Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Consultants, Impact Assessment

Cork or Galway (Republic of Ireland). Multiple vacancies.

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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. A Fortune 500 firm, see how we deliver what others can only imagine at @AECOM. 

AECOM - Who We Are

AECOM is a collaborative force of world-class innovators, ideators, and visionaries, on a journey to transform our world for the better.

We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of efforts to address the key issues facing society, including decarbonising infrastructure and achieving net zero, reversing the decline in biodiversity, tackling the housing crisis and promoting community wellbeing.

IAPA projects include large-scale renewables, electricity and gas transmission, commercial and residential development, high-profile transport infrastructure, marine and coastal development, minerals extraction and waste management, and evidence to inform the preparation of spatial and land use plans.

Job Responsibilities 

When you start with AECOM, we will pair you with a senior member of the team who will guide and mentor you through your initial period of working on live projects and business development proposals.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting project directors and managers and wider project teams in the delivery ofimpact assessment projects
  • Assembling and analysing data and carrying out desk-based studies and site visits
  • Assisting in the delivery of project outputs including – for example, scoping reports, environmental statements, environmental reports and related technical studies
  • Participating in project team meetings, client meetings and internal meetings, including training sessions
  • Prioritising tasks and meeting commitments on an on-going basis and taking ownership and responsibility for the completion and quality of work
  • Assisting project directors and managers and wider project teams with the coordination of inputs from colleagues internally as well as external sub-consultants
  • Providing ideas and potential solutions for more effective environmental and sustainability outcomes and improved project performance
  • Following sound project management principles and appreciating the need to work within project budgets
  • Keeping up to date with relevant environmental and sustainability legislation, policy, guidance and best practice
  • Ensuring that health and safety issues are embedded in project delivery from the outset 
  • Providing input to business development proposals (expression of interest and tender responses) and continuously improving our service offering to clients

Our graduate roles provide a fantastic opportunity to establish your career and gain valuable work experience helping to deliver challenging and high-profile projects. Your first role as a graduate sets the foundations for the rest of your career – AECOM will ensure you receive the training, mentoring and diversity of experience you need to set you on a path to success. 


We’re looking for someone who is committed to tackling environmental and sustainability challenges, ideally with knowledge of impact assessment as well as environment and sustainability legislation, policy, guidance, and best practice more generally.

As a Graduate Consultant in our Impact Assessment Practice Area (IAPA), you will be involved in research and analysis, combining desk studies with site visits. You’ll employ your creativity to develop ideas and solutions to deliver effective environmental and sustainability outcomes and improved project performance. 

As a member of our Impact Assessment Practice Area (IAPA) you’ll be delivering a wide range of projects within multi-disciplinary teams. You’ll need to be self-motivated, enthusiastic and ambitious, as well as having…

  • Excellent research and report writing skills
  • Excellent numerical and analytical skills and the aptitude to understand and communicate complex technical information
  • Ability to work as part of a team and the capacity to collaborate and communicate effectively with colleagues, clients and stakeholders
  • Ability to work to deadlines, working flexibly under pressure and responding to changing project and programme demands
  • Understanding of how to help manage projects effectively
  • Very good Microsoft Office skills including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Strong organisational skills, attention to detail and the ability to structure and prioritise the delivery of project outputs effectively while working as part of a multi-disciplinary team

Ideally, you will have a relevant first degree and, potentially, a relevant post-graduate degree. Relevant first or post-graduate degree subjects include: environmental economics, environmental impact assessment, environmental management, environmental planning, environmental policy, environmental science, geography, housing (sustainable, planning, regeneration and urban management), social science, sustainable development. A full and clean driving licence is beneficial for site work. Ideally, too, you will have a good understanding of the potential for digital solutions to assist in tackling environment and sustainability challenges and be able to help us in delivering our digital transformation agenda. 


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 over 750 graduates on our programmes across the UK & Ireland, from over 40 different disciplines, each and every one of them making a tangible difference to the environment we all live and work in.

We will provide you with all the tools and support you need to achieve your professional development ambitions, including Chartership with the relevant international professional institution – where we have graduates working towards over 30 professional institutions in the UK & Ireland. We will 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 undertake regular training modules throughout the programme. There will 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.


At AECOM, we aim to reward you not only with pay, but also with a range of benefits. Key benefits available to you in the United Kingdom and Ireland include (but are not limited to):

  • Bi-annual salary review while on the GDP
  • 25 days' annual leave, plus all public holidays, and the opportunity to buy and sell holiday
  • 2 paid corporate CSR days per year
  • Private medical insurance
  • Life assurance, income protection (permanent staff only)
  • Flexible benefits such as childcare vouchers and gym membership discount
  • Pension scheme that also gives you access to MyMoneyWorks, which is designed to help you plan for your future goals and provide guidance and information on a range of financial products.
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), which offers access to advice on a wide range of topics, such as financial problems, legal matters, medical concerns and many other issues that can cause you concern or worry — available completely free of charge.
  • Eye care vouchers
  • 15 days' paid leave per annum for formally signed up reservists (AECOM is recognised as a Gold Employer by the Ministry of Defence for our work with the Armed Forces Covenant).

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Competitive salary + benefits
  • All grades
  • Galway, Republic of Ireland and Cork, Republic of Ireland
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Bioengineering
  • Biology
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Energy
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnical
  • Water/Hydrology

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