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Water Scientist


Altrincham, United Kingdom

Job Summary
AECOM’s Environment and Planning Group includes a Water Science Team consisting of water quality scientists, hydromorphologists, hydrologists and ecologists. The water environment team specialises in natural water systems and offers a wide range of water science, hydrology and environmental services to private and public sector clients. This includes water and sediment quality surveys and studies, hydromorphological and hydroecological surveys and assessment, river, lake, wetland and terrestrial ecological surveys, ecosystem services assessment, ecosystem rehabilitation, catchment management services, WFD appraisals and impact assessments of new infrastructure developments.

AECOM’s busy water environment team is seeking to recruit a Water Scientist to assist with a range of survey and assessment projects.

Our clients are from the private and public sector and our leading UK clients include the Environment Agency, River Trusts, Highways England, Welsh Government, numerous Local Authorities, private commercial developers, as well as overseas clients.
We have an impressive portfolio of water science projects including technical investigation, restoration projects, and major national and international infrastructure projects.

A selection of our current and recent projects includes:
• Developing a modelling approach to inform management decisions at water level dependent designated sites.
• Developing a guide and decision support tool so that users can make informed decisions at barriers to fish and eel migration.
• Developing a Restoration Plan for the River Ver and Verulamium Lake in St Albans.
• Deriving catchment improvements for the River Rede, to improve water quality and ecological health of the river.
• Undertaking desk studies, consultations, water quality monitoring, and site surveys to assess the impact of major new infrastructure, industrial, residential and commercial developments including WFD assessments and Environmental Permitting.
• Developing water quality monitoring programmes and pollution prevention strategies for the construction of major infrastructure projects (e.g. Glyn Rhonwy Pumped Storage Scheme and A1 Dishforth to Barton Highway Improvement Scheme) .

The appropriate level of technical expertise is required in order that the Job / Project Accountabilities listed below can be carried out to the necessary standard:
• Ability to work collaboratively and iteratively within a multi-disciplinary team.
• Water quality studies (e.g. baseline studies, environmental impact assessment, nutrient loading studies and pollution studies including monitoring and modelling);
• Hydrological investigations (e.g. flood, drought and water resource allocation);
• Hydroecological studies (e.g. assessing the effects of schemes on aquatic organisms such as salmonids, freshwater pearl mussels, invertebrates and macrophytes);
• WFD / Environmental Compliance studies (project and strategic levels).
• EIA (e.g. highway, rail, utilities pipelines, power generation, wind farms, and residential other commercial developments);
• SuDS advice in respect to ensuring appropriate water quality treatment trains and optimising SuDS performance;
• Applications for Environmental Permits for flood risk activities and discharges, as well as Water Abstraction / Impoundment Licences;
• Establishing strong working relationships with other internal teams, particularly within AECOM’s Environment and Water divisions;
• Statutory and non-statutory stakeholder engagement and management;
• Be aware of and understand the AECOM IMS procedures, their importance and their application to projects.
• Coastal and estuarine dynamics; and
• Construction Site Supervision / Environmental Clerk of Works experience.
• Project management, technical proposal and report writing.

Minimum Requirements
To be successful in this role we're looking for applicants from experienced professionals who have worked in a similar role. They should:
• Be qualified to degree level (or equivalent) in relevant subject (e.g. geography, environmental science, hydrology, hydro-chemistry, ecology etc.);
• Have strong analytical and numerical skills;
• Have experience working with water, utilities, regulators and third sector organisations;
• Have experience of bid preparation and drafting technical proposals;
• Have strong project management skills;
• Have excellent report writing;

Preferred Qualifications
• An MSc or PhD in a relevant subject (as described above)
• Membership of an appropriate professional body (e.g. CIWEM, BHS, IEEM, IFM etc.)
• Modelling experience desirable (e.g. ISIS TuFlow, Mike powered by DHI, SIMCAT, WHAM)
• A valid UK driving licence
• Have experience of environmental modelling (e.g. water quality, hydraulic, sediment)
• Have experience of producing environmental monitoring specifications.


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