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Assistant Environmental Consultant – Summer Placement – UK Wide

Job Details

  • Reference:
  • Locations:
    Any available location:, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Solihull
  • Job Type:
    Summer Placement
  • Closing Date:
    23 December 2018

Interested In This Role?

At Arup, we deliver ground-breaking designs through our work in infrastructure, building design and specialist technical services. Independent in ownership and spirit, we're a global firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical experts who use our skills to make a positive difference in the world.

Arup's innovative approach to environmental consulting enables clients to achieve their sustainable business and corporate responsibility aspirations.

Our consultants offer a multidisciplinary service aimed at developing policy, optioneering, assessing impacts, creative design and implementation, supporting stakeholder engagement, gaining regulatory approvals, managing risk and controlling costs.

Develop your career on world class environmental projects such as High Speed 2, Smart Motorways, and the Eurasia Tunnel Project in Turkey: we have opportunities for environmental consultants across the UK. 

About the role.

Right now we're looking for summer placements to join our team of bright professionals across several of our UK offices. As our consulting team offers a multidisciplinary service, we are looking for students with diverse skills and interests, with a passion to specialise in one of the following disciplines when you graduate:

  • air quality
  • archaeology
  • cultural heritage
  • contaminated land
  • sustainability, carbon and climate change
  • ecology
  • environmental impact assessment (EIA)
  • environmental and social due diligence (ESDD), including responsible business

You'll help us to deliver effective and professional services for a range of varied and high-profile clients. While you'll have good level of responsibility from day one, we'll give you the chance to take on more as you progress and broaden your skills.

You will gain a thorough understanding and experience of the role of an environmental consultant on live projects, potentially of national significance or across a range of sectors.

This is a varied role, and your day-to-day responsibilities could include the following:

  • Assisting in the design and undertaking of surveys and site investigations
  • Data analysis of survey results
  • Conducting desk studies, including qualitative and quantitative risk assessments
  • Preparation of clear and concise reports
  • Managing delivery and budgets on small scale projects
  • Liaising with clients
  • Planning your workload so that you can deliver on time or ahead of target
  • You will contribute towards both statutory and non-statutory impact assessments, technical reports, environmental strategies, corporate reporting and prepare documents for submission within the planning system.

What do we look for?

We're looking for students to demonstrate drive and motivation, a thorough understanding of our sector, and a desire to effectively deliver an excellent technical service to our clients. With a busy, diverse team, we seek individuals who can work flexibly and respond to the needs of our clients. As such, we are looking for the following general qualifications, skills, and attributes in you:

  • Enthusiasm for a career in environmental consulting, underpinned through a knowledge and deep interest in the built and natural environment
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Adaptability and versatility to work across and with many environmental, engineering and design disciplines
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing and verbally
  • Good reasoning and analytical skills
  • Demonstrate initiative and a creative approach to problem solving
  • The aptitude to work on your own initiative
  • Recognise the importance of client care and your role in contributing towards it
  • Possess a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, with experience of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software and Photoshop would also be an advantage

In addition, we are looking for the students who are studying towards the following stream-specific qualifications, skills, and attributes:



Required skills

Desirable skills

Air Quality

Prediction of 2.1 Bachelor's degree or higher degree in Science; Meteorology; Engineering; Maths; Geography

Excellent numerical skills


Some experience of air quality monitoring and/or modelling

Student/graduate member of Institute of Air Quality Management and Assessment

Historic Environment (Archaeology and Cultural Heritage)

Prediction of Bachelor's degree or higher degree in Archaeology, Built Heritage, Cultural Heritage Management or GIS

Experience of archaeological excavation in the UK, and basic desk-based assessment writing

For built heritage candidates, an awareness of history of UK architecture

For archaeology candidates, an awareness of processes of UK archaeological theory and practice, and management

Awareness of CIFA, IHBC guidance

Student/graduate member of the Chartered Institute For Archaeologists (CIFA)

 Use of GIS software

Land Quality (Contaminated Land) & Waste

Prediction of 2.1 Bachelor's degree or higher degree in Contaminated Land; Environmental Studies, Chemistry, Geology, Geography, Hydrogeology, or Civil, Environmental, or Chemical Engineering

Understanding of contaminated land, pollution, environmental engineering or brownfield development

Completed dissertation on contaminated land or pollution related topic

Experience of GIS software (preferably ArcGIS) and CAD

Knowledge of geochemistry

Work placement with environmental consultancy

Student/graduate member of Geol Soc, CIWEM or similar


Prediction of 2.1 Bachelor's degree or higher degree in Ecology, Biology, Biological Sciences, Zoology or Geography or Environmental Sciences

Some experience of field surveying (including acquired at university)

Sound understanding of ecological and evolutionary processes

An appreciation and understanding of wildlife law

Active member of an ecological club or organisation such as BTO, BTCV, RSBP, local wildlife trust or bat group, or relevant university societies

Experience in volunteering in the UK or abroad

Use of bat analysis software packages

Skills in botanical identification

Use of GIS software

Student/graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)


Prediction of 2:1 Bachelor's degree or higher degree in Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Geography, GIS, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, Archaeology, Built Heritage or Cultural Heritage Management

General understanding of and interest in the EIA process in the UK.

Student or graduate member of IEMA or similar professional body

Completed dissertation on EIA

Work placement within an environmental consultancy ideally focusing on EIA

Use of Photoshop, Indesign or other design software packages and/or GIS would be advantageous

Sustainability, carbon and climate change

Prediction of 2:1 Bachelor's degree or higher degree in Environmental Sciences, Geography, Civil & Environmental Engineering or Environmental Studies

General understanding of and interest in sustainability, carbon and climate change

Student/graduate member of IEMA or similar professional body

Work placement within an environmental consultancy ideally focusing on sustainability, carbon and climate change

Use of Photoshop, Indesign or other design software packages would be advantageous



Interested in finding out more. Here's some additional information.

Student placements are available in the following office locations: Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Solihull.

Our placements typically run for a period of 6–8 weeks starting in June or July 2019. 

As part of your application we will require the following, uploaded as one document:

  1. A cover letter, outlining your interest in exploring a placement in Environment;
  2. A CV identifying your educational qualifications and any relevant research and/or extra-curricular activities that you are currently involved in; and
  3. Please indicate your preferred date and location for undertaking the placement.

Please note that applications without the above items will be disregarded.

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