across the UK & Europe, from over 30 different disciplines, each and every one of them making a tangible difference to the environment we all live & work in.We will provide you with all the tools and support you need to achieve your professional development ambitions, including Chartership with the relevant international professional institution – where we have graduates working towards over 30 professional institutions in the UK. We demand the highest standards and expect our graduates to pass their professional review first time. You will be assigned a mentor to support & guide your development, and undertake regular training modules throughout the programme. There will be on-the-job and classroom training where required, and the opportunity to work on live client projects, with significant multi-disciplinary exposure.

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