Graduate Aquatic Ecologist

United Kingdom (UK)
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Ecology Jobs
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Graduate/Higher diploma
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AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
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Job Title:  Graduate Aquatic Ecologist 

Business Line:  EGE - Ecology 

Locations:  Nottingham, UK 

Salary:  Competitive 

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


- 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; 

- 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 behavioural 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 


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