Senior or Principal Geomorphologist

Mott MacDonald

Location: England

Job Type: Full time


Senior or Principal Geomorphologist

As a senior/principal geomorphologist, you will be part of a large team of water resources and flood risk specialists, working closely with our teams of engineers and asset planners to deliver a wide range of services for UK and international clients. For those with related interests, there are many opportunities to get involved across our teams on activities such as hydrology, water quality, catchment management, flood, hydraulic and sediment modelling as well as climate resilience. We therefore welcome applications from people with varied backgrounds and skillsets.

Your input will help our project teams and clients to deliver complex multidisciplinary projects, resulting in strategic decisions, engineering solutions and the desirable social outcomes that you can be proud of. Whether it is restoring rivers to make them more resilient to climate extremes, understanding risks from erosion to utilities and infrastructure or finding ways to work with and emulate natural processes, your work will bring lasting benefits to local communities and the environment around the world.

You will be responsible for:

  • Providing excellent geomorphological advice to assist concept, outline and detailed designs for work in river environments.
  • Prepare holistic plans for flood risk management, natural flood management and river restoration/habitat creation schemes.
  • Undertake field surveys to collect baseline information on river environments.
  • Developing innovations for data collection and interpretation in river and floodplain environments.
  • Lead environmental assessments relating to the water environment, with a focus on hydromorphology (e.g. Water Framework Regulations).
  • Prepare calculations and reports for erosion risk assessments and design of mitigation measures.
  • Contribute to technical mentoring and professional development of the team, developing and maintaining client relationships, attending conferences, writing articles or thought leadership pieces and networking across the industry.

Candidate Specification :

  • Relevant degree-level qualifications (e.g. geography, geomorphology, environmental sciences, hydrology, catchment science or other related disciplines)
  • Chartered with an appropriate professional body.
  • Proven track record in successful delivery of applied river geomorphology projects of varying complexity, including field and desk-based approaches.
  • Understanding of water environment legislation.
  • Numerate, with skills and interest in environmental data analysis.
  • Wider water quality, aquatic ecology or hydrology interest to complement geomorphological skills.
  • Willingness to innovate.
  • Able to guide and mentor junior staff, and to work successfully in a dynamic environment and in multi-disciplinary teams.

If you meet 80% or more of what we're looking for, please still apply. We understand not everyone will meet all the requirements, but you might have skills we didn't know we need.

With increasing awareness of changing climate on the environment and society, the importance of understanding how we can better work with natural processes in river catchments is vital. In the UK, the Government's 25-year Environment Plan challenges us all to think more holistically and tackle increasingly complex technical issues. Solutions should seek to deliver multiple benefits, be sustainable in the long term, improve resilience of the natural environment and social outcomes for communities.

In this context, we are looking for an experienced river-focused Geomorphologist (Senior or Principal level) with a passion for improving the environment. We are involved in major infrastructure projects nationally as well as river restoration programmes where your skills will be needed. Our expertise also expands to cover water quality investigations, catchment management and the application of nature-based solutions within the water environment and more widely. Demand for these services continues to grow, and we are keen to engage a talented river geomorphologist to drive innovation, work across disciplines in complex projects, support the development of our people and strengthen our offering. The role will lead technical delivery of geomorphology and water environment assessments throughout the UK and potentially internationally. This position can be offered on a full-time or a part-time basis.

The role will lead and contribute to technical delivery of geomorphology and water environment assessments throughout the UK and potentially internationally.

The candidate will have opportunities to work within an experienced multi-disciplinary team of environmentalists, engineers and scientists, on a wide range of projects including:

  • River restoration
  • Technical erosion and deposition risk analysis and problem-solving
  • Asset management
  • Water Resources
  • Infrastructure design
  • Environmental Assessments

To apply for this role, please complete our 15-minute application via our website. Our talent acquisition coordinators aim to provide feedback within 5 working days with the outcome of your application. More information about our application process can be found here. If you have any questions regarding your application or the role, please reach out to the dedicated recruiter listed who will be more than happy to help.

Mott MacDonald is Work180 accredited - which means we actively support and encourage women to join our work force!

Benefits we offer:

Pension matched up to 7%
Life insurance
An annual professional institution subscription
Continuous development opportunities - because we want you to thrive
Agile/flexible working - because life isn't 9-5
Enhanced parental leave; shared parental leave policies - for parents and care givers
Annual company performance bonus scheme - Subject to company performance
Flexible benefits that suit you, including cycle to work & interest free season ticket loans .
The opportunity to make a difference; learn more about our social outcomes

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