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AECOM Principal Aquatic Ecologist in Manchester, United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Nottinghamshire, Nottingham

Job Summary

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity

The successful applicant will join a growing, friendly and highly motivated team and contribute to a diverse range of projects; baseline data collection for major infrastructure and utility projects, habitat restoration projects for regulators and the private sector, pollution response surveys and water quality investigations. A prime responsibility of the appointee will be to co-ordinate the activity of more junior members of the team in the field and laboratory, contribute to and review reports, develop monitoring strategies and provide specialist input to multi-disciplinary teams. The appointee would liaise closely with the aquatic team leader in the Nottingham office and our UK Aquatic Ecology, Water Environment and multi-disciplinary teams to support a coherent nationwide approach.

The role offers excellent career progression opportunities within AECOM and working with the Water Environment Team management you will have the opportunity to influence how the team continues to grow and develop. Technically you will have a good understanding of all disciplines of freshwater ecology to potentially include fish, algae, macroinvertebrates and macrophytes in freshwater and transitional habitats.

  • Utilizes advanced scientific principles, theories, practices and existing technologies develop technical solutions to complex problems.

  • Interprets and records data, conducts analyses, compares findings to relevant studies and local, provincial and national regulations to ensure compliance. Work is performed with minimal direction.

  • Exercises considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignment. Responsible for advanced duties and activities in their specialized functional area.

  • Conducts research and does investigation work as required.

  • Plans and organizes project studies.

  • Assists in the resolution of conflicting technical information and unsuitability of standard procedures.

  • Performs complex assignments often requiring the development of unique solutions to problems.

  • May oversee the work of less experienced scientists.

The appointee would contribute to opportunities in aquatic ecology being developed by the company for a range of clients by:

  • Contributing in a critical role to a team of aquatic ecologists based in AECOM’s nationwide offices and laboratory facilities;

  • Support the Aquatic Ecology Team lead with business development;

  • Provide a technical lead in the UK for fisheries ecology;

  • Provide wider aquatic ecology input into EIA, planning, mitigation and a wide range of multi-disciplinary projects;

  • Mentoring more junior staff, supporting their written, analytical and field skills and developing their identification techniques in all freshwater disciplines;

  • Authoring and reviewing input to reports, devising monitoring strategies and working within multi-disciplinary teams to provide specialist input;

  • Developing data analysis and processing;

  • Lead in the production of Environmental Impact Assessment documents in line with CIEEM guidelines;

  • Developing and implementing project management skills;

  • Undertaking other tasks to support the wider environmental business, as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • Demonstrable experience of contributing to the production of ecological impact assessments (EcIA/EIA) and/or appropriate assessments (HRA);

  • Demonstrable experience of contributing to (and leading where appropriate) WFD (Ecology/Biology) assessments;

  • An understanding of the industry standard monitoring techniques and analyses for fish, and experience in fish survey requirements and methodology including electric fishing and/or seine netting, and associated consenting/permitting requirements;

  • An understanding of the industry standard monitoring techniques and analyses for macroinvertebrates (RICT, BMWP, ASPT, WHPT etc.) and macrophytes (MTR, CSM, LEAFPACS2);

  • Knowledge of legislation relating to the aquatic environment and its implementation, particularly the Water Framework Directive;

  • Good personal time management, communication skills with internal and external clients and team members locally and nationally;

  • Willingness to learn new skills and to be flexible in terms of travelling and working hours as AECOM projects can be distributed across the UK;

  • A full UK driving licence;

Additional desirable but not essential attributes for the role:

  • Experience of the scoping / requirements for fish passage improvements, including where appropriate fish pass design, installation and monitoring;

  • Experience of surveying and identifying fish, macrophytes, benthic diatoms and/or phytoplankton / zooplankton would be advantageous;

  • River Corridor / River Habitat Survey (RHS);

  • Protected Species Licence(s);

  • ArcGIS experience;

  • Phase 1 Habitat Survey or wider Ecology survey experience (Terrestrial Ecology);

  • RYA Powerboat Handling Level 2 qualification (or similar), Trailer Towing, 4x4 driving, or similar role-specific qualifications;

  • First Aid at Work qualification (although will be provided if required);

  • CSCS Card.

Preferred Qualifications

  • The appointee will be qualified to degree level in a relevant subject and have experience in an aquatic ecology role;

  • A higher degree in Aquatic Ecology or related discipline;

  • Previous commercial and/or regulatory experience;

  • A wide range of computer literacy, potentially including ‘R’, GIS packages etc.

The value of diversity and inclusion is readily apparent in creating a collaborative, supportive working environment and in delivering innovative, contextually appropriate projects. It is very important to both what we do and the way we do it. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. The important thing for us is that you can demonstrate that you can effectively fulfil the needs of the role. If you feel you can fulfil the requirements of the role, but there are other factors that are making you hesitant in applying, we would still like to hear from you and see if we can work together to overcome any challenges.

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.

What We Offer

We will give you 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.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Sciences

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 255765BR

Additional Locations UK - Basingstoke, UK - Leeds, UK - Manchester - 1 New York Street

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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