Graduate River Engineering & Flood Risk Management


Edinburgh, , GB

Start your Jacobs career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow.

Our People & Places Solutions business – reinforces our drive to improve the lives of people everywhere and epitomizes the “why” of what we do – the tremendous positive impact and value our solutions bring to our communities and society as a whole. From facilities delivering life-saving therapies and ensuring clean water to enabling the connection of people through all modes of transportation and providing access to technology – we’re integrating a multitude of these solution elements to build the smart environments of tomorrow.

We are seeking confident engineering graduates to join our growing Water Catchment Management team. Our team in the UK comprises around 500 people working across all aspects of the Water Environment. This includes projects directly linked to risk management with the water environment, such as related to water resources and flood risk management, as well as in sectors impacting on, or impacted by, the water environment.

This is a great opportunity to be part of a dynamic and growing business, with the opportunity to work on a variety of projects that make a difference to people’s lives and the environment. We work for major public and private sector clients, in Scotland, UK and across the world.

Our Water Catchment Management team provides strategic, feasibility and design advice to a range of clients including Highway Agencies, Environment Agency, Local Authorities, utility companies and national rail companies.

As a key member of the team, you will be responsible for supporting a range of river engineering and flood risk management projects, including flood risk assessments, feasibility studies, outline / detailed design and construction supervision of flood risk management schemes.

As part of our Graduate Development Programme, we will also positively encourage the development of complementary technical and project delivery skills and provide opportunities and training for this.

Key responsibilities:

  • Feasibility and option appraisal studies
  • Flood risk management and flood defence design
  • River engineering design
  • Preparation of consent applications
  • Preparation of materials for consultation with project stakeholders
  • Geospatial analysis
  • Developing design drawings using CAD
  • Undertaking calculations and other technical analysis in support of the team
  • Drafting technical reports to support planning and / or design of projects

Essential Criteria

You will hold or be in your final year of working towards an accredited minimum level 2:1 MEng degree in Civil Engineering (or equivalent);

Strong interest in River Engineering and Flood Risk Management;


  • The drive and motivation to become a Chartered Engineer;
  • Excellent analytical and technical skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to produce well-presented reports;
  • Relevant work experience;
  • Self-motivated and able to work as part of a team;
  • Good IT skills.

Additional information

Closing date: 17 April 2020

Expected start date: September 2020 

If interested, please submit your CV and Cover Letter when applying. Applicant’s require the right to live and work in the UK without visa and sponsorship requirements. This position does not cover relocation allowance. 

Our Culture

At Jacobs we see safety differently – we strive to go ‘BeyondZero’ by putting the health, safety and well-being of our employees first in everything we do.

We are committed to equality across our business and we work with external organisations such as STEM, WISE (Women in Science & Engineering) and Stonewall. We are also Disability Confident Committed; therefore, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy.

We encourage applications from candidates looking for flexible working or reduced hours’ contracts. Please also bear in mind that you do not need to meet 100% of the Essential Criteria to be considered for a position with Jacobs.

When you join Jacobs you will have access to a wide range of Global Networks, centred on inclusion and diversity which is the foundation of our business and at the centre of our values.

Start your journey with Jacobs

As part of our Graduate Development Programme (GDP), our graduates enjoy completing a series of well-designed competencies which have been approved by senior leaders to help you on your way to achieving chartership status as well as enhancing your technical expertise and developing your business acumen.

Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record.  If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.

JACOBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all.






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