Jacobs EIA Environmental Scientist / Senior Scientist in Wokingham, United Kingdom
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Our Water and Environment business provides a focus for advising our clients on environmental assessment and sustainability issues. The environmental impact assessment (EIA) of new infrastructure requires co-ordinators with a broad range of knowledge of environmental and sustainability matters and excellent people management skills in order to bring together a diverse team of specialists to assess the impact of the infrastructure on the environment and influence design through mitigation. We also have to consider the environmental sustainability of the development into the future in the face of climate change, the need for renewable energy, low carbon economies, and material resource and waste management. Our environmental staff also develop project management skills in the directing assignments.
Our Environmental Assessment team works on some of Jacobs’s most complex and demanding projects, for clients such as HS2, Highways England, Network Rail, the Environment Agency, and many more.
About the opportunity
We currently have opportunities for Environmental Scientists and Senior Environmental Scientists to be based in various offices around the UK and Ireland. The successful candidates will become part of a respected and ambitious company with excellent career prospects.
We are looking for enthusiastic environmental professionals to develop their careers with Jacobs working on some of the most exciting development projects in the UK. We have opportunities for staff to work on EIAs of infrastructure projects, strategic environmental assessments (SEAs) of plans and policies, integrated impact assessments and sustainability appraisals. Our staff are expected to work at various stages of the project cycle, from project inception, through to optioneering; feasibility studies; screening, scoping, impact assessments; discharge of consents; and environmental management during construction. As well as delivering excellent technical work, environmental professionals also contribute to project management and business development.
Primary Job Responsibilities
Acting as the EIA/SEA co-ordinator or working within the EIA/SEA leadership team on a range of infrastructure projects such as transportation (highways, rail, ports and airports), coastal and river flood defences, water and wastewater treatment, conventional and renewable energy, nuclear, and urban regeneration.
Draft EIA/SEA deliverables such as the scoping and screening reports, and the introductory chapters, summaries and conclusions of the Environmental Statement and SEA reports.
Undertake parts of the assessment, based on the experience of the candidate, such as the impact on people, health, communities.
Assist in technical reviews of environmental documents.
Participate in stakeholder engagement and consultation events, for example in the preparation of materials and attendance at exhibitions and meetings through virtual technology and in person once safe to do so.
Communicate and liaise effectively with other members of our project teams.
Supporting project managers and EIA/SEA co-ordinators with financial monitoring of projects, document control, progress reporting and other project management tasks.
Champion the health and safety of environmental staff on projects through the drafting of risk assessments and method statements for site visits and field work.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
A good degree qualification, preferably in a relevant environmental / natural science / planning subject.
Experience in delivering EIAs and other types of assessments including SEA for a range of clients such as Highways England, the Environment Agency, local planning authorities, Network Rail, National Grid and the nuclear sector.
Proven track record delivering EIAs through various consenting regimes, such as Town and Country Planning, Development Consent Orders, Transport and Works Act, and Hybrid Bills.
A broad understanding of environmental impacts associated with major infrastructure developments
Knowledge of assessment methodologies and good understanding of assessment methodologies for two or more subject matter topics.
A good understanding of key environmental legislation and policy and an appreciation of the potential changing legal and policy framework for environmental studies.
Excellent organisational skills to co-ordinate multi-disciplinary EIA teams.
Experience in stakeholder engagement and public consultation.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
A good team player with excellent interpersonal skills who works collaboratively within large teams drawn from a diverse group of people.
Able to offer advice on environmental issues, sustainability, and consenting and influence project design for the better.
Associate member of a relevant professional body.
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