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Jacobs Senior Aquatic Ecologist in Warrington, United Kingdom

Your Impact:

At Jacobs, we'll inspire and empower you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow. With more than 55,000 people in 40+ countries, working at Jacobs offers an exciting range of opportunities to develop your career within a supportive and diverse team who always strive to do the right thing for our people, clients and communities.

People are Jacobs’ greatest asset, and we offer a competitive package to retain and attract the best talent.

In addition to the benefits you’d expect, UK employees also receive free single medical cover and digital GP service, family-friendly benefits such as enhanced parental leave pay and free membership of employee assistance and parental programmes, plus reimbursement towards relevant professional development and memberships. We also give back to our communities through our Collectively program which incorporates matched-funding, paid volunteering time and charitable donations.

Work-life balance and flexibility is a key focus area for Jacobs. We’re happy to discuss hybrid, part-time and flexible working hours, patterns and locations to suit you and our business.

About the opportunity:

Jacobs has an ever-increasing portfolio of work across some of the UK and Ireland's most high-profile projects and programmes. Working within large multidisciplinary teams, we deliver environmental monitoring programmes, support planning applications, undertake consenting and advisory roles and post project appraisal. We are currently working across a range of sectors and projects including delivering a number of high profile national infrastructure developments, power, water and transport infrastructure projects, national flood defence and habitat restoration schemes.

In autumn 2022 we expanded our taxonomic capabilities at the Jacobs Innovation Hub in Birchwood. This a 12,000m 2 laboratory facility at the forefront of research, testing, analytical and bespoke engineering for nuclear technology, clean energy, aerospace, environmental assessment and protection and infrastructure.

About you:

You will join a diverse team of 170+ ecologist in the UK (600 globally) and work with hydrologists, geomorphologists, engineers, planners and project managers to provide support and advice to our clients. You will ensure aquatic input is considered by project teams, work as a first point of contact and, with the support of the wider team, provide high quality technical advice.

To support this expansion of environmental capacity, we are looking to recruit a range of aquatic technical specialists at Birchwood.

The role will include:

  • Working in the laboratory processing invertebrate samples – Accurate processing and identification (mixed taxon/species level) of freshwater and/or marine invertebrate samples.

  • Analysis and reporting of aquatic data – including use of biological indices and specialist software such as RICT2 and PRIMER.

  • Designing and leading aquatic monitoring programmes - develop survey programmes, lead and/or manage survey teams in freshwater environments and be responsible for high quality data collection.

  • Working in multidisciplinary teams – quickly building rapport and trust to ensure that aquatic ecology requirements are recognised, acknowledged and constraints acted upon.

  • Leveraging your experience of national legislation - to support Environmental Impact Assessment, Water Framework Directive and Habitats Regulation Appraisals etc.

  • A willingness to both learn from and mentor others – develop and share skills that build team and individual resilience. This will include engagement with our global communities of practice, externally facing communications (conferences, presentations, client meetings) and training events.


Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Experience as a taxonomic specialist including sample analysis and identification meeting Analytical Quality Control targets

  • Experience working in a laboratory setting with a strong awareness of Health and Safety;

  • Experience with analysing data using biological indices and specialist software;

  • Professional membership to a relevant body;

  • Ability to work well as an autonomous team, with technical support from other regional teams (Reading, London, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh).

Our Culture

Our alues stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity. We put people at the heart of our business and we truly believe that by supporting one another through our culture of caring, we all succeed. We value positive mental health and a sense of belonging for all employees. Find out more about life at Jacobs. (https://careers.jacobs.com/life-at-jacobs/)

We aim to embed inclusion and diversity in everything we do. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative. We accept people for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, 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 wide range of Global Employee Networks centred on inclusion and diversity – ACE, Careers, Enlace, Harambee, OneWorld, Prism, Vetnet, and Women’s – find out more about our employee networks here. (https://www.jacobs.com/about/inclusion-and-diversity?_ga=2.1062705.1096535124.1626879887-1704311048.1575562676)

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