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The Water & Environment (W&E) division of Atkins is concerned with the sustainable use of our land and water resources. We provide professional technical expertise to local, national and global markets across planning, master-planning, landscape and heritage, geotechnics and tunnelling, land remediation and hydrogeology, waste management, water management and water utilities, air quality, noise and acoustics, environmental and sustainability management.

We deliver our business through five business areas:

  1. Environmental & Water Management
  2. Ground Engineering / Tunnelling
  3. Land & Development
  4. Water Operations
  5. Environment Planning

For more information on the kind of projects that the W&E division have been involved in please follow the link below and select the WATER, ENVIRONMENT, GROUND ENGINEERING or MARINE & COASTAL options.

As a Graduate joining the W&E business you will have the opportunity to contribute towards exciting projects from an early stage in your Atkins career. You will be given every opportunity to progress your career within your chosen discipline whilst working alongside some of the most respected Consultants and Engineers within the Water and Environment sectors.

If you know which of the Atkins W&E business areas you would like to work in then you will find details of each business's 2014 vacancies below. Please make reference to your preferred business area within the Application Form.

If you aren't sure which of the Atkins W&E businesses you want to work in, but you are sure that you want to work within the Water or Environment sector, then please use the application form to tell us about your career aspirations and the areas of your studies that have interested you. The Atkins Recruitment Team will then discuss your application with the appropriate W&E business areas.

The remainder of this document contains details of each business areas 2014 graduate vacancies. If you have any queries then please contact:

Environmental & Water Management
What do we do?

The Environmental and Water Management business supports our clients with any development or activity that has a potential impact on or benefit to the environment; including ports and harbours, power stations, coastal and river defences, dams & hydraulic structures and water resources.

We work for water companies, regulators, private industry, research bodies and a range of international funding institutions to provide a wide range of services including:
  • Business and asset planning for water & waste companies and the Environment Agency;
  • Feasibility studies for water resource projects, dams and river/coastal defences;
  • Environmental impact assessments and environmental statements in support of project development (including hydrology, hydrogeology, water quality, geomorphology and ecology);
  • Business cases for dams, river defences, ports and the like;
  • Capital programme management
  • Environmental and licence compliance
  • Technical and environmental due diligence for transactions in the water, waste, power and utilities sectors;
  • Climate impacts and climate change assessments;
  • Floods forecasting and warning;
  • Water resource master plans;
  • Dams safety work; and
  • Land management.

Our experts command an excellent industry reputation in delivering tailor-made solutions for clients across the UK and internationally. Our focus is on developing environmental, technological, operational and commercial strategies with our clients; assessing the impact of human activity on the environment; and helping our clients optimise the management of their assets to minimise their impact on the environment.

What are our 2014 Graduate Recruitment Requirements?

Following significant success in securing forward work programmes our Strategy Assessment & Management (SAM) team has graduate / post-graduate level vacancies in our Epsom office. The SAM team operate at the interface between human activity and the water environment. They are leaders in providing integrated and innovative, technical and management solutions for our greatest water and environment challenges.

Candidates should hold or be expected to achieve a degree classification of 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in the Environmental or Natural Sciences, Mathematics or Civil Engineering and preferably have a relevant post-graduate qualification. You must be numerate, have an eye for detail and enjoy solving challenging environmental problems.

The Rivers and Coastal team have vacancies in Bristol, Epsom, Glasgow, Peterborough and Warrington. We are ideally looking for Graduates who have a Masters level degree in Civil or Mechanical Engineering, Geography or a related discipline, or Graduates who have gone on to achieve an MSc in a Water/Environment related subject.

The Dams team have vacancies in Epsom and are looking for graduates who have a degree in Civil Engineering, Hydrology, Geotechnical Engineering or a related discipline. To be considered for the Dams team applicants should be able to demonstrate a specific interest in dams and hydraulics/hydrology.

Ground Engineering / Tunnelling
If you have an interest in Ground Engineering then you might want to look at our separate Geotechnical Engineering vacancy (GR13 - Geotechnical Engineering Graduate Development Programme). This vacancy can be found by searching for job number GR - XXXX on the Atkins Graduate website.

What do we do?

