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Water Science Graduate (Environment) - Exeter - 2024 starts

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1mo ago

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  • You must have a degree in relevant field, strong analytical skills, GIS experience, report writing abilities, and a full UK driving license. Additional langauge/database/modeling skills are desirable.
  • You will conduct water quality, hydrological, geomorphological, and hydroecological studies. You'll also work on EIA, pollution prevention, and permit applications for various projects in the Exeter area.

Graduate Job



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
  • Desirable:
  • 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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