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Mott MacDonald

2021 UK Industrial Placement: Water Resources and Flood Risk

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Our Leeds team are currently contributing to a wide range of projects including:

  • Flood alleviation schemes in Whalley, Leeds and Hebden Bridge- we are using flood models to help assess options to reduce flood risk from river to surface water flooding and to help prepare flood risk assessments to confirm that the proposed options do not increase flood risk elsewhere.
  • Designing a strategic approach to use of natural solutions to reduce flood risk to Leeds, by applying natural measures across the Aire catchment.
  • Environmental impact assessments to understand how new infrastructure, such as a road in Lancashire, will affect water resources and flood risk.
  • Catchment management approaches to dealing with tightened consents with phosphorus in discharge consents for a water company in northern England.
  • Supervision of the drilling of new water supply boreholes in the Midlands.

You will be supporting the team with a variety of tasks including:

  • Data Handling and analysis
  • Production of maps and figures for reporting purposes
  • Developing simple methodologies to undertake tasks
  • Hydrological and hydraulic analysis
  • Report writing
  • GIS manipulation of data
  • Site visits
  • Project administration

Candidate Specification

To join us for this industrial trainee placement you must currently be at University, studying Catchment Management, Hydrology or related degree.

You’ll be working with graduates, experienced professionals, and other students so a placement with us is the perfect opportunity to learn from a variety of people while understanding our values and culture. It’s also a great chance to get involved with real projects while gaining relevant experience.

This industrial placement offers a unique opportunity for a student to work on a part time basis alongside their studies. We are flexible on the number of hours worked, but ideally this would be 10-15 hours a week with regular slots on a week to week basis.

We anticipate that this work would contribute to your “Professional Development” module.

As well as having one of the specific degrees listed above, we are looking for students with the following characteristics:

  • A methodical approach to problem solving
  • The ability to use your initiative to undertake tasks efficiently and independently.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, which allow you to confidently liaise with clients and team members.
  • Excellent written communication and attention to detail with the ability to demonstrate accurate technical drawings and good report writing.

Equality, diversity and inclusion:

Equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are at the heart of our organisation. We promote equal opportunities and have several initiatives to create an inclusive workplace culture. Our dedicated inclusive recruitment page provides more information on our efforts and recognitions.

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to apply or attend an interview, please contact us and we will talk to you about how to help.

Flexible working:

We support our staff to create work-life balance which works for them and welcome candidates looking for career flexibility. We are open to discussing flexible working at interview stage.

Job Profile

We’re looking for a highly motivated student who is passionate about learning from our industry experts. You’ll be given the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working on some of the exciting projects that are helping to shape tomorrow’s world.

We understand that to put your learning into practice it’s important that you’re given an accurate insight in to our innovative industry. With enough work placement experience under your belt you can get just that. Think of it as a worthwhile investment towards your future career.

We place a lot of emphasis on giving you a realistic view of our world, so you can decide if it’s the industry you want to work in.

Many of the employees that we recruit for our graduate schemes are students that have made an impression during their placements with us, so remember, this could be the start of a promising career for you with Mott MacDonald.

Our social side

Being part of Mott MacDonald means more than just work, there’s a huge range of fun and exciting things that you can get involved in. From the moment you join us, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your social and professional network, whether it’s meeting other graduates at the graduate weekend residential course or joining forces with other members of staff from around the company at our annual sports day.

Each of our offices have a sports and social committee which will give you the chance to be part of a variety of sports, social and charity events. We’re committed to promoting a strong culture of social responsibility and encourage our staff to play active roles in the local community.

It's worth noting that sports and social committees tend to vary from office to office, so as well as getting involved in what’s already on offer, don’t be afraid to suggest new events or initiatives that you think could be a great addition.

It doesn’t stop there. As well as events, you’ll also have access to discounts on cinema tickets, travel, fashion, utilities and much more as part of our company benefits which you can take advantage of the moment you join.

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