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AECOM Consultant Aquatic Ecologist in Leeds, United Kingdom

Company Description

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.

Job Description

AECOM's nationwide Water Environment team is expanding, and we're looking to recruit a Consultant Aquatic Ecologist to support our team – we are flexible on location.

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

You will work alongside architects, engineers, planners, economists, and other environmental specialists on important projects, large and small. 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.

Role Responsibilities

  • Support the delivery of existing and new contracts for the collection and analysis of aquatic survey data including fish, macroinvertebrates, crayfish, macrophytes, riparian mammals, River Habitat Survey etc.

  • Assist with a wider range of terrestrial ecology surveys for the right candidate

  • Work as part of the existing network of AECOM ecologists and water scientists within the UK and Ireland

  • Communicate effectively with your line manager, project managers, clients, project teams and other members of the Aquatic Ecology and Water Environment team in person, by telephone, e-mail, letters, and reports

  • Have good knowledge of current environmental legislation, including the Water Framework Directive

  • Comply with internal business management procedures, including in relation to health and safety and technical quality of all advice and outputs

  • Contribute to maintaining internal and external client relationships, including providing urgent ecological response and / or advice as required

  • Collaborate with colleagues in wider AECOM teams on multi-disciplinary projects

  • Assist with other administrative duties which add value to the management and development of the team.


  • Qualified to degree level in Aquatic Ecology or another relevant subject.

  • Experience of undertaking aquatic surveys in freshwaters.

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


  • A higher degree (MSc or higher) in Aquatic Ecology or related discipline.

  • Previous commercial and/or regulatory experience.

Additional Information

With infrastructure investment accelerating worldwide, our services are in great demand, and there’s never been a better time to be at AECOM! 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.

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.

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

Join us and let’s get started.

ReqID: J10082461

Business Line: Water

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid