Geomorphologist/River Restoration Specialist

APEM Limited
U.K., Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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About APEM

APEM is Europe’s largest specialist aquatic environmental consultancy. We offer our clients an integrated approach to the investigation and management of freshwater catchments and terrestrial and marine habitats and operate UK wide and internationally. Our consultants are recognised experts in their fields, and as a company we pride ourselves on our commitment to scientific rigour and an excellent service in providing solutions to our clients.

2019 was a big year for APEM. We were awarded water industry consultant of the year and we completed a management buyout. In 2020 and beyond we will continue our ambitions for growth and innovation.

APEM is a highly reputable company, renowned for our quality and long list of trusted clients, who once secured, provide repeat business year after year, trusting us to deliver a high-quality service at a fair price.

We are proud to be an inclusive company, with People as one of the key pillars that our strategy is built upon. We stand for equality for all. As such we welcome applications from all individuals regardless of race, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

About the role

APEM’s hydromorphology team is currently undertaking a wide range of exciting projects, including re-naturalising flow regimes to restore geomorphological processes in European designated sites, conducting sediment tracing studies and designing sediment management plans to meet the needs of the Water Framework Directive. We have continued to maintain our high level of service despite the challenges of the last year and are seeking to recruit a high-calibre and commercially-minded geomorphologist at Principal or Senior Consultant grade to support our expansion.

This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated individual to make their mark as part of a growing team. Applications from those with specialist knowledge of development and infrastructure sectors, river and wetland restoration and sediment/ catchment investigations would be particularly welcome. 

About you

We anticipate candidates will have a range of field survey, data analysis and report writing skills. You will have a MSc or PhD in a relevant discipline (geomorphology, environmental science, catchment management) or the equivalent professional experience. The ability to view and analyse geospatial data in GIS is essential, and experience of  sediment transport modelling would be advantageous. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential, as is as the ability to work to tight deadlines.

Essential experience/ skills:

  • MSc in a relevant discipline (e.g. geomorphology, environmental science, catchment management) plus at least two years’ relevant experience in a consultancy, regulatory or third sector environment; Or a PhD in a relevant discipline.
  • Excellent understanding of fluvial geomorphological processes.
  • Experience of undertaking field work, e.g. fluvial audits, physical habitat surveys, sediment sampling.
  • Able to view and analyse geospatial data in GIS.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Able to work to tight deadlines 

Desirable experience/ skills:

  • Project management.
  • Sediment transport modelling.
  • Able to understand and interpret hydraulic modelling outputs.
  • Understanding of coastal geomorphology.

You will value variety and respond positively to new challenges. You will have the drive to support the expansion of our hydromorphology portfolio and the technical authority to represent it externally. You will have the ability to deliver independently and as part of project teams drawn from our regional offices, and to communicate effectively with clients. Therefore, a sense of pride in, and responsibility for, your work are paramount.

Whether you are an applicant with academic, regulatory, consultancy or third sector experience you will need to demonstrate your ability to apply your skills in a commercial consultancy context through experience of managing projects and dealing with people effectively and professionally.

You will be primarily office/home-based, although site visits, client meetings and fieldwork are likely to be required. These may include overnight stays; therefore, a full driving licence and personal flexibility is essential.

Required skills:

  • Specialist field and analytical skills in geomorphology/ river restoration.
  • Report-writing
  • Ability to represent APEM to clients and regulator
  • Ability to scope solutions
  • Project management skills preferred


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