Water Scientist

Industry Sector:
Environmental Jobs, Environment Jobs
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Education Level:
Bachelors degree
Salary Description:
Competitive Salary Offered
Start Date:
AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
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AECOM’s busy water environment team is seeking to recruit a Water Scientist to assist with a range of survey and assessment projects. The projects undertaken by the team are wide ranging in terms of sector, technical scope and geographical location, including opportunities for working internationally. The majority of our work is in the fluvial environment, although a significant proportion is also focused on estuaries, lakes and the marine environment, and so experience of these environments is beneficial.

Job Responsibilities:

The appropriate level of technical expertise is required in order that the Job / Project Accountabilities listed below can be carried out to the necessary standard:

  • Ability to work collaboratively and iteratively within a multi-disciplinary team;

  • Water quality studies (e.g. baseline studies, environmental impact assessment, nutrient loading studies and pollution studies including monitoring and modelling);

  • Hydrological investigations (e.g. flood, drought and water resource allocation);

  • Hydroecological studies (e.g. assessing the effects of schemes on aquatic organisms such as salmonids, freshwater pearl mussels, invertebrates and macrophytes);

  • WFD / Environmental Compliance studies;

  • EIA (e.g. highway, rail, utilities, power generation including renewables, mixed use/commercial/residential and other development types);

  • Pollution prevention advice including preparing Water Management Plans, acting as Environmental Clerk of Works, and developing sustainable treatment trains;

  • Applications for various permissions (e.g. Environmental Permits for flood risk activities and discharges, Water Abstraction / Impoundment Licences, and Land Drainage Consents);

  • Statutory and non-statutory stakeholder engagement and management;

  • Be aware of and understand the AECOM IMS procedures, their importance and their application to projects; and

  • Project management, technical proposal and report writing.

Minimum Requirements

To be successful in this role we're looking for applicants from experienced professionals who have worked in a similar role. They should

  • Be qualified to degree level (or equivalent) in relevant subject (e.g. geography, environmental science, hydrology, hydro-chemistry, ecology etc.)

  • Have a good level of understanding of aquatic systems and interplay between various disciplines

  • Have experience in water and environment sectors such as hydrology (low flows and flood risk), water quality and hydroecology

  • Be proficient in using Microsoft Office Suite

  • Experience of undertaking environmental impact and WFD assessments, including in support of EIA projects

  • Field surveying (e.g. catchment walkovers, fluvial audits, water quality sampling, lake coring etc.)

  • Have experience working with water, utilities, regulators and third sector organisations

  • Have experience of bid preparation and drafting technical proposals

  • Have strong project management skills

  • Have excellent report writing

  • Modelling experience desirable (e.g. ISIS TuFlow, Mike powered by DHI, SIMCAT)

  • Have experience of producing environmental monitoring specifications.

  • Have experience using GIS and preparation of figures and presentations; and

  • Have strong communication skills and experience of stakeholder engagement and consultation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Be qualified to degree level (or equivalent) in relevant subject (e.g. geography, environmental science, hydrology, hydro-chemistry, ecology etc.);

  • An MSc or PhD in a relevant subject (as described above);

  • Membership of an appropriate professional body (e.g. CIWEM, BHS, IEEM, IFM etc.); and

  • A valid UK driving licence.

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