Senior Freshwater Consultant

A unique opportunity to join an established and growing team of freshwater ecology consultants in a highly successful and expanding environmental consultancy.

Competitive salary plus benefits

Deadline for applications: 17th May 2021

About APEM

We are APEM, a leading global environmental consultancy, specialising in terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecology, and aerial surveys.

APEM’s clients benefit from an integrated approach to the investigation and management of freshwater catchments and terrestrial and marine habitats, based on sound science and our collective experience. Our consultants are recognised experts in their fields, and as a company we pride ourselves on our commitment to scientific rigour and an excellent service in finding and providing solutions to our clients. Quality, innovation, and expert technical ability are often cited as the key reasons why clients return time after time for all their environmental consultancy needs.

People are the heart of APEM and form one of the building blocks of our strategic plan, for us, employing and retaining the best technical staff and consultants is paramount to our success.

We are proud to be an inclusive company and stand for equality for all. As such we welcome applications from all individuals regardless of race, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Our continued growth, from a small aquatic consultancy 35 years ago, to a leading global environmental consultancy hasn’t been dampened by the pandemic in 2020, and we have continued to grow and expand with further ambitious plans for 2021 and beyond.

About the role

APEM has a large and increasing portfolio of work in freshwater ecology and hydro-ecology. Projects include delivering the environmental components of water company water resource plans, drought plans and research commissions for the UK environmental regulators. Leading or providing senior level technical input to a wide range of projects, you will work as part of a team of aquatic scientists with cross-cutting expertise in freshwater ecology, hydrology, invasive non-native species, water quality, natural capital, environmental management, and data analytics. Typical projects are driven by the requirements of the Water Framework Directive and the Habitats Directive. Typical clients include the UK environment and conservation agencies, the water and energy industries and infrastructure developers.

As these are rapidly developing fields, it is an opportunity to develop new areas of work and to engage with clients to ensure that we provide the best service possible for their needs.

We are seeking a senior consultant with specific expertise relevant to one or more the following areas:

  • Freshwater ecology;
  • Hydro-ecology/water resource management.

About you

You should have at least four years’ relevant professional experience and an MSc or PhD in a relevant subject.

The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of policy and law covering water resource management in the UK and further afield, along with desk or field-based experience. Understanding water company operations and regulation is essential, along with experience designing freshwater monitoring and management programmes, and ecological impact assessment. Experience in delivering this work within commercial consultancy, industry or regulators will be highly desirable, alongside experience of tendering. Proficiency managing and analysing environmental data (using R, ArcGIS/QGIS, Excel, SQL and Python) is also desirable.

You will be required to work both independently and as a leader of project teams, and in addition to providing specialist technical input, you will be expected to communicate effectively to clients and within multi-disciplinary project teams. You will need to demonstrate your ability to apply your skills in a commercial consultancy environment through experience of managing projects and dealing with people effectively and professionally. In addition, you should be prepared to travel to attend meetings, site visits and carry out field work across the UK. A valid driving licence is therefore essential, along with excellent report writing and numerical skills and a proven ability to deliver projects on time and within budget.

Required skills:

  • Typically 3-4 years’ professional experience
  • Experience of working in a commercial consulting environment
  • Knowledge of relevant UK legislation
  • Excellent report writing and numerical skills
  • Project management experience
  • Proven ability to deliver projects on time and within budget
  • Tendering/proposal writing experience
  • A valid driving licence

(Reference: SFC-21-01)

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Apem Ltd
SK4 3GN Heaton Mersey, Stockport Directions 0161 442 8938 View page


  • 25 days holidays (increasing with length of service to 30 days)

  • Company bonus scheme

  • Company maternity, paternity & adoption pay

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Death in service insurance

  • Group Permanent Health Insurance

  • Group personal pension scheme

  • Payment of professional membership fees

  • Private Medical Insurance & health cash plan

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