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Senior Marine Water Quality Consultant

Job description

Senior Marine Water Quality Consultant 

Anderson McQue is recruiting for our client who is Europe’s leading independent environmental consultancy specialising in freshwater and marine ecology and aerial surveys. Our client has offices in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the US. They are very passionate about the environment and its proper management, protection and sustainable use.

Due to continued growth our client is now looking for an experienced, highly motivated Senior Marine Water Quality Consultant, to join their physical processes team, reporting to the Principal Consultant in Consenting and Marine.

The role

Through this role, you will continue to expand and apply your existing experience of the interaction of marine developments (particularly offshore wind projects) with the marine environment, including sites designated under the Water Framework Directive, to the ongoing and future project portfolio and help expand our client’s technical offering to their customers. With the global and UK offshore wind sectors growing rapidly as we move away from fossil fuels joining the world leader in this sector will open up even more opportunities for your career. As you master this role, you will become an experienced advisor in the marine sector, providing support and input to the growing portfolio of marine projects that are transforming our infrastructure. You may also support with other company requirements, such as assistance with general environmental assessment/ reporting work undertaken by the company.

Please, note that due to the company’s desire to regularly work together face-to-face as a team the successful applicant needs to live within a commutable distance of their office in Buckfastleigh. Time in the office is required 1 day per week, the rest of the time you will work from home.

Key Responsibilities

  •  To provide technical support to the marine sediment and water quality related workstreams, managing and delivering technical assessments to support offshore wind development projects.

  • To provide technical advice, assessment and strategic direction to existing clients and projects and contribute to and/or lead on stakeholder liaison in support of clients.

  • To provide specialist input and advice on the interaction of marine developments on the receiving physical environment as part of the wider EIA and HRA processes.

  • To provide physical processes support on the UK project portfolio, advising project staff on marine sediment water quality related issues, including the interaction of marine developments on the receiving physical environment, as required.

  • To provide data gathering and data management support, assisting with the sourcing, manipulation and management of technical data and the production of high-quality reports for Environmental Impact Assessments.

  • To carry out any additional activities that may be reasonably required or requested.

  • To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and others; make use of the tools, equipment, training, and resources; and actively engage with colleagues at all levels to contribute to the continuous improvement of health and safety management.



  • Educated to at least degree level, (preferably MSc/PhD level) in a relevant discipline (geo-sciences, oceanography, etc.)

  • Excellent written and oral communication, organisational and time management skills

  • Working knowledge of the technical assessments underpinning marine sediment and water quality work, e.g. numerical modelling, sediment plumes, sediment contaminants and hydrodynamic assessments etc.

  • Demonstrated experience of working with sediment characterisation, including contamination datasets

  • Experience with regulator and stakeholder requirements for the assessment and presentation of WFD and sediment contamination data and reports


  • Experience of applying water quality, including WFD, advice and assessment in an EIA context, derived from a relevant career in consultancy, research or working for government

  • Experience of working within the planning process, ideally in England, Wales, or Scotland

  • Experience working with regulators and stakeholders

  • Understanding and application of Blue Carbon assessments

  • A professional manner, with strong inter-personal skills and an ability to communicate at all levels both within the company and externally.

I am keen to have an initial discussion with anyone who feels this could potentially be of interest. Please, contact Jochen Leinung at Anderson McQue by sending an up-to-date CV via the link provided to speak further about this opportunity.

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