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Graduate Hydrogeologist

Job/scheme locations: 
Basingstoke, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester (locations and requirements subject to change)
Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
Closing date: 

AECOM have an exciting opportunity for a Graduate Hydrogeologist.  
This is a fantastic opportunity to further your career by gaining valuable work experience within a specialist hydrogeological team in an established consultancy. 
Your work will cover a broad range of hydrogeological and water resources activities including groundwater resource evaluation and development, hydrogeological impact assessment of major infrastructure schemes such as mines and tunnels, and groundwater control and dewatering.  
You’ll work with other experienced members of the team who will guide you as you start working on live projects, including groundwater assessments for a variety of projects in the UK and overseas 
At AECOM our multidisciplinary water environment team includes specialists in hydrogeology, hydrology, hydromorphology, water quality and water resource management. Together, we work for a wide range of clients and projects including water companies, onshore oil and gas companies, private companies such as bottled water suppliers, and quarry operators. We are also involved in major ongoing projects such as Thames Tideway Tunnel and HS2 where the groundwater team provides specialist support.  
All members of our specialist groundwater resource team take an active role in client contact and commercial aspects of our projects. Health, safety and environmental considerations underpin everything that we do.   We are part of AECOM’s Environment business, which delivers environmental management services for feasibility, impact analysis and operational compliance as well as remediation, restoration and re-use of impacted property. 
AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organisations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. 

Job Responsibilities 

An integral part of your role will be report writing, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. You’ll also be involved in field work such as water feature surveys, borehole drilling supervision, pumping test supervision and monitoring.  
Your initial focus on gaining site experience will gradually transition into taking more responsibility for interpreting data and preparing reports.  
Your responsibilities will include:  

  • Site work, including collection of groundwater and surface water data and supervision of borehole drilling and testing
  • Collation, processing and analysis of data into existing and new databases
  • Use of specialist groundwater software, including AquiferWin32
  • Desk study evaluation of project hydrogeology and contributions to factual and assessment reports  
  • Preparation of graphical and GIS deliverables
  • Contributing to continued innovation and business development
  • Involvement with and support to the groundwater team and other disciplines such as hydrology, flood, geotechnics, contaminated land and ecology 

Job Requirements 

  • MSc or above in hydrogeology or similar
  • First degree in either Geochemistry, applied geology degree ie engineering/environmental geology, Geophysics, Geography, Earth Science, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Bioscience must have a focus on Hydrogeology  
  • Ability to conceptualise hydrogeological issues  
  • Self-motivation, enthusiasm, hard working with ambition and drive  
  • Excellent research and report writing skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, collaborating with colleagues, client and stakeholders as appropriate and independently without losing initiative & focus.
  • Ability to work flexibly under pressure, responding to changing project and programme demands.
  • Strong in numeracy
  • Ability to communicate effectively to internal and external clients, both verbally & in writing with the confidence to engage with a variety of people (clients, colleagues, stakeholders and sub-contractors alike) and the aptitude to rationally explain, explore and discuss technical issues and capture feedback
  • Good Microsoft Office skills essential such as Word, Excel & Powerpoint
  • Ability to structure & prioritise work effectively through close cooperation with the team as a whole
  • Strong attention to detail. 


  • Previous site experience or of working in a consultancy environment would be beneficial, including work placements or relevant voluntary experience.
  • Language skills  
  • Experience with office software, databases, GIS and modelling software
  • A full driving licence would be beneficial as the role will involve travel for site surveys often with equipment 


Our Graduate Development Programme (ADVANCE) 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. 
Professional Institutes you may work towards include the Chartered Institute for Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and Chartered Geologist (CGeol).

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