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AECOM Consultant Aquatic Ecologist in Cardiff, United Kingdom

Job Summary

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

AECOM's nationwide Water Environment team is expanding, and we are looking to recruit a Consultant Aquatic Ecologist to work out of our Nottingham or Basingstoke office (or Leeds).

As Consultant Aquatic Ecologist you will support the delivery of consultancy and advisory services, including a wide range of fieldwork and site work opportunities, to both internal and external clients to a high level of technical quality and to program and budget.

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

At AECOM Aquatic ecologists work with architects, engineers, planners, economists and other environmental specialists on important projects. Together we provide the full range of ecological services including habitat and species surveys, impact assessment, advice on biodiversity mitigation, offsetting and enhancement, and management planning for biodiversity.

Ecology is part of AECOM’s Environment business which provides environmental management services for feasibility, impact analysis and operational compliance as well as remediation, restoration and re-use of impacted property.

This role would involve processing aquatic freshwater invertebrate samples in the laboratory, developing the skills to analyse to family/species level and estimating abundance, organising and undertaking benthic macroinvertebrate surveys in freshwaters, assisting with fieldwork and sample collection (potentially macroinvertebrate, phytobenthos, fisheries, water quality etc.) for freshwater projects when required, Assisting with data entry, analysis and processing (potentially macroinvertebrate, phytobenthos, water quality etc) for freshwater projects, contributing to survey reports and ecological appraisals and liaising with project managers and clients.

Your role shall involve:

  • Supporting the delivery of consultancy and advisory services - to a high level of technical quality, to program, and to budget. You will operate ethically and with integrity, while prioritising safety and security in all that you do.

  • Undertaking aquatic macroinvertebrate surveys in freshwaters.

  • Processing aquatic macroinvertebrate samples in the laboratory, analysing to family/species level and estimating abundance.

  • Assisting with fieldwork and sample collection and data analysis (potentially fisheries, macroinvertebrate, phytobenthos, water quality, etc.) for predominantly freshwater projects.

  • Contributing to desk studies and literature reviews.

  • Contributing to data capture, collation and presentation, 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 the wider Water Environment Team, internal project managers and clients where necessary.

  • Undertaking other tasks to support the wider multi-disciplinary environmental business, as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • Experience of undertaking aquatic macroinvertebrate surveys in freshwaters;

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

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

  • Contributing to desk studies and literature reviews;

  • Contributing to data capture, collation and presentation, 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 the wider Water Environment Team, internal project managers and clients where necessary;

  • Undertaking other tasks to support the wider multi-disciplinary environmental business, as required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Qualified to degree level in a relevant subject with some previous experience in an aquatic ecology or similar role.

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

Desirable 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

The value of diversity and inclusion is readily apparent in creating a collaborative, supportive working environment and in delivering innovative, contextually appropriate projects. It is very important to both what we do and the way we do it. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. The important thing for us is that you can demonstrate that you can effectively fulfil the needs of the role. If you feel you can fulfil the requirements of the role, but there are other factors that are making you hesitant in applying, we would still like to hear from you and see if we can work together to overcome any challenges.

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.

What We Offer

We will give you 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.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Ecology

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 260053BR

Additional Locations UK - Cardiff

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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