Principal Hydromorphologist / Hydraulic Modeller - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

United Kingdom

United Kingdom - , Manchester

Job Summary

AECOM is looking for an experienced fluvial geomorphologist/ hydromorphologist to join our growing Water Environment team, a key component of AECOM’s wider environmental business. This is a multi-disciplinary team currently with surface and groundwater specialists in geomorphology, hydrology, hydro-ecology, water quality (including sediments), water resources management and hydrogeology. There are currently 10 surface water specialists and it is a growing team with a considerable diversity of skills and experience We work for clients from across the public and private sectors, including the Environment Agency, Local Authorities, Highways England, Natural England, Water Utilities, Rivers and Wildlife Trusts as well as commercial developers and overseas clients. We are also involved in major ongoing projects such as HS2 and the Thames Tideway Tunnel and as a team are responsible for coordinating/ leading water environment chapters in ES’s as well as coordinating WFD assessments.

Within our impressive portfolio of projects as a water environment team we have a number of geomorphology-led projects throughout the UK from concept to post-construction, including:

  • Detailed design of the diversion and river restoration of the River Eye (SSSI) as part of the Melton Mowbray Distributor Road project;

  • Site roles for the construction of a European-funded river re-meandering project in a park in Nottingham;

  • Outline design of a re-meandering project adjacent to a development site in Derby;

  • River restoration proposals for a brownfield site at Bathgate in Scotland;

  • An NFM project for the upper Darent in Kent involving stages of options appraisal;

  • Assessment of options for restoration as part of a water resources Licence Variation on a chalk river (Affinity Water);

  • Restoration of river channels through mining spoil (West Cumbria Rivers Trust);

  • Assessing the impact of high flow abstraction on channel morphology (Environment Agency);

  • Hydromorphology assessments as part of WFD Compliance for multiple road and rail projects involving river crossings;

We are seeking to recruit an experienced fluvial geomorphologist (with considerable track record of hydromorphology). A thorough knowledge and understanding and practice of both qualitative and quantitative approaches to fluvial geomorphology (and when/where to apply them) is essential. Whilst the majority of our work is currently in the fluvial environment we also advise on estuarine and coastal environments and procure others where needed.

All members of the Water Environment team take an active role in client contact and commercial aspects of our projects. Health, safety and environmental considerations underpin all of our work.

Job Responsibilities:

We envisage the successful candidate will deliver high quality outputs (supported by other members of the team as appropriate).

As a Principal will be likely to bring unique expertise on specific technologies or processes,.w ill be able to apply acquired expertise and knowledge to solve business challenges, provide coaching to peers and team members and will be sought for technical experience and able to influence suppliers. The job involves:

  • Applying fluvial geomorphology approaches such as fluvial audit and stream reconnaissance (including typing of river channels from a change perspective);

  • Applying specific geomorphology tools such as regional stream power and typing bed and bank materials;

  • Using outputs from equations (e.g. bed shear stress);

  • Developing/ helping development of outline and detailed geomorphology channel designs that meet stability requirements;

  • Working as part of a team and/or leading multi-disciplinary teams;

  • Writing baseline geomorphology reports;

  • Undertaking WFD hydromorphology assessments;

  • Contributing the EIA’s and ES Water Chapters;

  • Acting as geomorphological advisor/ Environmental Clerk of Works (during construction);

  • Undertaking geomorphological post-project appraisals;

  • Helping the Hydromorphology Team Leader to identify new internal and external clients/opportunities;

  • Helping the Hydromorphology Team Leader to recruit talented individuals to grow the team, as required

  • Ensuring projects are managed in line with AECOM’s Integrated Management System (IMS);

  • Working with AECOM’s safety systems and preparing/reviewing risk assessments for field work.

Minimum Requirements

To be successful in this role we are looking for applications from experienced professionals who have worked in a similar role. They should:

  • Have considerable experience of working on different river types in varied environments;

  • Have strong numerical and written skills;

  • Have worked on both high flow and low flow problems;

  • Experience of high gradient and low gradient systems and coarse and fine sediment dynamics;

  • Extensive experience of different forms of river channel improvement river restoration, NFM, weir removal, fish passage structures and infrastructure-related hydromorphological assessment and design; and

  • Strong experience communicating geomorphological issues and results to technical and non-technical audiences.


It is expected that the successful applicant will have already begun to develop secondary skills or would be aspiring to develop these. For this particular post one or more relevant skills from the following list would be desirable:

  • Practice of the following modelling software: HEC-RAS, Infoworks ICM ISIS or TuFlow etc;

  • Project management experience;

  • Understanding of hydrology principles and experience with hydrological calculations (Flood Estimation Handbook techniques, flow duration curves etc.);

  • Knowledge and application of sediment transport processes (e.g. equations/ modelling);

  • Experience in the interpretation of other model results for design functionality/sustainability, erosion and deposition dynamics;

  • Proficiency in the use of the following spatial software: ArcGIS and/or QGIS, Map Info;

  • Coordinating water environment chapters;

  • Coordinating WFD Compliance assessments

Preferred Qualifications

  • Qualified to degree level (or equivalent) in physical geography/ geomorphology;

  • Have an MSc or PhD in a relevant subject;

  • Have membership of a related professional institute, ideally with chartered status; and

  • Have a valid UK driving licence.

As an employer of choice, we are more than happy to explore flexible working arrangements for this vacancy.

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is

pioneering the future . Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions

inclusion, diversity and overall

employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our

core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only

delivering a better world , but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Sciences

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 213205BR

Additional Locations UK - Basingstoke

Clearance Required No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.