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Infrastructure - Environment Placements (2018) ( ROLE CLOSED)

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We deliver innovative solutions to some of the biggest environmental challenges of our time. So, we’re looking to develop the skills of the industry experts of the future. Our specialisms include geo-environmental engineering, contaminated land, waste management, air quality, environmental impact assessments and urban design. This means varied careers for our environmental scientists, ecologists, hydrogeologists and acousticians.

We offer a world of opportunities from the projects you’ll work on to the directions you can take your career in. Whatever your ambitions, we’ve a role to match your passion and degree.

What you’ll be doing

Our industry leading Infrastructure Academy is the ideal place to start your career. At its heart, being in the academy will mean you are part of a dynamic technical community with access to the latest thinking and developments in your field. We’ll support you and help you achieve your professional experience that will add value to your studies.

Learning alongside business leaders, you’ll get involved with activities in one of these specialist teams:

Contaminated Land & Hydrogeology - Birmingham and Epsom

The Contaminated Land and Hydrogeology Practice is a well-established multi-disciplinary environmental and engineering practice with an extensive portfolio of projects.  We have several national frameworks and have considerable experience working with numerous local authorities on due diligence and peer review projects and private clients/developers on the investigation, assessment, remediation and redevelopment of brownfield land. We are looking for highly motivated undergraduates to work with colleagues on risk assessments, brownfield land regeneration, regulatory engagement, project management and to help deliver the high standard of geo-environmental consultancy services for which we are renowned. We are also seeking Hydrogeologists to support the remediation of contaminated land and groundwater and surface water supply projects.

Ecology – Birmingham, Epsom and Warrington

Our award-winning ecology experts combine technical excellence with a pragmatic approach. Biodiversity and our clients benefit from our innovations. Our clients, both in the UK and worldwide, include national and local governments, leading developers, transport, energy and water providers and international funding agencies. The dynamic and influential relationship between our ecology team and our engineering, planning and design colleagues provide exceptional opportunities for undergraduate ecologists to develop both their technical and commercial skills.

Water Management Consultancy – Epsom, Oxford and Warrington

Operating at the interface between people and the water environment, we work with our clients in providing innovative research and advisory services. Our data analytics, modelling and robust decision ensure delivery of integrated solutions that provide long term sustainability and resilience in a changing world. Our key services include: regulation and assurance; strategic asset management; water resources and water quality planning; hydrogeology and hydrology; integrated catchment management; aquatic ecology, hydromorphology and river restoration; climate futures and resilience; flood risk assessments and modelling; coastal and marine environmental management; environmental and economic appraisal.

In our Epsom or Oxford office, you will have the opportunity to develop experience in hydrology (flood flow estimation), flood economics (using both national and local approaches), hydraulic and integrated catchment modelling, flood risk assessment and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Typical projects will include; Flood Risk Assessments, Flood Management Strategies, Flood risk management options identification and appraisal, Hydrological and Hydraulic Modelling Studies and Reservoir Flood Studies/Dam Breach Assessments.

In our Warrington office, you will have the opportunity to develop experience in water resource, water quality and environmental management work in the UK and overseas. Typical projects will include; Water Quality and Monitoring Assessments, Catchment Risk Assessments (including Drinking Water Safety Plans), appraisal of water resources options, assessment of drought impacts on water resources, Hydro-ecological impact assessments (including EIA’s) and Environmental Monitoring Plans.



Miriam is an Environmental Scientist within the Infrastructure division. Here she is talking about her experience at Atkins, in her own words, with her own camera!

Who we’re looking for

  • Talented undergraduates working towards a degree in environmental science, ecology, flood risk, hydrology, geology, hydrogeology, or a relevant scientific or design discipline
  • For Summer placements, you must be available to commit to a 8-12 week placement, and following this placement return to full time education
  • For Year in Industry placements, you must available to commit to a 10-12-month placement, and following this placement return to full time education
  • Confident working on your own initiative and as part of multidisciplinary teams
  • A good communicator who can collaborate with a variety of colleagues and become a trusted customer adviser
  • Someone who can analyse problems, create innovative solutions and make sound decisions in a competitive and commercial environment
  • Keen attention to detail and the drive to keep on learning

Where you’ll be based

Contaminated Land and Hydrogeology (CLAH) – Birmingham and Epsom
Ecology – Birmingham, Epsom and Warrington
Water Management Consultancy – Epsom, Oxford and Warrington

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Rewards & Benefits

Atkins offers a competitive salary which will be discussed with you at offer stage. You can find out more details about our rewards and benefits click here. 

How to apply

Our deadline for applications is 18th December 2017.  Some of our programmes are incredibly popular, to avoid disappointment (where some roles may close earlier) we recommend you apply as soon as possible.
For further details on our recruitment process please click here.

Applications for this role have now closed.

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