Local recruitment: 2023 Graduate Hydrologist


London, UK 🇬🇧

Birmingham, UK 🇬🇧

Naas, County Kildare, Ireland 🇮🇪





CLOSING DATE: 17-Feb-2023

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Your new role, what’s involved?

WSP has an opportunity for a Graduate Hydrologist or Water Resource Engineer to join our UK and Ireland Mine Water team on a full-time, permanent basis in one of our offices in London, Birmingham or Naas (Ireland). 

Our UK and Ireland Mine Water team is formed of surface water, groundwater and geochemistry professionals with experience ranging from graduate level to 30 plus years of experience. This presents an opportunity to work on projects internationally and learn from experienced colleagues at different stages of their career and with different areas of technical expertise. We contribute to all parts of the mining life cycle, from exploration and pre-feasibility through to mine closure.

The role will focus on working within the team on a range of projects predominantly within the mining business, although there is also the potential to work with other local sectors including infrastructure, manufacturing and land development.

Key responsibilities will include:

• Input to or completion of water resources aspects of a range of mining projects (with senior review and direction), including environmental assessments, environmental permitting, and engineering design projects by:

• Preparing input to complete technical documents including descriptions of investigations, results, conclusions and recommendations for review by senior staff;

• Providing support to UK and Ireland based non-mining projects, including Flood Risk Assessments (FRA) and Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) design for land development projects;

• Project-based travel and site work, working away from home both in the UK, Ireland and internationally. The frequency and duration of this will depend on business and client need;

• Supporting the development and maintenance of client relationships, either through project-based client interaction or through supporting business development efforts of senior staff;

• Working in a collaborative manner with colleagues from other disciplines within WSP as required;

• Work in a collaborative way, taking direction from and supporting more senior staff to achieve project goals and meet deadlines; and

• Display a ‘safety first’ attitude in line with an interdependent health and safety culture, promoting positive health and safety, raising safety issues through the appropriate channels and adhering to WSP’s health and safety policy and procedures.

This job description describes the principal purpose and main elements of the job.  It is a guide to the nature of the main duties as they currently exist but it is not intended as a wholly comprehensive or permanent schedule of tasks.  The post holder is expected to work flexibly and respond positively to changing business needs.

We’d love to hear from you if you have:

  • You’ll be graduating in 2023 or you may have recently graduated with at least a 2:2 in a BSc degree (or equivalent) in Water Resource Engineering or Civil Engineering (with hydrology and hydraulics modules), or BSc in Geography or Environmental Sciences (with hydrology module) plus MSc course in engineering hydraulics;
  • You’ll be looking to start work in April 2023, September 2023 or April 2024
  • You’ll ideally have less than 1.5 years relevant experience
  • You’ll be passionate with the curiosity and creativity to solve problems
  • You’ll want to stretch and inspire us, speaking up about any new ideas you have
  • You’ll want to throw yourself in from day one and put your studies into practice
  • You’ll have excellent communication skills
  • You’ll enjoy working in a team environment, sharing ideas and collaborating with colleagues 
  • You’ll have confidence to work under pressure with the ability to prioritise and plan effectively

Please note behavioural assessment results at WSP are valid for a period of 12 months, if you have completed an assessment within this timeframe and been unsuccessful we will not be able to consider your application. 

Early applications are recommended, and we reserve the right to close this vacancy prior to the advertised closing date. 

What’s in it for you?

We care about individuals and their progress and offer the most fulfilling career development for our professionals. Professional accreditation is an important milestone to reach. After years of study in your field and hard work on the job, you’ll want the recognition that you are at the top of your game.  Our two-year graduate development programme will support you to achieve your goals. 

We have established relationships with professional institutions including ICE, IStructE, IET, CIBSE, CIHT, CILT, IMechE, IChemE, IED,TPS, CIWEM, GSL, RGD, RICS, RTPI, SocEnv, or APM and we’ll provide a technical mentor to help you on your journey, and reward you for your efforts as well (when you reach certain professional milestones you’ll even get a bonus as a thank you and well done for your hard work). We are also able to support professional development with many other approved professional institutions. 

The programme is a blended learning experience and includes cohort events, core behavioural training modules, professional registration mentoring and on-the-job experience. The structured training programme includes but is not limited to training in: –

  • Project Management
  • Team specific technical skills
  • Client and Customer Care
  • Collaborative working with your clients and team
  • Commercial Concepts
  • Developing your Personal Brand
  • Career Development…and lots more!

We also offer our Professional Growth Network (PGN) which is a networking group run by early career professionals for early career professionals. It helps to grow your network of contacts across the UK business as well as providing you with opportunities for extra experience to support you in achieving chartered status or other professional accreditations. 

We want our people to achieve rewarding careers. At work we celebrate integrity and treat people with respect. We support each other and embrace diversity to create a place where people come together and do great things.

Our VIBE (LGBT + employee), Women in Leadership, CREED (Championing Racial Equality and Ethnic Diversity), WSP Connect (visible and non-visible disabilities) and our Gender Balance Group help us promote the right environment for you to reach your full potential. Belonging@WSP.

Apply now and be the future of WSP!

How long does the process take?

You’ll receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within 48 hours of submission. We work hard to match you to the most suitable roles in our business based on your preferences. The recruitment process can vary depending on the role and team you are matched to. Most applications complete initial behavioural screening assessments and are progressed to an assessment centre if we have a role and location match within 2 months. We will aim to keep you informed throughout the time that your application is being considered however, due to the volume of applications received, we are not able to respond to individual requests for status updates.

Apply now and be the future of WSP!


Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria, please let us know if you require any workplace adjustments in support of your application.

Please note WSP reserves the right to close the vacancy before the advertised closing date.

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