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Water and Environment – Environmental Science – Job Description

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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.

The following business areas are recruiting for graduates from an Environmental Science (or related) discipline:

  1. Land and Development
  2. Environmental & Water Management

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 recruiting for 2014. If you have any queries then please contact:

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

Land & Development delivers projects in three main market sectors:

  • Land Development – enabling the development of land through infrastructure design, geoenvironmental
    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 &

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 Graduates for Birmingham, Bristol, Epsom, Glasgow,
London and Warrington offices.

The opportunities would suit graduates who want to specialise in Geo-environmental Engineering,
Contaminated Land, Hydrogeology, Waste, Air Quality, Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Emissions,
Noise and Acoustics, and environmental impact assessment associated with pollution and industrial
emissions. These positions will ideally suit graduates who come from an Environmental Science,
Hydrogeology, Geology, Acoustics, Chemistry, Physics or related scientific degree discipline.

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 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.

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