Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Hydro-geologist

Lingley Mere, Warrington.

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Job Purpose

United Utilities provides water and sewage services to around seven million people in the North West. This means operating enough miles of pipework and sewers to wrap three times around the planet. That's a lot of pipework! 

In short, it's our job to bring three million households and 200,000 businesses, clean, clear water and to take their wastewater away so our customers can simply get on with their day.  

United Utilities Outward Bound

Our new intake of graduates spent the week at Outward Bound team building and learning more about United Utilities.

Working as a hydro-geologist you will gain experience and expertise in all aspects of our water resources cycle. Fancy it?

You'll be rewarded for your commitment with a starting salary of £28,500, a massive 26 days of annual leave every year, which will increase to a maximum of 30 days after four years' service, plus bank holidays. Our fantastic benefits include private healthcare, discounted gym, flexible holidays, and award winning pension scheme. United Utilities has also been honoured by Glassdoor with the Best Places to Work in 2020.

We're looking for enthusiastic graduates to lead the way and help us to meet the challenges of the future. 

Job Accountabilities

  • As a graduate hydro-geologist, you are required to develop your knowledge of groundwater management, water balance assessments, borehole operation, water quality, and assessments of the environmental impact of groundwater abstraction.
  • The three year graduate programme will provide you with the opportunity to undertake placements in different areas of the business in relation to water resources.  
  • You will develop your experience and expertise in the integration, influencing and understanding of environmental and drinking water regulations in relation to groundwater sources 
  • You will influence the development of guidance on groundwater asset risk assessments and inspections, and lead on those asset assessments that support the delivery of regulatory reporting requirements, including the price review, the statutory water resources management plan and drought plan. 
  • You will provide technical support to capital projects where an assessment of groundwater resources/hydrogeology is required to ensure investment decisions are sound and evidence based.
  • During periods of dry weather, you will work with operational teams to safely activate groundwater drought sources, in agreement with key regulators and stakeholders.
  • Working as part of a team, you will provide all regulatory reports and data, statutory and non-statutory, to external stakeholders. Making sure this is accurate and timely; in particular drinking water safety plans, water resource management plan, PR24 business plan and drought plan.
  • You need to be able to communicate affectively to both technical and non-technical audiences and have the ability to write clear, concise, accurate specifications with measurable outputs. 

Knowledge and Skills

Our team has a strong reputation for excellence and our graduates are an important part of that success. 

We require our hydrogeologist graduates to have an accredited master's degree in hydrogeology, water resources or civil engineering or 2:1 BSc in science and engineering subjects.

You will need to be:

  • Technically competent with good planning, organisational and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent in written and interpersonal skills
  • An excellent team player
  • An excellent communicator at all levels

Additional Information

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a virtual assessment centre which are taking place from 6 – 17 December 2021.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • £28,500 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Lingley Mere, Warrington
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Acoustics
  • Building Services
  • Chemistry
  • Civil
  • Construction
  • Construction Management
  • Data Science
  • Energy
  • Forensic Science
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnical
  • Infrastructure
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Structural
  • Water/Hydrology

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