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Assistant Hydrogeologist

  • Job reference: IF-002778
  • Sector: Environment, Infrastructure, Water
  • Location: Birmingham
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SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s leading Design, Engineering and Project Management Consultancies. We have the breadth and depth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time critical infrastructure projects. 

We are currently looking to appoint a confident Assistant Hydrogeologist to join our Contaminated Land and Hydrogeology (CL&H) practice based in Birmingham. The vacancy is for someone who:
  • is confident working in a team and independently.
  • has proven experience of hydrogeology assessments and site investigation / monitoring;
  • combines excellent organisational, technical, numerical and communication skills to demonstrate logical thinking and concise reporting;
  • is highly motivated and proactive, with demonstrable energy, drive and enthusiasm; and
  • has an innovative nature with problem-solving skills.
The Contaminated Land & Hydrogeology (CL&H) Practice is a well-established, award winning, environmental and engineering practice with an extensive portfolio of regeneration and development projects and a highly skilled team winning numerous industry awards over the years. The successful candidate will be an important part of an innovative and technically excellent team helping deliver major projects. Atkins has a Geological Society Accredited training scheme specifically for hydrogeologists, demonstrating our commitment to staff development and training. Atkins also invests in our core technical disciplines with established technical networks for all aspects of hydrogeology which drive knowledge sharing, staff development and innovation across our practice and broader business.

Atkins’ hydrogeologists use the full range of their skills, working on water resources and land contamination projects as well as providing innovative solutions to engineering challenges. Our client and project base is highly diverse with current projects in the nuclear new build, oil and gas, regeneration and redevelopment and major road and rail sectors. We work on projects in the UK and around the world. 

  • Provide technical input and delivery of hydrogeological projects, including site investigation design and supervision, interpretation, development of robust conceptual site models, controlled waters risk assessments, numerical modelling and design reports.
  • Production and checking of complex groundwater models relating to groundwater flow, contamination transport and civil engineering challenges. 
  • Preparation of relevant Environmental Impact Assessment chapters for a wide range of projects. 
  • Work effectively as part of a team and with other professionals (environmental scientists, engineers, planners) to provide a consistent and integrated service to our clients. 
  • Maintain excellent professional relationships which will lead to and secure repeat business.


BSc in geology or other relevant subject (e.g. earth science or other science discipline) with 2.1 achievement or higher. 
MSc or PhD in hydrogeology or related subject.
Commitment to become chartered through a relevant professional body in the future.

  • A minimum of 1 year’s relevant post-graduate experience (ideally within a consultancy environment).
  • Experienced in preparing technical reports for qualitative and quantitative controlled waters risk assessment.
  • Knowledge of common analytical modelling packages such as P20, ConSim, and RAM, with further experience in numerical groundwater modelling including MODFLOW, FEFLOW as well as 2-D packages such as SEEP/W.
  • Experienced in supervising ground investigations, field hydraulic testing and interpretation of test data including managing health and safety requirements.
  • Excellent working knowledge and demonstrable understanding of the relevant legislation, technical guidance, industry standards and best practice.
  • Excellent communication skills and proven ability to manage time and work as part of a team as well as individual working. 
  • Experience in Engineering Hydrogeology and working on projects within the oil and gas or nuclear sectors would be desirable. 
  • Flexible and prepared to take on new challenges including willingness to travel and take part in overseas projects. 
  • Full UK driving licence.

Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents.  Atkins recognizes a range of career development paths and supports individuals to navigate through and across these providing opportunities that meet the most ambitious of aspirations.  We offer a certified training Academy to develop staff to achieve Chartership within their chosen technical career and a Professionals Programme to ensure senior staff continue to develop their expertise.  Staff development objectives are reviewed with individuals through an annual appraisal process, the outcome of which is a tailored and personal development plan for each member of our team.

Rewards and Benefits

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This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

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