The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

Working for the public benefit for a clean, green and sustainable world, CIWEM (The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management) is the only independent, chartered professional body and registered charity with an integrated approach to environmental, social and cultural issues.

  • Supports thousands of members worldwide, providing membership
  • grades for all stages of their career
  • Powerful evidence-based lobbying force within the UK and abroad
  • Provides training and professional development opportunities
  • Provides a forum for debate through conferences, events and publications
  • Works with governments, international organisations, NGOs,
  • creative organisations and faith groups for a holistic approach to environmental issues
  • Supplies independent advice to governments, academics, the media and the general public
  • Directly inputs into European and UN policy developments
  • Promotes excellence in environmental management through an awards portfolio


CIWEM (Registered Charity no. 1043409 (England & Wales) and SC038212 (Scotland)) has a history of working in environmental management dating back to 1895. In the succeeding decades, engineers, scientists and other professionals came together to combine their expertise across a broad range of environmental disciplines. The present day Institution was formed in 1987 when the Institution of Public Health Engineers merged with the Institution of Water Engineers and Scientists and the Institute of Water Pollution Control to form the Institution of Water and Environmental Management. The Institution was granted a Royal Charter in 1995 and was proud to celebrate its centenary in the same year.


CIWEM's members are employed throughout the environment sector, including senior management, engineering and scientific posts in local authorities, water companies, regulatory bodies, consultants, contractors, government departments, universities, the private sector of industry and environmental and conservation organisations.


  • Improved career prospects and enhanced global employability
  • Salary enhancement
  • Peer recognition of your professional status
  • Networking opportunities with like minded individuals
  • The opportunity to register as a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Scientist or Chartered Environmentalist
  • A demonstration of your commitment to your career - a professionally qualified person is a valued asset


Local Networks
CIWEM has strong local and regional networks promoting technical excellence and knowledge sharing. You can attend professional debates, technical meetings, site visits and social events through your local branch or national groups.

New Members Groups
Run at local branch level the groups embrace all new members, whatever your age. They are a good introduction to how you can get more involved in CIWEM and arrange trips, presentations and social events. They are also invaluable for anyone going through the application process as they offer an immediate support network.

External Registration
Through our links with the Engineering and Science Councils and the Society for the Environment, we can help suitably qualified members register as Chartered and Incorporate Engineers, Engineering Technicians, Chartered Scientists and Chartered Environmentalists.

Expert Panels
Members are encouraged to join our expert panels which meet regularly to discuss policy, respond to government consultations, assist with global media enquiries, develop conferences, contribute to publications and share the latest thinking. Panels cover water resources, air quality, wastewater management, recreation and conservation, water quality and waste management.

Policy Position Statements
Our policy position statements are the product of wide consultation and robust debate with our diverse membership, covering issues such as fluoridation, water efficiency, waste incineration, bottled water, composting, nuclear power, eco-towns and many more. They provide the basis for much of our media work.

CIWEM organises over 250 events each year which bring together policy makers, academics and practitioners for topical environmental debates at the cutting edge of science, engineering and technology. These include our conferences, dinner debates, parliamentary receptions, Annual Dinner, photographic exhibitions and technical meetings.

All members receive CIWEM’s forward thinking magazine WEM, the peer-reviewed Water and Environment Journal (WEJ) and electronic Journal of Flood Risk Management, as well as our monthly enewsletters.

CIWEM’s website has over 40,000 visits a month and is used by members, journalists, students, academics, employers and job seekers. It includes our members’ area, international events listing, news, a Professionals’ Directory, and the full range of information published by CIWEM. Complimenting this is our careers website at which contains profiles, case studies, course details and jobs. WEM also has its own dedicated website at, which keeps you up to date with the latest global environmental news and jobs, as well as features, interviews and competitions.

International Activities
CIWEM's membership, which spans nearly 100 countries, is supported through international branches and country groups. CIWEM members play a vital role by representing the Institution at conferences and speaking at events organised by a wide number of organisations that we work with throughout the world. CIWEM takes an active role in the development of European policy, working with EWA and EFAP, and contributes to the development of international policy through the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Honours degree (non honours degree pre 1991), plus four years of relevant experience


  • Use of designatory letters MCIWEM               
  • Chartered Water and Environmental Manager title
  • Registration as CEng with EC(UK), CSci with the Science Council & CEnv with the Society for the Environment
  • Publications including WEM, WEJ and enewsletters         
  • Branch and group membership
  • Access to members’ area of CIWEM website to update details, CPD recordings etc
  • CPD opportunities
  • Discounts including medical insurance, software and selected supported event delegate rates
  • Opportunity to attend conferences, events and technical presentations

For further Information please contact us at:

Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
15 John Street
London, WC1N 2EB
Tel: 020 7831 3110
Fax: 020 7405 4967


Types of Environmental jobs

Agricultural Consultant
Air Pollution Officer
Air Quality Manager
Biodiversity Officer
Biological Field Surveyor
EcoTour Guide
EIA Consultant
Energy Consultant
Energy Efficiency Officer
Environmental Campaigner
Environmental Consultant
Environmental Education Officer
Environmental Health Officer
Environmental Journalist
Environmental Lawyer
Environmental Manager
Fisheries Manager
Fisheries Officer
Fisheries Scientists
Forestry Supervisor
Forestry Manager
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist
Geological Technician
Grassroots Organiser
Horticulturist - Amenity
Horticulturist - Commercial
Landscape Architect
Landscape Designer
Landscape Manager
Landscape Planner
Landscape Scientist
Marine Biologist
Organic Farmer
Park Ranger
Pipeline Design Engineer
Policy Officer
Renewable Energy Engineer
River Engineer
Recycling Coordinator
Soil Scientist
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
Water Engineer
Water Quality Scientist
Water Treatment Operator
Waterway Operatives / Lock Keeper
Wildlife Biologist
Wildlife Rescuer

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