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Freshwater Consultant (AQSCONS-012)

  • Letchworth
  • Edinburgh
  • Chester
  • Southampton
Are you an enthusiastic self-starter with a genuine interest in freshwater environments? Come and work with a dynamic team of highly experienced aquatic environmental scientists!

Salary: competitive plus benefits

Deadline for applications: 21st October

About APEM

APEM Limited is Europe’s largest specialist aquatic environmental consultancy. With over 30 years’ experience, we offer our clients an integrated approach to every aspect of the investigation and management of freshwater catchments and marine habitats and operate UK wide and internationally. 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 providing solutions to our clients.

So far 2019 has been a big year for APEM. We have been awarded Water Industry Consultant of the Year and we completed a management buyout. We are heading for a new record turnover and are pushing forward into a number of new areas as well as expanding our teams in our traditional areas.


About the role

You will work within a dynamic team of aquatic environmental scientists with cross-cutting expertise in ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, water quality, fisheries and natural capital, to deliver a range of projects for the UK water and energy industries, and their environmental regulators.

We are seeking candidates with desk-based experience in 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;
  • Invasive-Non Native Species;
  • Statistical analysis, data management and modelling of large and complex environmental data sets.

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 will be an enthusiastic self-starter with a genuine interest in freshwater environments. You will be 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


Desirable skills:

  • A relevant higher degree
  • An understanding of key UK environmental legislation


Oxford, Cambridge, Stockport, Letchworth, Edinburgh, Chester and Southampton
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68J Innovation Dr
OX14 4RT Abingdon Directions 01235 824 840


71 Regent St
CB2 1AB Cambridge Directions 01223 346 809


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


Works Road
SG6 Letchworth Garden City Directions 01462 677 502


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EH26 0PJ Penicuik Directions 0131 526 3186


Hawarden Airport
CH4 0GZ Saltney Ferry Directions 01244 520 460


SO14 0DA Southampton Directions


  • 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 personal pension scheme

  • Payment of professional membership fees

  • Private Medical Insurance & health cash plan

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