Environmental Consultant (Water)

Ricardo Energy & Environment

Bristol, UK 🇬🇧

London, UK 🇬🇧

Harwell, UK 🇬🇧

Manchester, UK 🇬🇧

Role: Environmental Consultant – Water

Location: Flexible/ Bristol/ London / Harwell/ Manchester

Salary range: £30,000-£40,000

Role ID: 2022-1626

Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. With over 100 years of engineering excellence and employing close to 3,000 employees in more than 20 countries, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading-edge and innovative cross-sector sustainable products and solutions. Every day, we enable our customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world.

Energy & Environment, one of Ricardo plc’s five operating business units, is a leader in sustainability consultancy, solving complex environmental challenges through industry-leading analysis, advice and data. With more than 40 years of heritage in addressing air quality, environmental and sustainability issues, our customers value us for our deep understanding and breadth of services covering the entire value chain from evidence, policy & strategy to implementation.

We are currently looking for a Environmental Consultant to join our Water team.


Our excellent track record in supporting the water industry and airports is resulting in substantial and exciting growth of our Water & Environment Team. We have established long-term relationships with many of the UK’s water companies and airports. Consequently, we are servicing multiple environmental frameworks and some sizeable capital water and wastewater projects. Our growing focus on water and environmental solutions, alongside a wider array of consultancy services, means we are seeking to appoint an Environmental Consultant with both a strong technical background and experience of projects throughout their life-cycle.

Key Responsibilities

You will work as part of a wider team of multi-disciplinary water and environmental experts that includes specialists in the fields of: water resources, hydro-ecology, ground and surface water hydrology, flood risk, geomorphology, water quality, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, natural capital, environmental impact assessment and planning. Elements of all of these disciplines can feature in our work which can include a focus on water resources, drought planning, surface water runoff and water and wastewater investigations.  As such, critical to this role is an appreciation of various environmental strands and linkages to support us in helping solve sometimes complex environmental challenges with a well organised and collaborative approach.

Ideally having already gained some project management experience, you will have an ambition to help drive our business forward by delivering excellent services and helping to win new work.  A key requirement is for effective technical delivery and involvement in projects from supporting bidding through to execution and close-out.  The role will require the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with internal and external stakeholders that have varying technical understanding, with an understanding of client needs and required standards.

Key competencies and experience:

We are looking to appoint an Environmental Consultant who has relevant experience in the water sector and also ideally airports.  Of particular interest is an understanding of and experience in one or more water related environmental assessment technical disciplines, such as hydrology, water management and water quality.  We also require the following key competencies and experience:

  • Understanding of the UK water industry and its regulation.
  • Ability to manage and deliver technically complex elements of work.
  • Some project management experience.
  • Exposure to proposal writing and winning work.
  • An environmentally related degree (ideally with a post-graduate qualification also).
  • A clean full UK driving licence. 


  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Good collaborative team working and communication skills.
  • The ability to manage and prioritise workload.
  • Effective stakeholder liaison skills, including keeping others up to date with progress.
  • Ability to manage and work to tight project deadlines and under pressure.
  • Ability to support technical input into proposals.

Working here

Ricardo is an exciting and rewarding place to work and you have the opportunity to make a difference. You will work with teams of talented, dedicated, and supportive individuals. Alongside having a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development. We are always keen to hear from people who have driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking.

Wellbeing and work life balance

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that’s working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We’re happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential. Our People are important to us, and we take pride in our wellbeing programmes and policies that support individuals including flexible working, carers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance programme.

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion statement

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees and to ensure an inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a ‘disability confident’ employer.


Our core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, plus 8 flexible bank holidays, a competitive company pension scheme, life assurance and professional subscriptions reimbursement. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development