Environmental or Senior Environmental Scientist

We are currently seeking to recruit for an Environmental or Senior Environmental Scientist to join us here at Aqua Consultants.

JOB TITLE: Environmental or Senior Environmental Scientist

REPORTING TO: Senior Natural Assets Scientist

What we do:

Aqua Consultants are a multi-disciplinary consultancy providing a wide range of Asset Management, Engineering and Commercial services to our clients across the water, energy and environment sectors, across the UK.

Who we are:

Aqua is established on a solid foundation of diversity – diversity of skills, cultures, personalities, perspectives and experiences. It is this diversity that unifies our team and enables us to offer holistic and innovative solutions to our clients most pressing needs.

The ‘Aqua’ culture is a set of values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours that creates a family-like environment within our workplace, something we call the ‘Aqua Family.’ 

We are an ambitious team who live our values of Growth, AccountabilityIntegrity Innovation, Empathy and Fun.

Our Vision – Growth through SHARED CAPABILITY

Our Mission – Growing sustainable value for future generations

Role Description

The role provides a unique opportunity within a new and growing Environment Team at Aqua Consultants as we look to deliver a range of deliverables outright and in conjunction with Asset Management, Engineering and Commercial colleagues.

As this is an emerging team it will suit and require a self-starter environmentalist who is willing to work in multidisciplinary settings and can display a problem-solving and growth mindset. The individual will contribute ideas and their specialist environmental skills, knowledge and experience to improve the functioning of the team, services therefore contributing to our three-year business strategy – Mission25.

The role will help consolidate and expand the team and Aqua’s footprint in a diverse range of areas including but not limited to regulatory programme planning and delivery, environmental assessment, asset management, environmental enabling of engineering and delivery schemes, biodiversity and catchment improvements, nature-based solutions and blue-green infrastructure. 

It therefore offers the chance for real autonomy, challenge and fulfilment by simultaneously shaping their own career whilst contributing meaningful change at an organisational level.

Responsibilities & Core Duties:

  • Plan, Programme and Project deliverables as required by client or business need. Clients and frameworks include Welsh Water, South West Water, Yorkshire Water Southern Water, Sydney Water, Northumbrian Water, Canals and Rivers Trust, Scottish and Southern Energy Renewables, Ofwat, the EA and more. Workstream areas include WINEP, WRMP, DWMP, Price Review, ISO 55001 alongside more bespoke opportunities such as supporting clients develop and embed approaches to Nature-Based Solutions.
  • Working alongside the Senior Natural Assets Scientist and other senior colleagues to consolidate and expand Aqua’s environmental service offering.
  • Travel to Aqua and Client offices as/when required.
  • Liaising with internal colleagues, partners, clients and external stakeholders as part of deliverable and business development requirements (including tenders).
  • Supporting in the recruitment and the structural development of the growing environment team.
  • Mentoring of and delegation to junior colleagues as/when required.

Skills/Qualifications Required:   

  • An environmental-related undergraduate degree and postgraduate degree in a water-environment, ecology or sustainability specialism (advantageous).
  • Working towards or have achieved Chartership (CEnv or C.WEM) with a relevant body (CIWEM, IEMA, CIEEM).
  • Environmental sustainability experience within built and natural asset owning organisations such as the water sector (advantageous), renewables and energy, land-use and transport.
  • Proficient in Geospatial tools e.g qGIS, ArcGIS etc
  • Knowledge and use of the BNG Metric.
  • Knowledge and use of wider environmental and social valuation tools and methods  e.g ENCA, CIRIA’s BeST, ORVal.
  • Evidenced experience of working with regulators (EA, NE) and stakeholders
  • Evidenced experience of working within regulatory environmental legislation, consents and permit requirements.
  • An understanding of the environmental receptor constraints and opportunities associated with engineering-infrastructure project planning and delivery.
  • Hold a full UK driving licence.

We recognise that individuals may not have all the above skills/qualifications required and are also interested in evidence of communication, team working, problem solving, strategic thinking, creativity, resilience and the ability to deal with ambiguity.

What we would like to offer you:

  • Competitive salary + discretionary bonus
  • 24 days annual leave + Bank holidays + option to purchase additional leave
  • Pension scheme (6% employer, 4% employee)
  • Company mobile phone and laptop provided
  • Training and career progression opportunities
  • Professional Membership fees paid
  • Life Assurance Scheme 4x annual salary
  • Electric car scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme (with access to GP appointments, Physio appointments and Mental Health Support)
  • Refer a friend scheme

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