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Jacobs Senior Associate Environmental Scientist (Coastal) in Melbourne, Australia

Our People & Places Solutions business – reinforces our drive to improve the lives of people everywhere and epitomizes the "why" of what we do – the tremendous positive impact and value our solutions bring to our communities and society as a whole. From facilities delivering life-saving therapies and ensuring clean water to enabling the connection of people through all modes of transportation and providing access to technology – we're integrating a multitude of these solution elements to build the smart environments of tomorrow.

Start your Jacobs career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow.

Your Impact:

At Jacobs, we don’t settle – we’re always looking beyond to raise the bar and deliver with excellence. We apply our expertise and knowledge as we look into the future with great optimism and focus. We don’t settle until we give our best and know that we’re making a difference.

We have an exciting opportunity to join our fun loving, sociable Water Infrastructure team. We have an exciting pipeline of work, and we are delivering the most sought-after water infrastructure projects in Australia and New Zealand. As a result, we are growing ostensibly and regularly collaborate with our Australian peers for both learning and project work. We will encourage and support your career journey with a flexible work environment and exciting range of projects and challenges to work on. 

Jacobs is rare within the water industry in that we use a global team of experts to deliver local projects. Our team regularly work with our specialists over in the USA, Europe and elsewhere. There are not many projects we deliver using only Australia-based resources, working for Jacobs means access to this global expertise and world leading innovation.

The power of Jacobs is that we do almost everything – we even work with NASA. That means if there’s a complex problem you are faced with, there’s always someone helpful within our 50,000 strong team you can call on for advice.

Due to current business opportunities, we are looking to appoint a Senior Associate Environmental Scientist (Coastal) to join our fast-growing Water Resources team. This is an opportunity to join a dedicated and high-performing team of water professionals to deliver a range of significant projects for both public and private sector clients both locally and nationally.

We have a diverse base of water clients across the region and this role will contribute to setting and implementing strategy and capability for this client base, with support from the wider water business.


The purpose of this role is to provide technically defensible, and innovative water resources services to clients. Our aim is to build a reputation across ANZ as an industry leader as an individual, and also as a resilient team. In this role, you will be required to write proposals for, win and lead both complex and smaller water resources projects, as well as work collaboratively with other disciplines on projects lead by other disciplines.

Key requirements include:

 Strong verbal and written communication skills

 Demonstrated ability to lead a range of complex water resources projects

 Ability to work collaboratively to provide specialist scientific support to other technical disciplines within Jacobs

 Liaison with clients, stakeholders and regulators to support technical delivery

 Liaison with Jacobs teams in ANZ and globally

 Coaching and mentoring of junior team members to assist in building a high performing team

 Presenting information to stakeholders in meetings in a concise and effective manner.

 Authoring complex assessments / reports. Undertaking quality assurance processes, including undertaking technical review of project deliverables.

 Managing projects so that they are delivered on time, within budget, and to the agreed quality.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Qualifications / Experience:

Relevant tertiary education, preferably in science or another relevant field. Maintains applicable professional body accreditations.

Contribute to successful operation of the Water Resources Section through technical and business leadership.

Knowledge and application of appropriate Health and Safety practices.

Takes a role in quality assurance of projects, fully familiar with and applies Jacobs QA procedures.

Provide leadership in own area of specialisation, sharing and applying technical knowledge to address problems and determine actions.

Authentic and empathetic leadership. People management skills including effective communication.

Determines and addresses underlying client needs. Sets up client feedback systems and confirms satisfaction.

Jacobs. A world where you can.

At Jacobs, we support your personal life and career journeys. From our inclusive employee networks to our positive mental health champions, we're committed to driving a culture of caring where you can be you. With safety and flexibility always top of mind, we've gone beyond traditional ways of working to help you uncover a working arrangement that delivers the flexibility, tools and space to maximise your potential.

We're the 2023 winners of the Consult Australia People First Award for our suite of employee benefits that support all our employees in all stages of their personal and professional lives.

For the 6th consecutive year, we've been named an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (Australia). In New Zealand, we're a founding member of The Diversity Agenda and are committed to making our industry more inclusive and diverse. In Australia, our Reconciliation journey continues to be a considerable focus across all levels of the Jacobs community as we progress our Innovate level Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Our Bronze Employer status in the Australian Workplace Equality Index for LGBTI+ inclusion recognises our progress in creating an environment where our Jacobs employees can bring their whole selves to work.

We aim to embed inclusion and diversity in everything we do. We know that if we're inclusive, we're more connected, and if diverse, we're more creative. We accept people for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, mental health, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you're pregnant or on family leave. This is reflected in our eight global Jacobs employee networks centred on driving inclusion and diversity – ACE, Careers, Enlace, Harambee, OneWorld, Prism, Vetnet, and our Women’s Network – find out more about our Jacobs Employee Networks here. (https://www.jacobs.com/about/inclusion-and-diversity)

No matter what drives you, you'll discover a way to cultivate, nurture and achieve your goals – all at a single global company.

We're an equal opportunity employer and encourage candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are strongly encouraged to apply. Jacobs aims to provide cultural safety at our interviews. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are invited to nominate a cultural representative to participate on the interview panel; please let your recruiter know in your application.


Please contact the team if you require support or reasonable adjustments regarding our recruitment process (for example, you need the application form in a different format).

Don't meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people from marginalised or underrepresented backgrounds are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every qualification. At Jacobs, we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align with every requirement in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be the right candidate for this or other roles.

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