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AECOM Senior Water Scientist in Manchester, 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 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.

Markets and types of development we regularly undertake assessments for:

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

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

  • 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

  • Industrial/ leisure/ residential/ commercial 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.


  • 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

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: J10062710

Business Line: Water

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid