Graduate Environmental Planner

"I really enjoy my work as it is interesting, challenging and rewarding and the graduate scheme is full of opportunities."

My role as Graduate Environmental Planner involves working within multi-disciplinary teams, consisting of a variety of engineering and project delivery disciplines, in order to deliver UU’s engineering projects.

My role is to assess the potential environmental and planning constraints, evaluate the long term benefits, minimise construction impacts to the environment and stakeholders, and obtain the required environmental consents including planning permissions to allow the project to proceed. I also undertake Environmental Inspections when projects are in the construction phase to ensure that all environmental mitigation measures are being adhered to.

I work closely with ecologists and landscape architects to ensure that all environmental considerations have been taken into account and appropriately acted upon. I liaise with a number of our external stakeholders, namely Local Planning Authorities and the Environment Agency to gain the appropriate consents and licences required for the work.

I've been involved in a variety of projects, all over the Northwest, since joining UU. My projects range from: development at our Treatment works, new long distance pipelines, reservoir discontinuance schemes, to long sea outfalls in the marine environment. Each scheme has a unique set of environmental constraints to overcome and it is very satisfying work to know that whilst delivering a vital service to customers you can also have a positive influence on the potential environmental impact.

On top of my day job the graduate scheme provides me with an array of other invaluable opportunities. There's a wide range of training opportunities available for graduates. I will have the chance to try other areas of the business by undertaking 6 month placements in different roles of my choosing. I've been given a dedicated business mentor, who I meet with monthly to discuss my progress. I'm also being supported through my Chartership programme to CIWEM.

I really enjoy my work as it is interesting, challenging and rewarding and the graduate scheme is full of opportunities.