Ground Engineering is one of the most exciting and demanding sectors in Civil and Environmental Engineering. It encompasses disciplines such as, engineering geology, geotechnical engineering and tunnel engineering. The services of qualified professionals in these disciplines are in great demand in the design and construction of new and innovative infrastructure (such as mass transit systems, tunnelling and power supply), geohazards, underground storage and carbon capture and offshore geotechnics. There is also an increasing requirement for such areas of expertise as the world responds to a changing future with its emphasis on the energy sector, 'low carbon', sustainability and greater management of resources.

The Atkins Ground Engineering Academy offers a structured graduate training programme and career path for Graduates wishing to pursue a career in ground engineering. We currently have Graduate opportunities in our Engineering Geology, Geotechnical and Tunnelling Group.

What are our 2014 Graduate Recruitment Requirements?

The Ground Engineering Team are looking to recruit graduates from Geotechnical Engineering, Soil Mechanics, Engineering Geology, Civil Engineering or related degree disciplines. Preference will be given to candidates who have Masters level qualifications or equivalent.

The Tunnelling Team are looking to recruit graduates from Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related degree disciplines. Preference will be given to candidates who have Masters level qualifications or equivalent.

We currently have opportunities in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Epsom, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Warrington.

Land & Development
What do we do?

The Land & Development division provides a range of multidisciplinary skills for land development projects in the UK and overseas. We offer engineering and environmental solutions across a whole host of market sectors including; urban development and regeneration; energy generation, transmission and distribution; oil, gas and nuclear industries; heavy industries including cement, steel and mining; defence and aerospace; water and waste management; airports, highways and rail infrastructure.

Land & Development delivers projects in three main market sectors:
  • Land Development - enabling the development of land through infrastructure design, geo-environmental engineering and contaminated land remediation; environmental impact assessment and development of environmental mitigation design; bringing Brownfield and Greenfield sites forward for redevelopment by taking projects through the planning/consenting process to construction.
  • Energy and Waste - environmental management and remediation for the Oil & Gas industry; dealing with the legacy issues associated with energy generation including decommissioning and environmental rehabilitation; permitting and consenting for power generation, transmission and distribution; waste strategy and engineering services including Energy from Waste; advisory services related to carbon management climate change.
  • Transportation - environmental and engineering design for the rail, highways and aviation sectors; specialist services in drainage design, air quality management, acoustics, noise & vibration.

In leading on land and development projects, we have created an international capability to handle liability and compliance issues for global corporate and financial institutions, much of which is centred on land as an asset.

What are our 2014 Graduate Recruitment Requirements?

The Land & Development team are recruiting civil engineering Graduates for our Birmingham, Bristol, London, Newcastle or Telford offices.

The roles are to join our teams working in the Land Development, Waste and Energy sectors providing highways, drainage and utilities engineering designs as well as the delivery of multi-disciplinary civil and structural engineering projects.

Water Operations
What do we do?
The Water Operations business area works with water companies in the UK and overseas, supporting their capital and operational projects and programmes.

Our consultancy skills span the water cycle and management of the whole asset life cycle. Our staff are mainly engineers and scientists with capability in water treatment, service reservoirs distribution networks, pumping stations, pipelines, sewage and sludge treatment, sewerage networks, and outfalls. The group can take a project from its earliest inception and master planning through to full construction and commissioning supervision.

Our core business in the UK is heavily regulated and we work closely with our clients to help meet the demands placed on them to make it an efficient and effective industry, providing solutions steeped in value, technical excellence and class-leading health, safety and environmental leadership.

What are our 2014 Graduate Recruitment Requirements?

The Water Operations business has vacancies in Belfast, Derby, Epsom, Glasgow, Peterborough and Warrington. The vacancies will suit graduates from the following backgrounds:

Civil Engineering, Chemical/Process Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.

The Mechanical, Engineering and Process (MEP) team are part of the Water Operations Team and are recruiting graduates in Epsom, Bristol and Peterborough. For more information on this vacancy please search for the below vacancies on the Atkins Graduate website and apply via one of these vacancies:

GR- 000XXX Mechanical Engineering GDP
GR- 000XXX Chemical / Process Engineering GDP

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