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AECOM Senior Water Scientist in Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Company Description

Work with Us. Change the World.

At AECOM, we're delivering a better world. Whether improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive. We are the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for future generations.

There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of nearly 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

We're one global team driven by our common purpose to deliver a better world. Join us.

Job Description

AECOM is looking for a Senior Water Scientist to join our established and award-winning Water Environment Team. This is a multi-disciplinary team with over 60 specialists in water science, geomorphology, hydrology, aquatic-ecology, and hydrogeology.

We work with an array of clients from public and private sectors, for projects in the UK and overseas. We are involved in major infrastructure projects, but equally recognise the importance of providing specialist water science services to smaller niche projects and developments.

The Senior Water Scientist role will involve:

  • Carrying out and co-ordinating baseline, feasibility and optioneering studies.

  • Developing and implementing field studies and monitoring.

  • Engaging with multi-disciplinary design/project teams, statutory and non-statutory stakeholders.

  • Drafting high quality technical and non-technical reports, such as Environmental Statement chapters, WFD assessments, pollution prevention management plans, as well as bespoke reports and outputs.

Markets and types of development we regularly undertake assessments for:

  • Conventional power (e.g. carbon capture gas turbines, nuclear)

  • Renewables (e.g. solar + battery storage, pumped storage hydro, onshore and offshore wind, biomass)

  • Hydrogen production facilities

  • Water resource infrastructure/water supply pipelines

  • Flood alleviation schemes (fluvial and coastal)

  • Ports and harbours

  • Transport (e.g. highways, airports and rail)

  • Utilities (e.g. pipelines, power cables, overhead power lines, substations, WwTW)

  • Industrial/ leisure/ residential/ commercial developments


  • Degree qualified in relevant subject (e.g. geography, environmental science, chemistry, ecology etc.).

  • Have experience in water / sediment quality and hydrology.

  • Have experience overseeing work of less experienced scientists with a view to future line management opportunities.

  • Be able to plan and organise project studies, field work and monitoring.

  • Have experience of undertaking feasibility studies/appraisals, impact and WFD assessments, including ideally for NSIPs.

  • Have strong analytical / numerical skills to methodically record, analyse and interpret data.

  • Be able to prepare project scopes and draft technical proposals.

  • Be chartered or working towards chartership with a relevant professional institution (e.g. CIWEM, CIEEM, IEMA, BHS etc.).

Additional Information

Freedom to grow

Freedom to grow is the name we’ve given to our new way of working at AECOM. It’s not defined by a policy or contract – quite the opposite! It’s the permission, or empowerment, for you to find the working style that suits you best, balancing that with other commitments in your life, so you can thrive and bring your best self to work.

Flexible working options

We offer flexible, hybrid work options through our freedom to grow philosophy, which supports you in finding the balance you need to thrive and deliver your best for your team and clients. With us having flexible working arrangements in place, we are more than happy to discuss how we can accommodate your requirements.

Equity, diversity & inclusion

When we feel free to be ourselves, we thrive. Equity, diversity and inclusion are core to our vision, and we are focused on taking action by bringing together a multitude of voices, ensuring that everyone is heard and cultivating equitable opportunities for all.

Compensation & Benefits

We provide a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. Whether you’re looking for Private Healthcare cover for you and your family, Dental Cover or Income Protection cover, we have got you covered!

From our Global Employee Assistance Program & Help@hand, for your health and wellbeing, through to our learning platform Degreed where you will have the opportunity to enhance your skills, we’re here to support you.


AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.1 billion in fiscal year 2022. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10086607

Business Line: Water

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid