Environmental Economist (AQSCONS-014)

  • Manchester
  • Letchworth
  • Edinburgh
  • Chester
  • Southampton
Looking for a new challenge? We have an exciting opportunity for you!

Salary commensurate with experience

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 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. In 2020 and beyond we will continue our plans for growth and innovation.


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 and social capital, to deliver a range of projects for the UK water and energy industries, and their environmental regulators. The purpose of the role will be to join our growing team to help continue APEMs drive for innovation through supporting the our natural and social capital service and to provide economic support to water industry projects as well as for a range of other clients such as regulators, businesses and NGOs. The role will require the application of economics tools (for example: cost-benefit analysis, natural capital accounting) and contributing to the development of new tools and approaches.

Key features of the this role will be supporting or managing a range of projects to ensure the delivery of high quality outputs within budget. This role will also require contributing to or leading the production of competitive tenders as well as supporting the creation new approaches to provide innovative and effective tools to better help deliver our clients needs. This could also entail helping with marketing either directly or through representing APEM at conferences.

You will be primarily office-based, although we offer flexibility for working from home and it is expected that you will also attend site visits and client meetings as required. There are excellent opportunities for career progression and development, and APEM will support you in becoming a leading figure in this field.

About you

 Either as lead or as part of a team, candidates must have experience of conducting economic analysis for a range of environmental projects across water, air, land, or renewable energy resources.

You will be an enthusiastic individual with good knowledge of  environmental economics and how it can be applied to different sectors. You will be an enthusiastic advocate of natural capital and similar approaches, looking to drive forward and develop new methods and tools with a drive to be a valuable expert in your field.

You will be qualified to a minimum of BSc. level in a relevant discipline, with evidence of experience preferably for water companies but knowledge of different sectors is an advantage. 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 context through experience of managing projects and dealing with people effectively and professionally. 

Required skills:

  • Typically 3-4 years’ professional experience
  • Experience of working in a commercial consulting environment
  • Knowledge of relevant UK legislation and natural capital approaches
  • Project management experience Tendering/proposal writing experience


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7 Old Field Rd
CF35 5LJ Bridgend Directions 01443 239 205


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


EH26 0PJ
EH26 0PJ Penicuik Directions 0131 526 3186


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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 income protection policy

  • Group personal pension scheme

  • Payment of professional membership fees

  • Private Medical Insurance & health cash plan

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