At Jacobs, we’ll inspire and empower you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow.  With more than 55,000 people in 40 countries, working at Jacobs offers an exciting range of opportunities to develop your career within a supportive and diverse team who always strive to do the right thing for our people, clients and communities.

People are Jacobs’ greatest asset, and we offer a competitive package to retain and attract the best talent.

In addition to the benefits you’d expect, UK employees also receive free single medical cover and digital GP service, family-friendly benefits such as enhanced parental leave pay and free membership of employee assistance and parental programmes, plus reimbursement towards relevant professional development and memberships. We also give back to our communities through our Collectively program which incorporates matched-funding, paid volunteering time and charitable donations.


Work-life balance and flexibility is a key focus area for Jacobs. We’re happy to discuss hybrid, part-time and flexible working hours, patterns and locations to suit you and our business.


About the opportunity:

The aquatic ecology team are part of the 2400 strong Water and Environment group, supporting clients across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Working as part of large multidisciplinary teams, our team deliver environmental monitoring programmes, support planning applications, undertake consenting and advisory roles and post project appraisal of a wide range of projects. We are currently delivering a number of high profile national infrastructure developments, power, water and transport infrastructure projects, national flood defence and restoration schemes. Jacobs are a globally respected and ambitious organisation, ranked No. 1 and largest UK environmental consultant (Environmental Analyst, 2021 & 2022) and Large Consultancy of the Year (Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, 2021) with extensive aquatic environmental survey capability and capacity. With over 180 ecologists nationally, Jacobs has a strong sector presence.

The aquatic ecologist role requires you to bring experience of surveying in freshwater and marine environments. Ideally you will bring experience in a taxonomic discipline (such as fish, invertebrates, plants or plankton) or a willingness to learn. You will need to be an advocate for good Health and Safety processes and sufficiently organised to plan and deliver a range of aquatic surveys.  Many of our projects are long-term monitoring projects therefore you will also be required to work with large data sets and be proficient at technical report writing. We are looking to recruit 2 positions across our southern England offices (London, Reading, Bristol or Cardiff). The role will require a mixture of hybrid working flexibility to travel for survey work and a requirement to spend time within a team environment in a core office is essential. There will be the opportunity to work alongside our taxonomic specialists in our laboratory in Southampton.

We are looking for curious individuals that bring diverse thought and a willingness to challenge the accepted. In return we will empower you to work on complex and innovative projects, consider new ways of doing things differently and add value to creative client solutions. We actively support the professional development of staff, through our Global Career Framework, Chartership Academy Programme, Employee Networks and our Communities of Practice networks, which connect us to over 600 Jacobs ecologists globally.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A background in an aquatic ecology discipline with relevant industry experience
  • Experience in the delivery of aquatic (freshwater or marine) ecology surveys in UK environments
  • Ideally experience of taxonomy and analysis of ecological samples in a laboratory setting
  • Data analysis, interpretation and technical report writing
  • Flexible approach to working, with travel required across the UK and Ireland
  • Inquisitiveness and willingness to learn
  • A ‘hands on’ work ethic and good self-awareness
  • Ability to adapt to working on a wide range of projects