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Senior Hydrogeologist

  1. United Kingdom, Peterborough, Birmingham, Epsom
  1. Environment & geoscience, Water

Senior Hydrogeologist

Location options: Birmingham, Epsom, Oxford, Peterborough

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies and together, we have over 50,000 employees worldwide. At Atkins, we offer more than just a job. We offer an opportunity to make a difference and shape the world to benefit future generations and the natural environment.

As part of this commitment, we understand the need for a diverse and flexible workforce, where a work-life balance is important. So, by default Atkins offers flexible working.  Similarly, Atkins’ corporate social responsibility provides the opportunity to give something back to the community, and we run professional networks supporting groups such as local schools, charities, parents, those coming out of the armed-forces and women in engineering.

Our Water Management Consultancy team operates at the interface between people and the water environment. Our key services cover all aspects of water management including: hydrogeology and hydrology, aquatic ecology, hydromorphology and river restoration, water resources and water quality planning, climate futures and resilience, integrated catchment management, regulation and assurance, strategic asset management, flood and coastal erosion risk management, coastal and marine environmental management, natural capital assessment and economic appraisal.

Following significant successes in securing forward work programmes in water resources management, environmental and major infrastructure projects, we have a vacancy for an enthusiastic and ambitious individual with substantial existing experience and skills in hydrogeology and groundwater management. This vacancy is for a Senior Hydrogeologist position in Epsom, Oxford, Birmingham or Peterborough.

We are looking for someone with excellent communication and analytical skills who is keen to work within a high achieving team environment. You should have the drive, initiative and focus on quality to get things done to a high standard with minimal supervision. You should hold a post-graduate qualification in hydrogeology or a related subject and have substantial relevant experience within consultancy, water company or regulatory fields, ideally within the UK, or of UK hydrogeology research in academia. You must be numerate, have an eye for detail and enjoy solving challenging hydrogeological / hydrological problems.

We have a friendly and approachable team which has an excellent reputation across a range of clients.

You will be expected to work as part of this team delivering a range of projects relating to groundwater and surface water supply, strategic planning, resource optimisation and environmental assessment in the UK and potentially overseas.   


We are looking for experienced, enthusiastic, flexible self-starters capable of both independent and team working to resolve complex technical challenges and who are keen to develop their skills.

Mandatory requirements:

First degree in science, engineering or mathematics

Post-graduate qualification in hydrogeology or a related subject

Chartered with a relevant professional body (e.g. with the Geological Society, ICE or CIWEM).

Substantial demonstrable experience as a hydrogeologist within consultancy, water company, regulatory or academic fields.

An understanding of UK hydrogeology and of the environmental and regulatory framework of UK water management

Excellent report-writing and numerical skills including significant experience of working with spreadsheets

Excellent interpersonal skills, with the potential to engage and influence at all levels and to work effectively within multidisciplinary teams, as well as individually

Experience in leading projects through the project life-cycle of problem definition, data collection, analysis, interpretation and drawing succinct conclusions and recommendations

Fluent in written and spoken English

A valid UK driving licence

A legal right to work in the UK without company sponsorship

Desirable requirements:

Skills in GIS, computer programming, groundwater and surface water modelling would be an advantage

Availability to travel across the UK and occasionally overseas


You will:

Undertake a variety of both office- and field-based projects across the UK and potentially overseas 

work in an integrated team of water resources and environmental specialists and be responsible for helping to deliver projects to the highest standard

lead and provide technical input to a variety of projects covering all aspects of water resources hydrogeology and hydrology including borehole design and pumping test analysis, groundwater flow modelling, deployable output assessment and water resource planning, environmental assessment, catchment management and water quality assessment and modelling

plan, lead and undertake field monitoring programmes and investigations. These may include supervision of drilling contractors and hydrogeological, hydrological and water quality monitoring. All will require appropriate attention to health and safety and environmental management requirements

support, and at times lead, work-winning activities

be expected to demonstrate effective time management and to lead and/or deliver delegated tasks to specified deadlines and within budget

work collaboratively across Atkins and SNC Lavalin businesses helping to cross-sell Atkins’ services

The Individual

Focused on achieving and delivering quality and technical excellence

Able to apply technical knowledge in analysing problems and finding solutions to new challenges

Able to review evidence and produce succinct, accurate and timely summaries

Able to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team, as well as individually for discrete tasks

Highly motivated, proactive, and drive for continuous development

What we offer

Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements


Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. These are reviewed with individuals through an annual appraisal process. We actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions such as IEMA, RTPI, LI, ICE, CIEEM, and CIWEM.

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 recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements

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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