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At AECOM, we're delivering a better world. Whether improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive. We are the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for future generations.

There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of over 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

We're one global team driven by our common purpose to deliver a better world. Join us.

Job Description

What your new role... will entail;

AECOM is looking for an experienced Senior/Principal Water Scientist / Hydrologist to join our growing Water Environment team. This is a multi-disciplinary team with specialists in geomorphology, hydrology, hydro-ecology, water quality and hydrogeology, comprising 45 surface water specialists and a further 25 hydrogeologists. We work for clients from across the public and private sectors, including the Environment Agency, Natural England, Highways England, Water Companies, NRW, River Trusts as well as developers and overseas clients. We are also involved in major ongoing projects such as HS2 and Lower Thames Crossing and are responsible for water environment chapters in ES’s and WFD assessments.

A selection of our current and recent projects includes:
• Developing catchment wide river restoration plans for water companies
• Delivering hydrological reviews / water balance studies for a range of purposes, such as determining supply sources and ensuring a canal remains sufficiently full despite its top up water supply failing
• Design, modelling and installation of NFM measures for the upper Darent in Kent
• 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

Your role and responsibilities;

The successful candidate will be responsible for high quality project delivery. You will bring unique expertise on specific technologies or processes, will be able to apply acquired expertise and knowledge to solve business challenges, provide coaching to peers and team members, and will be sought for technical experience and able to influence suppliers. The job involves:
• Working collaboratively with other team members with the ability to make autonomous decisions guided by policies, procedures and business objectives.
• Accountable for the results as well as adherence to budget and/or meeting deadlines.
• Identify trends, issues and opportunities for your area of the business, industry service line or process.
• Demonstrate innovation to deliver technical and operational excellence.
• Posess highly specialised technical or functional expertise or deep business acumen in your business unit, service line or discipline.
• Water quality studies
• Hydrological investigations (including typical as well as drought flows)
• Use of varied tools to deliver outcomes (software, models etc.)
• Hydroecological studies
• WFD / Environmental Compliance/ EIA studies
• Project management (including client management), technical proposal and report writing.
• Contributing to Nature Based Solutions such as wetland creation and river restoration schemes.

The majority of our work is in the fluvial environment, although a significant proportion is also focused on estuaries, lakes and the marine environment.

Being part of the team;
• All members of the Water Environment team take an active role in client contact and commercial aspects of our projects. Health, safety, and environmental considerations underpin all of our work.
• You will take a role in Hydrology and Water Science, in technical direction, innovation, business development and work winning.
• As an experienced water scientist/hydrologist you’ll potentially provide line management and training to peers and junior team members, and liaise closely with internal and external clients.
• We offer a flexible hybrid working model. As a member of our team, you will enjoy a comprehensive benefits package with a range of flexible choices covering health, finance, lifestyle, well-being and more.


Here’s what we will need from you;
• Have a degree (or equivalent) in relevant subject (geography, physical sciences, engineering etc.)
• Proficiency in the application of hydrological software and environmental modelling (hydrological/ hydraulic/ water quality/ water resources)
• Proficiency in GIS software
• Report writing skills and ability to clearly present complex technical information visually and orally to a wide audience
• Experienced in technical project delivery (from bid preparation/ drafting technical proposals to project management)

Additional Information

Want to find out more about the role or what working at AECOM is like?

You can learn more about us here:2023 AECOM Candidate Brochure (adobe.com)



AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at aecom.com and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10104313

Business Line: Water

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid
Belfast United Kingdom


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