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Jacobs Senior Environmental Scientist in Wokingham, 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

Our Water, Energy and Environment business provides a focus for advising our clients on sustainability issues including renewable energy, low carbon economies, impacts of climate change and waste and resource management. Our environmental capabilities comprise of in excess of 1000 staff based predominantly in the UK, but with reach into the Middle East and in India.

To meet our growing UK business needs and future development aspirations we are looking for a Senior Environmental Scientist, specialising in environmental management and due diligence. The role will be based at either our Reading or London Jacobs UK offices Jacobs are keen to embrace the ‘new way of working’ with a mixture of home and office-based work supported.

The successful person will become part of a respected and ambitious company with excellent career prospects and international opportunities. We recognise that professional and personal development is a continuous process, and you will be enrolled on a range of in-house training courses and encouraged to progress your career, raising your profile within and outside the organisation.

As a Senior Environmental Scientist, you will sit within the Environmental Management and Compliance team and work with other internal teams to provide sustainable solutions as part of the projects and proposals we work on. We expect a strong background in environmental management, as well as the ability to draw on wider environmental and sustainability areas to provide effective solutions for the client.

This role will be to provide technical expertise and advice in relation to environmental management and compliance for client organisations, with a focus on environmental due diligence and environmental assessment, across a range of sectors including aviation, infrastructure and manufacturing. In addition, you will be expected to actively develop your network internally and externally to the business, maintain positive client relationships and contribute to work winning activities, where appropriate. This role offers the opportunity to work with a diverse portfolio of Jacobs’ high-profile clients and contribute to the implementation of projects across large and complex estates and processes.

We are seeking an individual with the flexibility and desire to support projects across all sectors. An essential part of this role will be to scope technical solutions, provide practical support and deliver projects that will improve the performance of our client organisations in relation to various aspects of environmental management.

Our Culture

Our values 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)

Jacobs partners with VERCIDA to help us attract and retain diverse talent. For greater online accessibility please visit www.vercida.com to view and access our roles. As a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy. We welcome applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working and from those who may not meet all the listed requirements for a role

If you require further support or reasonable adjustments with regards to the recruitment process (for example, you require the application form in a different format), please contact the team (https://www.jacobs.com/contact/careers2) .

Your application experience is important to us and we’re keen to adapt to make every interaction even better. We welcome feedback on our recruitment process and if you need more from us before deciding to join Jacobs then please let us know. (https://www.jacobs.com/contact/careers2)

Here’s What You’ll Need:


  • A good degree qualification in a relevant environmental/natural science;

  • Previous experience of environmental due diligence, auditing or environmental risk assessment across a range of industry and business sectors;

  • Strong technical skills in environmental due diligence and/or environmental risk assessment;

  • Strong data analysis and validation skills;

  • Excellent report writing skills and substantial experience of report writing, presentations and workshop delivery;

  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills;

  • Staff/resource management capability;

  • A focus and desire to work safely;

  • Flexibility to work between different offices if required and a willingness to work for short periods away from home office both in the UK and internationally.


  • Experience working with multi-disciplinary engineering teams;

  • Experience of dealing with regulatory authorities;

  • Strong technical skills in waste management, carbon, water and energy management:

  • High level commercial awareness and an aptitude for business development;

  • Chartered status, or working towards chartership, to an appropriate institution (IEMA, CIWEM, CIWM, ICE, IEEM, EI etc);

  • A Masters level qualification (or equivalent) in a relevant environmental discipline;