Principal/ Senior Environmental Scientist- Hydro Ecology

30 Mar 2017
11 May 2017
Full Time
Contract Type

Ricardo Energy & Environment is a leading sustainability consultancy combining energy, climate change, environmental and chemical risk expertise with strong IT and economics capability. Operating across the world, we work in partnership with our customers to help transform the way they work, empowering business leaders with award winning consultancy advice. With unrivalled sector insight and a reputation for producing innovative solutions, we offer a stimulating and rewarding environment in which to work.

Cascade is a business practice of Ricardo Energy & Environment, offering a comprehensive range of specialist services within the environmental consultancy sector. Nationally and internationally recognised for our expertise in planning and overseeing complex and sensitive projects, our skills have been utilised by a wide range of clients within the public and private sectors including the European Commission, government, water companies and developers.


Cascade has a strong project portfolio and we are looking for an experienced hydro-ecologist to join our team in Manchester. We are recruiting this role at either Prinicpal or Senior Consultant level, depending on the skillset and expereince of the individual. You will be involved in providing technical support on a variety of water management projects, including cutting edge R&D studies across a wide range of clients. You will be expected to manage some of your own projects as well as contribute as part of a wider team.

Key accountabilities:

Provide high level advice and technical input into hydro-ecological investigations.

Coordination, data presentation and report writing

Undertake, produce and technically review environmental assessments of various activities.

Lead small or less complex bids, including development of bid storyboard, methodology and presentation at interview. Developing follow-on work and new opportunities as they arise from existing work.

Project manage and coordinate studies.

Manage the technical work of more junior staff and sub-consultants, guided and supported by our technical leads.

Mentor more junior colleagues in all aspects of consultancy and liaise with others up to Director Level.

Key competencies and experience:

A sound understanding of habitat/ ecosystem physical environment pressures and ecological receptors requirements.

A degree in a relevant subject, such as Physical Sciences, Ecology or Biology and ideally a postgraduate degree.

Experience of taking the lead technically on complex hydro-ecological assessment such as used in Sustainability Reductions investigations; Water Framework Directive heavily modified waterbody mitigation assessments; appropriate assessments for HRA; significant infrastructure EIA, Flood Defence Consent and Marine Licensing

Full membership of CIWEM or similar professional body

Experience of planning and conducting field surveys, such as River Habitat Survey, River corridor Survey, hydraulic cross-section surveys, continuous water quality monitoring programmes and providing mitigation recommendations

A good understanding of the planning process, EIA and WFD compliance assessments

Experience of stakeholder communications and management.

Experience in the preparation of proposals and tenders

Experience of water resource management and drought planning would also be an advantage

Skills and behaviours:

Excellent team working skills together with strong communication skills and a close attention to detail

Enthusiastic and self-motivated to thrive in this busy and demanding environment.

Excellent report writing skills, including survey reports, Environmental Statement chapters, bid-writing skills and ability to give presentations at all levels.

Good IT skills in commonly used software, e.g. Microsoft Office, internet, email, GIS.

This is a fast-paced and challenging environment offering you the opportunity to make your mark. You will have support from the wider business for your career to develop into a wide range of future opportunities within Ricardo Energy & Environment.

In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive benefits package, a personal development plan, and the opportunity to make a difference in a challenging and rewarding field. Ricardo Energy & Environment is an equal opportunities employer.