Senior/Principal Consultant (Hydro-Morphologist/Hydro-Ecologist)

Ricardo Energy & Environment
Bristol or London or Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Job Description

You will join the Water and Environment practice of the Ricardo Energy and Environment business.  Our practice specializes in delivering a comprehensive range of services for water, ecology, and environmental impact assessments both on land and in water from source to sea. Our clients range from: water companies where we work to understand environmental trends to support water resource and environmental management issues now and for the future; government bodies (national and local) where projects embrace determining how to identify and assess water quality impacts, re-use of nutrients, river and wetland restoration, coastal and fluvial flood risk and; infrastructure-focused worked for airports, developers and businesses where water-related efficiency and quality require assessment for environment benefit.

Ricardo Energy & Environment is a leading sustainability consultancy combining water, ecology, energy, climate change, agriculture and chemical risk expertise with strong IT, data analysis, economics and environmental impact assessment capability. Operating across the world, we work in partnership with our customers to help transform the way they work, empowering business leaders with award winning consultancy advice. With unrivalled sector insight and a reputation for producing innovative solutions, we offer a stimulating and rewarding environment in which to work. We are nationally and internationally recognised for our expertise in planning and overseeing complex and sensitive projects. Whilst much of your work will be focused in the water and environment team, you will have the opportunity to work with other parts of the company providing you with the opportunity to further expand your experience and also contribute to wider national and international infrastructure, water and ecological projects in new and existing areas.


We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced individual to join our water and environment team based in the UK with the ability to model and interpret hydrological/geomorphological related to impacts on ecological and water quality and quantity.

You will be required to provide technical expertise and experience on a variety of water and environmental management projects, including river restoration schemes, river management and environmental impact assessment, environmental statements for planning, water resource management, drought planning and monitoring planning as well as cutting edge R&D studies for a wide range of clients in the public and private sector. 

Understanding, predicting and communicating the potential impact of hydro-geomorphological conditions on habitats and associated ecology at local and catchment scales will be a critical element of your role, working alongside a multi-disciplinary environmental team. In addition you will be responsible for leading on the assessments including project management and direction.  Building upon and identifying new work opportunities will be an essential component of this role.

Key accountabilities:

  • Provide expert advice and technical input into hydro-geomorphological investigations and relate to associated ecological impacts
  • Undertake, produce and technically review hydro-ecological assessments of a wide variety of activities including over-seeing and supporting reviews of Environmental Statements for Local Authority Water Resource chapters
  • Project management and/or direction of projects
  • Mentor junior colleagues in the technical areas of hydro- geomorphology and links to ecological trends especially related to the development of flood and low flow modelling of water and sediment for river and wetland opportunities and wider drought and flood assessment work
  • Liaise with others across all levels of the business to identify new opportunities
  • Lead on a range of bids, including large and complex proposals
  • Develop follow-on work and new opportunities as they arise from existing clients and projects
  • Development of appropriate assessment methods to carry out complex data analysis

Key competencies and experience:


  • A degree in a relevant subject, such as Environmental or Physical Sciences, Geography, Ecology or Biology and a postgraduate degree with a specific hydro-geomorphology and associated habitat impact element 
  • A thorough and sound understanding of freshwater and estuarine habitats and ecology - and most importantly how these are affected by hydrological and geomorphological variability and water quality pressures and be able to quantify these effects
  • Competence in carring out hydro-ecological assessments in the context of UK aquatic systems for a wide variety of activities, including: EIA, abstraction and discharge schemes, infrastructure developments, flood defence/river management schemes, river restoration schemes and marine licensing
  • A good understanding of UK water management, the water industry, environmental legislation (especially Habitats Directive and WFD compliance) and associated planning processes  
  • Extensive industrial/consultancy experience
  • Demonstrable ability to win new and repeat business
  • Numerate and able to interpret ecological and hydrological data to support environmental impact understanding (including interpreting and explaining trends)
  • Ability to model/interpreting results for river restoration and hydrological design-related projects
  • Ability to undertake FRAs and Environmental Impact Assessment (Water resource Chapter)
  • Understanding and knowledge of associated flood and drought policies and data sources especially EU and UK
  • Understanding of the UK Water Industry (e.g. driving policies and directvices)
  • A full UK driver’s license


  • Ability to run hydrological models and understand FEH/FSR outputs to support habitat and flow management improvements
  • Understand outputs/ability to run an Aquator model
  • International experience over and above understanding of the UK water industry and planning marketing
  • Chartered membership of a relevant professional body (e.g. CIWEM or CIEEM), or actively working towards full chartered status
  • Experience of planning and conducting field surveys
  • The ability to think innovatively and strategically to address complex challenges
  • Understanding of the UK and international arena in the context of this job specification.

Skills and behaviours:

  • Excellent team working
  • Strong communication skills and a close attention to detail
  • Excellent report writing
  • Strong bid-writing skills and ability to win business
  • Good IT skills ideally including hydrological modelling skills
  • Self-organized
  • Ability to win work

This is a fast-paced and challenging environment offering you the opportunity to make your mark. You will have support from the wider business for your career to develop into a wide range of future opportunities within Ricardo Energy & Environment. 

In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive benefits package, a personal development plan, and the opportunity to make a difference in a challenging and rewarding field.  Ricardo Energy & Environment is an equal opportunities employer.