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Job Information

AECOM Principal Water Scientist in Nottingham Regan Way, United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Greater Manchester, Manchester

Job Summary

AECOM is looking for an experienced surface Water Scientist to join our growing Water Environment team. This is a multi-disciplinary team with specialists in geomorphology, hydrology, hydro-ecology, water quality and hydrogeology and we encourage applicants who have experiences in these fields. We work for clients from across the public and private sectors, including the Environment Agency, Highways England, Water Companies, River Trusts as well as developers and overseas clients. We are also involved in major ongoing projects such as HS2 and Lower Thames Crossing and are responsible for water environment chapters in ES’s and WFD assessments.

A selection of our current and recent projects includes:

  • Developing catchment wide river restoration plans for water companies;

  • Developing a modelling approach to inform management decisions at water level dependent designated sites;

  • Producing the Fish and Eel Pass Guide to enable safe passage at in channel structures such as pumping stations and weirs;

  • Designing and helping delivering awards fish passes and river restoration schemes;

  • Deriving catchment improvements for the River Rede, to improve the health of the river;

  • Undertaking desk studies, consultation, water quality monitoring, and site surveys to assess the impact of major new infrastructure and developments including WFD assessments and Environmental Permitting; and

  • Developing water quality monitoring programmes, pollution prevention strategies and mitigation / monitoring plans for the construction of major infrastructure projects.

We are seeking to recruit a Senior or Principal Water Scientist to assist with and manage a range of survey and investigative projects. The majority of our work is in the fluvial environment, although a significant proportion is also focused on estuaries, lakes and the marine environment. AECOM has a Freedom to Grow policy that celebrates flexible working; if you are interested in joining us, we should be happy to discuss a working arrangement to suit you

Job Responsibilities:

We envisage successful candidates to have experience off and be able to deliver the following types of work to a high standard:

  • Ability to work collaboratively and iteratively within a multi-disciplinary team;

  • Water quality studies;

  • Hydrological investigations;

  • Hydroecological studies;

  • WFD / Environmental Compliance studies;

  • EIA projects;

  • Pollution prevention advice;

  • Statutory and non-statutory stakeholder engagement and management;

  • Be aware of and understand the AECOM IMS procedures, their importance and their application to projects; and

  • Project management (including client management), technical proposal and report writing.

Minimum Requirements

To be successful in this role we are looking for applicants from experienced professionals who have worked in a similar role. They should:

  • Be qualified to degree level in relevant subject (e.g. geography, environmental science);

  • Interprets and records data, conducts analyses, compares findings to relevant studies and regulations to ensure compliance and “has strong analytical / numerical skills;”

  • Work is performed with minimal direction;

  • Plans and organizes project studies;

  • Overseeing work of less experienced scientists;

  • Have experience in hydrology (low flows and flood risk), hydromorphology, water quality and / or hydroecology and a strong understanding of aquatic systems;

  • Experience of undertaking environmental impact and WFD assessments, including in support of EIA projects;

  • Have excellent report writing;

  • Have strong project management skills;

  • Have experience of bid preparation and drafting technical proposals;

  • Have line managed others;

  • Have experience using GIS and preparation of figures and presentations; and

  • Have strong communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

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 Sciences

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 257528BR

Additional Locations UK - Basingstoke, UK - Belfast, UK - Birmingham - Colmore Plaza, UK - Bristol - Portwall Place, UK - Cambridge - Wellbrook Court, UK - Cardiff, UK - Chesterfield, UK - Edinburgh - Tanfield, UK - Glasgow - 120 Bothwell Street, UK - Leeds, UK - Liverpool, Merchants Court, UK - Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK - Nottingham Regan Way, UK - St. Albans

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.