Assistant Environmental Consultant (Water)


Edinburgh, UK 🇬🇧

Glasgow, UK 🇬🇧

About the Role:

At WSP, there’s nothing we love more than pushing boundaries. Harnessing innovation and sharing insights across our diverse, international team to create a tomorrow’s world that’s cleaner, greener and safer. Join us and you’ll be part of an organisation that takes pride in its people and purpose: creating long-lasting solutions to meet the needs of generations to come.

We require an Assistant Environmental Consultant to join our Hydrology and Water Environment team, part of the WSP UK Water division, based in either Glasgow or Edinburgh.  

Working as part of the multi-disciplinary Water Risk Management & Engineering team based in Scotland, you shall be involved in desk study and site-based data gathering, GIS analysis and reporting to provide advice and support relating to soil and water environment issues for development projects.  This role is primarily a technical delivery position servicing the onshore energy and highway sectors in the UK, with potential opportunities to operate in other sectors and international projects.

As part of our multi-disciplinary Water division our environmental specialists offer a comprehensive range of services to transport agencies, local authorities, utilities and developers including site surveys and investigation, stakeholder liaison, design, EIA reports, planning application and construction management support.

A typical week would include:

  • Supporting project delivery and also managing your own work packages,
  • coordinating with others and contributing to successful delivery.
  • Meeting client and stakeholder requirements, whilst understanding and working within financial and programme requirements. 
  • Technical report writing and competent use of GIS are important functions of this role, alongside capability to undertake regular fieldwork activities to support reports.

There will also be the opportunity to work with the wider team on flood risk assessment, associated flood modelling tasks and flood protection scheme optioneering and design.

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

  • A BSc in a water / environmental management related discipline, preferably having a relevant post-graduate qualification, with demonstrable evidence of progression towards chartered status of a relevant professional body, such as IEMA or CIWEM.
  • Undertaken fieldwork, data analysis and report-writing skills relevant to the water environment discipline and be able to provide evidence of this track record. 
  • Previous experience and skills in specific relevant disciplines, such as EIA report preparation, sustainable drainage systems, highway discharge assessment, CAR licensing, hydrogeology, hydrology, water quality, fluvial geomorphology, site environmental management, peat surveys, peat stability, peat management, geology and pollution prevention.   
  • Experience with a variety of software packages and ideally a competent user of GIS software for planning, analysing and reporting environmental deliverables.
  • A working knowledge of the EIA regulations and/or the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges in relation to the water environment. 
  • Up-to-date knowledge of related UK environmental legislation and best practice guidance.
  • Experience working within a team and be confident working on own initiative, understand project management principles and be able to assist in the development of potential business opportunities.
  • The ability to be flexible with regard to working away from Glasgow base on a regular basis, familiar with safe working practices in remote outdoor locations and be capable of undertaking fieldwork requiring a reasonable level of fitness.
  • A full UK driving licence

What if we can?

What if we can have work-life balance? What if we can be rewarded in ways that support our individual needs? What if we can be accepted for who we are? Here at WSP – we can!

WSP recognizes that work is only one part of our lives and making time for the other things in our life is important – be that our families, our friends or ourselves. So, if working from home, working part-time or having flexible start and finish time will help with this let us know as part of your application.

As well as rewarding you with competitive pay, WSP offers standard benefits including 25 days annual leave, pension schemes, life assurance, personal accident cover and paid professional subscriptions, and some not so standard benefits as part of our flexible benefits scheme – so if you would like to hop on a new bike (cycle to work scheme) or thrill the family with your Lego building skills (Discount at Legoland Windsor) – WSP can help!

Be you, be happy – we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximizes the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. VIBE (our LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group) and our Gender Balance Group work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable LGBT+ and female employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity for everyone.

Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender confirmation, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

In addition we support our people to achieve their personal health and well-being goals through our Thrive programme.

About us:

WSP is one of the world’s leading engineering professional services firms providing technical consultancy to the built and natural environment. We believe that for societies to thrive, we must all hold ourselves accountable for tomorrow. For us, that means creating innovative solutions to the challenges the future will bring to the communities and environments where we live and work across the UK.

We are locally dedicated and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, programme and construction management professionals. Our experts design lasting solutions in the property & buildings, transportation & infrastructure, environment, industry, resources (including mining, and oil & gas) and power & energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services. And safety and sustainability are embedded in everything that we do.

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Please note that WSP reserve the right to close this vacancy prior to the advertised closing date.