Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Environmental Consultant – Contaminated Land

London. Multiple vacancies.

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For this opportunity, we welcome applications from individuals that are eligible to apply for/currently hold a Graduate visa. As appropriate, any offer we make will be conditional upon your visa application being approved.  

Launch your career with Arup:   

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today's built environment. Together we help our clients solve their most complex challenges – turning exciting ideas into tangible reality as we strive to find a better way and shape a better world. 

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Arup's innovative approach to environmental consulting enables clients to achieve their sustainable business and corporate responsibility aspirations. 
Our consultants offer a multidisciplinary service aimed at developing policy, optioneering, assessing impacts, creative design and implementation, supporting stakeholder engagement, gaining regulatory approvals, managing risk and controlling costs.

Are you interested in a career in Contaminated Land? 

Right now, we're looking for graduate consultants to join our London consulting team of bright and motivated professionals. As our consulting team offers a multidisciplinary service, we are looking for graduates with diverse skills and interests to join our Contaminated Land team. 

In your first year, you will have the opportunity to spend four months in two or more of our other environmental teams namely: Waste and Resources, Atmospheric Emissions, Impact Assessments, Ecology and Biodiversity, Historic Environment and Sustainability. This will provide invaluable opportunities for professional growth including developing a diverse range of technical skills, a wide support network and a good insight into our capabilities.  

From your first day you'll join an unrivalled community of experts, where you will be supported and mentored. You will be guided by a ‘buddy' who will help you to find your feet within the first few months of settling into Arup.  

We take professional development seriously, with frequent internal seminars and training and also access to external national training opportunities supporting you to progress towards a professional qualification (Chartership) early in your career with us.  

During your time in the Contaminated Land team, your day-to-day responsibilities as an Environmental consultant could include the following: 

  • Reviewing environmental and historical information;  
  • Assisting in the design and supervision of ground investigations, groundwater and ground gas monitoring and site reconnaissance visits; 
  • Analysis of ground investigation data and subsequent qualitative and quantitative risk assessments; 
  • Preparation of clear, well-structured and concise reports;
  • Supporting in the delivery of small scale projects including reviewing and managing budgets;
  • Use of Geographical Information Systems and other digital tools to model and present visual representations of site data;  
  • Planning your workload so that you can deliver on time or ahead of target; and 
  • Contributing to both statutory and non-statutory impact assessments, environmental strategies, corporate reporting and helping prepare documents for submission within the planning system.

During the periods of rotation within other teams, your day-to-day responsibilities will vary and could include the following:  

  • Coordinating environmental specialists to input into projects; 
  • Assisting in the design and undertaking of surveys; 
  • Data analysis of survey results; 
  • Support in internal research/skills network activities 
  • Support in preparation for meetings and workshops 
  • Preparation of bids and tenders; and,
  • Managing delivery and budgets on small scale projects.

The role will entail working closely with other Arup teams (e.g. other environmental specialists, planners, geotechnical and building engineers and infrastructure civil engineers) to deliver integrated multi-disciplinary consultancy services to a wide range of different clients.  

What are we looking for?  

We encourage our graduate consultants to demonstrate drive and motivation, to develop a thorough understanding of our sector, and a desire to effectively deliver an excellent technical service to our clients. With a busy, diverse team, we seek individuals who can work flexibly and respond to the needs of our clients. As such, we are looking for the following general qualifications, skills, and attributes in you: 

  • Minimum 2.1 Bachelor's degree or higher degree in Contaminated Land; Environmental Studies, Chemistry, Geology, Geography, Hydrogeology, or Civil, Environmental, or Chemical Engineering; 
  • Understanding of contaminated land, pollution, environmental engineering or brownfield development; 
  • Experience of Geographical Information Systems software (preferably ArcGIS); 
  • Adaptability and versatility to work across and with many environmental, engineering and design disciplines and changing priorities; 
  • Good planning and organisational skills; 
  • Enthusiasm for working out-of-doors from time to time; 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing and verbally; 
  • Strong reasoning and analytical skills; 
  • Demonstrate initiative and a creative approach to problem solving; 
  • The aptitude to work on your own initiative; 
  • Recognise the importance of client care including internal Arup clients, and your role in contributing towards it; 
  • Completed dissertation on contaminated land or pollution related topic (desirable); and 
  • Work experience within environmental consultancy or with site investigation works (desirable).

You must be available to start this opportunity in September 2022.

What we offer you:  

Beyond a great salary and stimulating, technically challenging work, Arup offers a range of additional benefits to its people.  

As a membership organisation, everyone shares in our success through a global profit share scheme. Our people also have access to a range of broader wellbeing benefits.  

You'll have access to lots of learning opportunities including a structured induction and ongoing training through Arup university.  

Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to utilise your technical expertise to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in the communities in which we live and work through Arup's community engagement programme.  

Next steps:  

Complete the application form, attaching any required documents. We'll be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. You are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in advance of the application deadline. Our assessment centres for this opportunity will take place from December 2021.  

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Opportunity Overview

  • October 22nd, 2021
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • London
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Chemical
  • Chemistry
  • Civil
  • Data Science
  • Energy
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnical
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Structural
  • Water/Hydrology

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