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Graduate Environmental Consulting - Specialist Environmental Services

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A Future with purpose

At Arup we’re dedicated to sustainable development and to do socially useful work that has meaning. Our purpose, shared values and collaborative approach has set us apart for over 75 years, guiding how we shape a better world.

We solve the world's most complex problems and deliver what seems impossible. We explore challenges with curiosity and creativity - using technology, imagination and rigour to deliver remarkable outcomes.


The Opportunity 

Our climate and sustainability services (CSS) portfolio includes several teams offering specialist environmental services (SES). These include waste and resources, air quality, historic environment, land quality and contaminated land. We help our clients to avoid and reduce emissions, manage climate risk, remediate and mitigate pollution, and enhance the resilience of their developments, business systems and assets as well as the communities and natural environments they operate in.   

We are looking for a graduate consultant to join one of our London SES teams. You will form part of our wider environmental consulting team offering multidisciplinary services, across waste and resources, air quality, historic environment, health and equalities impact assessment, land quality, ecology and environment, due diligence and ESG, water quality, land quality and contaminated land. 

In your first year, you will have the opportunity to spend four months in two or more of our other environmental teams in the CSS portfolio, totalling eight months. This will provide valuable opportunities for professional growth including developing a diverse range of technical skills, a wide support network and a good insight into our capabilities. 

Our consultants in our specialist environmental services teams 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. 

Typical day-to-day responsibilities may vary depending on the team that you join. Tasks may include, but are not limited to,  

  • conducting desk-based and/or site studies, including sourcing and evaluating environmental information; 
  • carrying out research into environmental matters to support our work; 
  • supporting project delivery;   
  • coordination of internal colleagues and external sub-consultants;  
  • collaborating with multidisciplinary project teams comprising clients, internal specialists and sub-consultants;  
  • preparation of clear and concise statutory and non-statutory environmental reports, risk assessments, permits, licenses and consents in line with legislative requirements;  
  • use of ArcGIS and other software to produce high quality drawings and detailed data analysis to accompany technical reports and inputting to the team's research projects.  

During the periods of rotation within other teams, your day-to-day responsibilities will vary and could include the following:  

  • assisting in the design and undertaking of surveys and investigations; 
  • coordinating environmental specialists to input into projects and assessment; 
  • data analysis of results; 
  • reviewing environmental and historical information and preparing reports;
  • contributing towards impact assessments and other technical reports. 


Is this role right for you? 

We are looking for individuals with a bachelor's and/or master's degree in an environmental related topic (minimum 2.1/60%) including, but not limited to, environmental sciences, geography, civil and environmental engineering, environmental studies, contaminated land, chemistry, geology, hydrogeology, archaeology, built heritage, and cultural heritage. 

As such, we are looking for the following general qualifications, skills, and attributes in you: 

  • Adaptability and versatility to work across and with many environmental, social and design disciplines and changing priorities 
  • Good planning and organisational skills 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing and verbally, adapting your approach to suit the audience 
  • Strong reasoning and analytical skills 
  • Demonstrate initiative and a creative approach to problem solving 
  • The aptitude to work on your own initiative whilst being aware of own limits and knowing when to seek guidance 
  • Recognise the importance of client care including internal Arup clients, and your role in contributing towards it 
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team being respectful of the views and needs of others coupled with a willingness to re-prioritise activities when needed 
  • Possess a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel; and,  
  • Interest and ability in digital techniques such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software, InDesign etc. would be an advantage. 

We're looking for people who are curious and ready to evolve how you think and work.  Our strength comes from how we respect, share, and connect our diverse experiences, perspectives and ideas. At Arup, you belong to an extraordinary collective, in which we encourage individuality to thrive. If you can share your knowledge and ideas and encourage others to do the same; whilst having a desire to deliver excellent services for clients, then we'd like to hear from you. 

You should be able to start this opportunity in September 2024. 


What we offer you

Beyond a great salary and stimulating, technically challenging work, Arup offers a range of additional benefits to its people.

As a membership organisation, everyone shares in our success through a global profit share scheme. Our members also have access to a range of broader wellbeing benefits. You’ll have access to lots of learning and development opportunities. This includes a structured induction and ongoing training through Arup university.

Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to utilise your technical expertise to do meaningful work that strengthens the resilience of communities and places to improve lives through Arup's community engagement programme.

Next steps

Please click on the role that most interests you to find out further information and to apply. We then ask that you complete the application form, attaching any required documents. We will be reviewing applications for this position on a rolling basis. You are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in advance of the application deadline.

Different people, shared values

At Arup, we encourage individuality to thrive by respecting, sharing and connecting our diverse experiences, perspectives and ideas so we can grow together.

At Arup we are an equal opportunity employer, and we accept people for who they are – we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds regardless of age, gender identity and expression, marital status, disability, neurodiversity and mental health, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. Your difference belongs here. We are an open environment that embraces diverse experiences, perspectives, and ideas – this drives our excellence.

Our internal employee networks support our inclusive culture – from race, ethnicity and cross-cultural working to gender, LGBTQ+ and disability – we aim to create a space for you to express yourself and make a positive difference - Discover more about life at Arup at www.arup.com/careers/your-life-at-arup.

At Arup, we are committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to all candidates and are a Disability Confident Level 2 Employer. Please contact UKEarlyCareersRecruitment@arup.com to let us know if you need any assistance or reasonable adjustments throughout your application and we will do everything we possibly can to support you.

We appreciate that everyone’s circumstances are different and it’s not always easy to commit to standard working hours. Work Unbound is our innovative hybrid approach to working and gives all our members greater flexibility in deciding how and where they work.

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