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Environmental Consultant (Contaminated Land & Hydrogeology)

  • Job reference: IF-002712
  • Sector: Environment, Infrastructure
  • Location: Epsom, Cambridge, London
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SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s leading engineering, design 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 individual to join our growing Contaminated Land & Hydrogeology (CL&H) Practice based in Epsom (although our London and Cambridge offices can also be considered)

The vacancy is for someone who:
  • is confident working in a team and independently; 
  • has proven experience of organisation and management (or assisting site management) on contaminated land site investigations and qualitative / quantitative risk assessment;
  • combines excellent organisational, technical, numerical and communication skills to demonstrate logical thinking and concise reporting;
  • has experience of liaison with clients and subcontractors;
  • is highly motivated and proactive, with demonstrable energy, drive and enthusiasm; and
  • has an innovative nature with problem-solving skills.
The CL&H Practice is a well-established, award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental and engineering practice with an extensive portfolio of regeneration and development projects. Our technical expertise and highly skilled team has been recently recognised at the Brownfield Briefing Awards (2018), winning awards for Best Digital Innovation in Brownfield, Best Urban Regeneration Project (with a second project Highly Commended), and Brownfield Project of the Year, as well as being highly commended in the Best Project Closure/Verification Process and Best Biodiversity Enhancement categories.

CL&H provides support to a number of the largest UK-based and international infrastructure projects; examples include Crossrail, eight2o, Thames Tideway, Humber Crossing, East West Rail and London 2012 legacy development. In addition, we work on a number of national frameworks with some of the UK’s most knowledgeable clients managing land contamination liabilities on complex and challenging brownfield sites. Our client and project base is highly diverse working with public and private sector clients on projects in the nuclear new build sector, oil and gas sector, regeneration and redevelopment of brownfield land, and major road, rail and aviation infrastructure projects.

As a member of our team you will be involved in range of office- and site-based projects, working with our experienced staff to deliver excellence to our clients, and will work closely with a wide range of other professionals to deliver holistic solutions to environmental and engineering problems. 

  • Organisation, collation and assessment of desk-based information as part of Phase 1 Desk Studies.
  • Developing conceptual site models, and undertaking qualitative and quantitative risk assessments for human health, controlled waters and property receptors, under guidance. 
  • Assisting in the design, organising and leading Phase 2 site investigation and monitoring works, including contractor supervision, soil logging, soil sampling, ground gas/vapour/groundwater/surface water monitoring/sampling, data management and sample scheduling, or supporting others in contractor management, liaison and supervision. 
  • Compliance with Health and Safety Policies and Procedures, including preparation of H&S Plans for site investigation and managing health and safety on site. 
  • Supervision of contractors on earthworks, remediation, demolition and materials management projects.
  • Supporting senior management with bid preparation and project management to ensure projects are delivered on-time, on budget and to quality and client expectations.
  • Working with the local and wider Atkins team in advancing local and national projects.
  • Developing own competence and maintain CPD necessary to fulfil the responsibilities of the role, with support from the business with training and development needs.



Degree qualified in a relevant science or engineering subject (e.g. geology, geotechnics, hydrogeology, chemistry, environmental science).
Masters qualified in a relevant specialism - preferred, but not essential.
Actively working towards Chartership with a relevant professional body.

Essential Criteria
  • Demonstrate good, relevant site characterization / land contamination / brownfield land experience in Phase 1 Desk Studies and Phase 2 site investigations/interpretative reporting.
  • Experience of supervising (or supporting with supervision of) intrusive ground investigations using a range of site investigation techniques.
  • Experience of technical report writing and ability to draft technical reports under guidance to an acceptable technical quality.
  • Knowledge and understanding of conceptual site models and the qualitative/semi-quantitative risk assessment process for controlled waters, human health and property receptors.
  • Familiarity with relevant codes of practice and industry standards, and broad understanding of environmental legislation.
  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout the UK for short term assignments.
  • Full UK driving licence.
Desirable Criteria
  • Relevant H&S training, e.g. CSCS, CITB Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme, HSG47 etc.
  • Familiarity with MMPs and the DoW Code of Practice.
  • Experience and knowledge of EIAs, due diligence and permitting.
Flexible Working

We welcome the opportunity to discuss a flexible working pattern and flexible working locations for this vacancy. For roles advertised under the category of flexible working we would encourage you to explore the flexible working options we are able to offer during the interview process. 


Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. Atkins recognises 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

Please refer to our website for details of our full benefits package. 

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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