Consultant Scientist

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: 20th June 2021

About the role

APEM has a large and increasing portfolio of work in freshwater ecology, hydro-ecology, water quality, natural capital and data analytics. Providing 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 candidates with desk-based experience in the following technical areas:

  • Hydro-ecology;
  • GIS and data management;
  • Water quality assessment, modelling and management;
  • Statistical analysis and modelling of large and complex environmental data sets;
  • Natural capital; and
  • Environmental water resource management e.g. environmental components of water company Drought Plans and Water Resource Management Plans;

Key features of the Consultant role will be management and analysis of numerical datasets and contribution to the production of high quality, technical reports that are focused on the needs of our clients. Working under the guidance of a technical lead, you will demonstrate initiative and attention to detail. You will be primarily office-based, although site visits and client meetings will be required. Excellent opportunities for career progression and development.

About you

You are an enthusiastic self-starter with a genuine interest in freshwater environments. You are qualified to a minimum of BSc. level in a relevant discipline, with evidence of experience relevant to the grade you are applying for. Whether you are an applicant with academic, regulatory, consultancy or third sector experience you will need to demonstrate your ability to apply your skills in a fast-paced commercial consultancy through project experience and dealing with people effectively and professionally.

Suitable candidates will be able to demonstrate up-to-date knowledge of relevant UK legislation (e.g. Water Framework Directive, Habitats Directive, the Agriculture Bill and Defra’s 25 Year Environment Plan).

Required skills:

  • Qualified to at least B.Sc level
  • Typically 1-2 years’ professional experience
  • Desk and/or field-based experience of some or all of the following technical areas: hydro-ecology; biological water quality assessment; environmental water resource management e.g. environmental components of water company Drought Plans and Water Resource Management Plans; water quality assessment and modelling; statistical analysis, data management and modelling of large and complex environmental data sets
  • Excellent data management and analysis skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Driving licence

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.

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  • 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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