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Catchment Scientist

  1. Warrington, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
R-117333

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Preferred locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Oxford, Peterborough.

Other potential locations: Glasgow and Warrington.

AtkinsRéalis business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, with over 50,000 employees worldwide. At AtkinsRéalis, we offer more than just a job. We offer an opportunity to make a difference and shape the world to benefit future generations and the natural environment. We have a multi-disciplinary Sustainable River Management team within our Water Management Consultancy group who come together to create award winning habitats. The team continues to grow and has now over 30 specialists across the country. We have a reputation for technical excellence, innovation and actively shaping the future of our industry. We are a friendly and approachable team.  We enjoy the work we do and have fun while doing it.

We are seeking to expand our award-winning Sustainable River Management team and have several openings available. If you are looking to deliver interesting and significant projects, influence environmental outcomes at the project level and beyond, and work within a strong culture of wellbeing, innovation and inclusivity, this is the place for you. 

We are looking for a well-motivated individual to join our dynamic team and help deliver exciting projects. You should have a background in the environmental sector and experience in one or more of the following disciplines: fluvial geomorphology, hydro-ecology, aquatic ecology, wetlands and catchment science.

Our team is close-knit, technically progressive and offers a wonderful opportunity for you to work with like-minded specialists.  We operate national and international technical networks to develop and share the very best ideas and practice in our industry. We encourage the production of papers/articles and support our staff in presenting their work at conferences.  We support staff in their career progression towards chartership and beyond. This is an exceptional environment for you to develop your technical and commercial skills.

We value flexible working and encourage working from different offices across the region, flexible hours and home working. We also support part time workers who make up an essential component of our team.  The role would preferably be based from our Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Oxford or Peterborough offices but you would also work with specialists from our other national office bases as required (including Epsom, Glasgow, Swansea and Warrington).

We work for clients across the UK and overseas, including central government, regulators, water companies, NGOs and local authorities.

Responsibilities:

  • To support the delivery of a wide range of catchment science projects with a focus on river and wetland function, WFD compliance assessments, habitat design, management and restoration; river realignment and environmental assessment/EIA through collaborative working with other AtkinsRéalis specialists.
  • Liaise with internal and external project teams to deliver the best environmental options.
  • To work effectively as part of a team and with other professionals (environmental scientists, ecologists, engineers, planners to name but a few) throughout AtkinsRéalis to provide a consistent and integrated service to our clients.
  • To succeed within this role, you must have a flexible, ‘hands-on’, proactive approach to your work.  You must be able to work independently as well as part of a wider team.

Requirements:

  • A degree in a relevant discipline and a relevant post-graduate qualification is essential (with focus on Water/Catchment Management/River processes). The role would require experience in undertaking, and managing delivery of, environmental surveys related to river, wetland and catchment systems.
  • Candidates will need to demonstrate that this includes field experience in different river environments across the UK. The individual should have a proven ability to undertake, and deliver, a thorough technical investigation, presenting findings in a well-structured, concise argument (verbal or written), supported by evidence.
  •  Candidates need to have a proven ability to write reports in concise, plain English appropriate to audiences ranging from technical specialists to the general public. The role requires the individual to be numerate, literate and familiar with IT and software appropriate to the tasks undertaken.
  • It would be beneficial if the candidate had experience of undertaking a range of environmental assessments. Technically, experience in GIS, Excel, VBA, Python, Publisher would be beneficial along with being a professionally trained, MoRPh surveyor.
  • The candidate should be enthusiastic in developing new ways of processing, analysing and presenting data.
  • Ideally, the candidate would have experience in undertaking Water Framework Directive (WFD) compliance assessments and integrating these into the Environmental Assessment process.
  •  A valid driving licence and availability for travel across the UK and occasionally overseas where appropriate would also be beneficial.

The Individual:

The candidate should be highly motivated, enthusiastic and proactive; focussed on achieving and delivering technical excellence and sustainable outcomes. The individual would need to be skilled at collaborative working, have good interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively. In addition, they would need to be flexible, adaptable and prepared to take on new challenges. Finally, the candidate would need to have excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills.

Read more about how you can thrive with us: Equality, diversity & inclusion in the UK & Europe (atkinsrealis.com) 

What we offer? 

AtkinsRéalis recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements.  As part of this commitment, we understand the need for a diverse and flexible workforce, where a work-life balance is important. So, by default AtkinsRéalis offers flexible working, where there is no fixed 9 ‘till 5, no need for a 5-day week, no requirement for a full-time contract, and no requirement to spend all your working time in the office. 

Training: 

AtkinsRéalis is committed to developing its people both personally and professionally. Our colleagues have the advantage of access to a high ranging training portfolio and development activities designed to help make the best of individual’s abilities and talents. We also actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions. 

Rewards and Benefits: 

We offer a competitive salary that is regularly tested against other consultants with a default 25-days leave each year plus bank holidays and options to buy some or sell of that leave. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

New name, new era. We are AtkinsRéalis. It will take some time for all our information to update – you can still refer to our fantastic benefits via the link below: 

YourReward at AtkinsRéalis (atkinsrealis.com) 

Our offices run their own sports and social club providing wide ranging activities such as wine tasting, surf trips and a kids’ Christmas party.  You will also have access to our Flexible Benefits, where you can opt in to a wide range of benefits to complement your work/life balance: such as medical insurance, gym membership, the cycle-to-work scheme, child care vouchers, charitable giving, additional pension contributions etc. Please refer to our website for details of our full benefits package: Rewards & benefits | AtkinsRéalis (atkinsrealis.com).

Additional Information: 

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearanceIf this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. The vetting process is delivered by United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) and may require candidates to provide proof of residency in the UK of 5 years or longer. If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance. 

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves, thrive and develop. To help embed inclusion for all, from day one, we offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and employee networks to support staff from different backgrounds. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability. 

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