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Environmental Consultant

  1. Leeds
  1. Environment & geoscience

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins Business is one of the world’s leading Design, Engineering and Project Management Consultancies. We have the breadth and depth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time critical infrastructure projects.

We are currently looking to appoint a confident individual to join our growing Contaminated Land and Hydrogeology (CL&H) practice based in our Leeds office. The vacancy is for someone who:

• is confident working in a team and independently;

• proven experience of contaminated land site investigation and qualitative / semi-quantitative risk assessment;

• combines excellent organisational, technical, numerical and communication skills to demonstrate logical thinking and concise reporting;

• is highly motivated and proactive, with demonstrable energy, drive and enthusiasm; and

• has an innovative nature with problem-solving skills.

The CL&H Practice is a well-established, award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental and engineering practice with an extensive portfolio of regeneration and development of brownfield sites.  We have a highly skilled team providing support to a number of the largest UK-based and international infrastructure projects. In addition, we work on a number of national frameworks with some of the UK’s most knowledgeable clients managing land contamination liabilities on complex and challenging brownfield sites. Our client and project base is highly diverse working with public and private sector clients on projects in the nuclear new build sector, oil and gas sector, regeneration and redevelopment of brownfield land, and major road, rail and aviation infrastructure projects. 

As a member of our team you will be involved in range of office- and site-based projects, working with our experienced staff to deliver excellence to our clients, and will work closely with a wide range of other professionals to deliver holistic solutions to environmental and engineering problems.


  • Organisation, collation and assessment of desk-based information as part of Phase 1 Desk Studies.
  • Data management, development of conceptual site models, and undertaking qualitative and semi-quantitative risk assessments for human health, controlled waters and property receptors. Preparation and delivery of factual and interpretative reporting.
  • Assisting in design of Phase 2 site investigations and preparation of commercial offers.
  • Organising and supervising environmental / geoenvironmental site investigation and monitoring, including contractor supervision, soil sampling and ground gas/vapour/leachate/groundwater and surface water monitoring/sampling and/or supervising or supporting others in contractor management, liaison and supervision.
  • Compliance with Health and Safety Policies and Procedures, including preparation of H&S Plans for site investigation and managing health and safety on site.
  • Supervision of contractors on earthworks, remediation, materials management projects, etc.
  • Management of own work and projects, including technical delivery, management of finances, and programme delivery. 
  • Supporting senior management with bid preparation and project management to ensure projects are delivered on-time, on budget and to quality and client expectations.
  • Developing own competence and maintain CPD necessary to fulfil the responsibilities of the role, with support from the business with training and development needs.


  • A minimum of 1 year’s relevant post-graduate experience (ideally within a consultancy environment), able to demonstrate a good understanding of land contamination/brownfield land issues.
  • Experience of supervising intrusive ground investigations using a range of site investigation techniques.
  • Experience of technical report writing and ability to draft technical reports under guidance to an acceptable technical quality.
  • Knowledge and understanding of conceptual site models and the qualitative/semi-quantitative Phase 1 and Phase 2 risk assessment process for controlled waters, human health and property receptors.
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant codes of practice and industry standards and have broad understanding of environmental legislation.
  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout the UK and work on short term assignments overseas.
  • Degree qualified in a relevant engineering or science subject (e.g. geology, geotechnics, hydrogeology, chemistry, environmental science), with master’s degree in relevant specialism preferred (but not essential)
  • Experience of working on former coal gasification / gasworks or high voltage electricity distribution sites would be desirable
  • Membership of a relevant professional body would be desirable.  
  • Full UK driving licence and ability to drive for work is essential.


Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents.  Atkins recognises a range of career development paths and supports individuals to navigate through and across these providing opportunities that meet the most ambitious of aspirations.  We offer a certified training Academy to develop staff to achieve Chartership within their chosen technical career.  Staff development objectives are reviewed with individuals through an annual appraisal process, the outcome of which is a tailored and personal development plan for each member of our team.
Rewards and Benefits

Please refer to our website for details of our full benefits package.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

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