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Landscape Architect Internship


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Help keep taps flowing and toilets flushing across the North West

At United Utilities, we’re not only essential service providers to over 7 million customers across the region but we’re also at the forefront of tackling some of the biggest climate and environmental challenges in a generation. All our people are essential in achieving our net zero targets and creating a more resilient North West.

United Utilities Outward Bound

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

It's a big job and a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly for our customers. From operating our pipes and improving water quality, to embracing new technologies and safeguarding the local environment – whether you're in our head office or out on site, there's always plenty going on.  Our internship programmes will give you the opportunity to learn first-hand how we make this happen. 

We have been awarded with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognising the Best Places to Work in 2020.  We were ranked #19 company in the UK, based solely on the input of employees, who provide feedback on their jobs, work environments and companies on Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites. 

You will be joining the United Utilities family of over 5,000 employees who all help to provide great service for our 7 million customers.

Our internship programmes will give you the opportunity to learn first-hand how we make this happen. Our undergraduate and graduate programmes are key to helping us support customers.

Role Overview

In our landscape department, you'll have the chance to work in a well-established group of professionals within multi-disciplinary teams to support delivery of some of England`s largest Environmental Quality and Infrastructure programmes.

Working with other landscape architects, ecologists, environmental planners and our engineers you will assist teams in the delivery of capital projects. The type of work covered by landscape architects is very broad and includes aspects such as optioneering, scoping and estimating projects, contributing to designs and contractual documents and reviewing the work of contractors during construction on site.

During your placement, under the guidance of your mentor and manager, you will gain an overview of the type of work undertaken and work as a team on delivering project work. You will develop your own technical and collaborative working whilst gaining an understanding of professional essentials such as health and safety and project management.

You will be directly supported by senior chartered landscape architects supportive of your pathway to Chartership.

What we are looking for

United Utilities is looking for undergraduate Landscape Architects, studying for a Landscape Institute Accredited degree (or similar). The successful applicant will an enthusiasm for climate change mitigation, biodiversity and environmental management with an affinity for teamworking and an understanding of United Utilities and the wider water industry.

To apply you need to:

  • Have researched and have knowledge of United Utilities' Capital project activities.
  • Be working towards at least a 2:1 in a Landscape Institute Accredited degree (or similar)
  • Have varied technical knowledge through technical, social and professional experience.
  • Have a strong foundation at A-level.
  • Have good computer skills particularly in Microsoft Office, CAD and GIS
  • Be motivated and enthusiastic, an excellent team player, possessing ambition and drive.
  • Possess good written and interpersonal skills and have the ability to communicate and influence across all levels.
  • Be able to working flexibly across a range of tasks and activities to deadlines 


Don't worry, you won't be going it alone. Your mentor and manager will work with you as you progress through your placement and support you as you work towards your personal development goals.

When you join our intern scheme you'll receive a good salary, and you'll also be eligible for a bonus of up to 7.5%.

You get 26 days' holiday to take during your placement, and at our fantastic Lingley Mere site we have an onsite gym, coffee shops and other great facilities. And while access to an award-winning pension scheme might not be top of your priorities right now, responsible employers like us make sure you get one anyway – you'll pay 5% in to your pot and you'll get an extra 10% from the company. And that's not the only way to save, as you'll be able to buy company shares as part of the employee share buy scheme.

Internship Duration

12 months

How to apply

All roles will be advertised on our United Utilities Career's Page. Roles will be advertised on selected University portals to encourage applications. All applications will need to be completed online through the United Utilities Careers Page.

We need fantastic people to enable us to deliver a great service to the public. We are committed to reaching and recruiting from every community and then supporting employees to achieve their full potential ensuring they feel valued and included, regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, sexual orientation, or social background.

If you are offered a job with us, a number of pre-employment checks need to be carried out before your appointment can be confirmed. Any offer of employment with United Utilities will be subject to a satisfactory checking report from the Disclosure Scotland / the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Job ID Number: 18896
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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: May 29th, 2022
  • £20,000 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above (expected)
  • 12 months
  • Lingley Mere (Warrington)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Architecture
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Sustainability
  • Water/Hydrology

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