Internship - Environmental Consulting: Water or Ecology

Ricardo Energy & Environment

London, UK 🇬🇧

Manchester, UK 🇬🇧

Harwell, UK 🇬🇧

Bristol, UK 🇬🇧

Glasgow, UK 🇬🇧

Role: Internship – Environmental Consulting: Water or Ecology

Location: UK Flexible – London, Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow, Harwell – Oxford

Salary range: £10.50 – £11.50 per hour plus accrued holiday

Role ID: 1731

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 limited number of Interns to join our Water and Ecology Practice. The internships will commence in May 2023 for an initial period of 3 months.

Key responsibilities

  • Support senior staff with fieldwork, literature reviews and data analysis.
  • Manage your time related to the tasks you are asked to complete.
  • Work closely with your colleagues to understand your tasks and how they interrelate to overall programmes of work.
  • Be a team player. 

Key competencies and experience

  • Graduate (2.1 or above) or preferably a post-graduate qualification in a relevant environmental field.
  • Demonstrable understanding of the links between, water, physical processes, habitats and land management.
  • Demonstrable understanding of environmental policy that underpins environmental requirements, plus experience/understanding of a range of the following:
  • Water (quality, physical processes, quantity (both surface and groundwater under drought and flood conditions).
  • Water resources and planning related to environmental factors.
  • Ecology (terrestrial, aquatic, fisheries, marine, Invasive species).
  • Ecology and water fieldwork.
  • Environmental assessments, especially: Habitat Regulation Assessment, Water Framework Directive, Biodiversity Net Gain, Natural Capital, Environment Impact Assessment.
  • Strategic Environment Assessment and Health Impact Assessment topic.
  • Catchment management and Nature-based solutions for nutrient neutrality, soil health, net gain etc.
  • Experience of using GIS and coding (e.g., R/R studio). 
  • Environmental monitoring and conceptual modelling related to a range of ecology and water topics
  • Environmental Assessment trend analysis.
  • Land use management and mitigation measures for ecological and societal gain.

Skills and behaviours 

  • We are seeking enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about the environment, eager to learn and looking for a longer-term career in environmental consultancy that specialises in environmental assessment of a large range of water and ecology topics.
  • Confident and able to communicate with peers and managers.
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a team.
  • A flexible approach to working (able to adapt to different tasks).
  • Attention to detail and excellent written skill.
  • Keen to carry out fieldwork, report writing and technical analysis.
  • Clean driving licence.

Our internships always attract large numbers of applications, so please spend the time to demonstrate why we should offer you an internship. We expect you to include a covering letter as well as a CV. 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.

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 ensure a culture of inclusivity, 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.





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