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AECOM’s nationwide Ecology team is expanding and we’re looking to recruit a Graduate Aquatic Ecologist to help us develop innovative solutions in a working environment that’s collaborative, stimulating and demanding.

To be successful in this role you’ll need to be ambitious team player with a strong aptitude for client care and project delivery. We’re looking for someone who is self-reliant, thrives on challenges and is happy to work closely with colleagues in other disciplines.

You’ll be supporting the delivery of consultancy and advisory services – to a high level of technical quality, to programme, and to budget. You will operate ethically and with integrity, while prioritising safety and security in all that you do.


Ecology is part of AECOM’s Environment business which provides environmental management services for feasibility, impact analysis and operational compliance as well as remediation, restoration and re-use of impacted property.

Job Summary

Job Title: Aquatic Graduate Ecologist

Business Line: Environment & Buildings + Places

Locations: Leeds, United Kingdom

Salary: Competitive

Opening Date: 27 November – please as soon as possible since we review CVs and select candidates on a rolling basis


  • Processing aquatic freshwater invertebrate samples in the laboratory, developing the skills to analyse to family / species level and estimating abundance
  • Organising and undertaking benthic macroinvertebrate surveys in freshwaters
  • Assisting with fieldwork and sample collection (potentially macroinvertebrate, phytobenthos, fisheries, water quality etc) for freshwater projects when required
  • Assisting with data entry, analysis and processing (potentially macroinvertebrate, phytobenthos, water quality etc) for freshwater projects
  • Contributing to survey reports and ecological appraisals which are produced to a high technical standard and within agreed deadlines
  • Liaising with project managers and clients
  • Undertaking other tasks to support the wider environmental business


Our Graduate Development Programme (GDP) along with our huge scope of projects across the globe will challenge and inspire you to make a real difference to the world we live in. Our GDP forms a core part of our business strategy globally, designed to develop the best talent across numerous disciplines to lead our business into the future. We have more than 750 graduates on our programmes across the UK and Ireland from more than 40 different disciplines, each making a tangible difference to the environment in which we live and work.

We’ll provide you with all the tools and support you need to achieve your professional development ambitions, including Chartership with the relevant international professional institution (we have graduates working towards more than 30 professional institutions in the UK and Ireland). We’ll push you to achieve the highest standards and expect our graduates to pass their professional review first time. You will be assigned a mentor to support and guide your development, and you will take regular training modules throughout the programme. There’ll be on-the-job technical development and classroom training where required, and the opportunity to work on live client projects with significant multi-disciplinary exposure.

Minimum Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Qualified to degree level in a relevant subject

with previous experience in an freshwater aquatic ecology role

  • Higher degree in Aquatic Ecology or related discipline would be an advantage, as would previous commercial and / or regulatory experience
  • Taxonomic skills

Marine applicants will be considered ONLY if they have freshwater macroinvertebrate skills

Specific Skills Required:

Supporting the delivery of existing and new contracts for the collection and analysis of freshwater macroinvertebrate samples and other aquatic surveys, including fish, crayfish, macrophytes, River Habitat Survey etc

  • Working as part of a network of AECOM ecologists across the UK and Ireland
  • Communicating effectively with your line manager, project managers, clients, project teams and other members of the ecology team, within projects and with clients by telephone, email, letters and reports
  • Compliance with internal business management procedures, including in relation to health and safety and technical quality of all advice and outputs
  • Building and maintaining both internal and external client relationships, including providing urgent ecological response and / or advice face to face, by phone or email
  • Collaborating with colleagues in the Environment & Ground Engineering and Power & Energy groups on multi-disciplinary projects
  • Opportunities to assist with a wider range of terrestrial ecology surveys
  • Assisting with other administrative duties which add value to the management and development of the ecology team
  • Strong behavioral competencies with respect to client care, collaborative working, personal responsibility, decision-making, and teamwork

Preferred Qualifications

  • Member of CIEEM, IFM, CIWEM or similar professional body or eligible to qualify for this status
  • Water Safety Training
  • First Aid qualification
  • Licensed to drive a vehicle in the UK (this role requires transportation of equipment to sites)

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future . Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Vacation Student / Internship / Graduate

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 224960BR

Clearance Required No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.