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Water Science Graduate (Environment) - Belfast - 2024 starts

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Feb 18

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  • We have an impressive portfolio of water science projects including technical investigation, restoration projects, and impact and WFD assessment for major national and international infrastructure projects. A selection of our current and recent projects includes:
  • We are seeking to recruit a Water Scientist to assist with a range of 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, and so experience of these environments is beneficial.
  • This is a fantastic opportunity to further your career by gaining valuable work experience within a specialist surface water environment team in an established consultancy. Your work will cover a broad range of hydrological, water quality, hydromorphological and hydro-ecological activities including on the following types of projects:
  • 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 and reviewing external Nutrient Neutrality assessments;
  • 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.
  • You’ll work with other experienced members of the team who will guide you as you start working on live projects, including groundwater assessments for a variety of projects in the UK and overseas. An integral part of your role will be report writing, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data.


  • Degree qualified with an MSc in Geography, Geomorphology, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Hydro-chemistry or similar;
  • Ability to conceptualise surface water environment issues;
  • Excellent report writing skills;
  • Strong analytical and numerical skills;
  • Ability to communicative effectively, both verbally and in writing;
  • Have experience using GIS; and
  • Full UK driving licence
  • Language skills;
  • Experience with databases, and modelling software; and
  • Preparation of figures and presentations.

Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities



  • 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);
  • Geomorphological studies, including supporting channel enhancement/ restoration projects, Natural Flood Management studies and Fluvial Audits.
  • 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;
  • EIA (e.g. highway, rail, aviation, utilities, power generation including renewables, mixed use/commercial/residential and other development types);
  • Pollution prevention advice including preparing Water Management Plans, acting as Environmental Clerk of Works, and developing sustainable treatment trains; and
  • Applications for various permissions (e.g. Environmental Permits for flood risk activities and discharges, Water Abstraction / Impoundment Licences, and Land Drainage Consents).


Work type

Full time

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