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Associate or Principal Hydrologist

SLR Consulting
Edinburgh; Glasgow; Stirling
Closing date
5 May 2024

Job Details

SLR has an exciting opportunity for an experienced hydrologist to join our large team of water specialists delivering Environmental Impact Assessment Report chapters and Environmental Appraisals in support of renewables and electrical transmission projects. 

This vacancy is for a role to join a team which are already working on a range of nationally significant projects which are and will make a tangible contribution to our journey to Net Zero.

This position presents an outstanding opportunity to join a large team of hydrologists, drainage and flood management engineers and be part of a wider group which also comprises hydrogeologists, geomorphologists and geochemists.   

About the role:

Working alongside the existing team, and with support from the hydrology & hydrogeology team leader, key aspects of the role will include:

•    training and developing junior team members;
•    preparing and managing junior staff producing EIA-R and EA water environment assessments to support planning applications;
•    managing the production of Private Water Supply risk assessments;
•    designing and managing surface water and groundwater monitoring programmes;
•    preparing Controlled Activity Regulation authorisation applications for water abstractions, effluent discharges, engineering activities and construction site licences;
•    client liaison and project management;
•    liaising with regulators and agreeing scope of works on behalf of our clients; and
•    proposal writing and business development.

The preferred location is at any of our offices in Scotland, but for those with relevant experience other locations, including hybrid or remote working, would be considered.  We’d welcome applications from those wishing to return to work, or who would prefer agile or part-time working.
About you:

Whilst not essential we'd like you to have formal training in hydrology.  We’d expect you to have a demonstrable track record delivering water assessments in support of planning applications for wind and electrical transmission projects, and whilst not essential hydrogen, solar and substation development projects. Experience of other linear development assessments, such as pipelines, would also be welcome.

We expect you to be professional and communicate effectively.  

You’ll need a full current driving licence which is valid in the UK.  Whilst the role will be mostly office based there will be a need for occasional site visits and attendance at client and regulatory meeting.

We’d expect you to be able to demonstrate experience of project direction, client liaison, and project management.  You will also be able to work under your own initiative and as part of a team.

It would be advantageous if you have experience of mentoring and developing staff.

About us

SLR are global leaders in environmental and advisory solutions helping our clients achieve their sustainability goals. We are a consultancy with over 3400+ staff across 6 regions – including over 1200 staff across Europe. SLR’s ‘one team’ culture is at the heart of our business; providing a collaborative and supportive environment for professional development. Along with competitive salaries, our staff enjoy a comprehensive benefits package with a company pension plus excellent healthcare offering, travel and life insurance, critical illness cover and a structured career framework with regular reviews offering outstanding opportunities for progression. Alongside 25 day’s annual leave, SLR offer flexible, agile and hybrid working which enables staff to tailor hours worked around core hours, and our family friendly policies help balance the needs of professional and family life. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at SLR  

We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer, and our expectations go beyond purely complying with legislation. Through our Regional DE&I Committees, Global Council and Employee Networks, we foster an inclusive environment where all individuals regardless of their background can thrive.   

We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of their background, including those from groups that are currently underrepresented at SLR, such as: LGBTQ+ people, ethic minority groups, women, and individuals with visible or invisible disabilities, including those who are neurodivergent.   

For more information on our commitment to DE&I, and the great work we are doing, please click here: and scroll to the bottom of the page.  

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Organisations across the world today are facing unprecedented pressure to take an active part in creating a more sustainable and just future.

SLR exists to support clients on this journey. Our strategic, engineering and technical teams take the pain out of navigating the ever-shifting context of sustainable business and support you in Making Sustainability Happen.

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