Mott MacDonald
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, June 30, 2022

Job Description

We are seeking a Geomorphologist to work within our water resources and flooding team. The candidate will report directly to an experienced geomorphologist in Newcastle, with additional technical support from a diverse group of water environment specialists across our office network.  The role will be challenging, varied and offer fantastic opportunities for technical skill set and wider career development.  Key elements of the role include:

  • Provide geomorphological advice to assist concept, outline and detailed designs for work in river environments.        
  • Assist with preparing plans for flood risk management, natural flood management and river restoration/habitat creation schemes.
  • Undertake field surveys to collect baseline information on river environments, often working with aquatic ecologists and/or engineers.
  • Carry out environmental assessments relating to the water environment, with a focus on hydromorphology (eg Water Framework Directive).
  • Prepare calculations and reports for erosion risk assessments and design of mitigation measure.
  • Potential for assisting project management, proposals and coordinating tasks, presenting and attending conferences and contributing to networking across the industry.
  • The preferred location for the role is flexible in Scotland or the north of England.  Ideal office bases would be Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds, Newcastle or Altrincham.

Candidate Specification

Our candidate specification is:

  • Minimum BSc or BEng (ideally Masters or PhD) in relevant subject, such as geomorphology, hydrology or catchment management
  • Member of CIWEM or similar Institute and chartered or close to achieving chartered status (ideal, not mandatory)
  • Capability in applied fluvial and estuarine geomorphology, including field work and desk studies
  • Understanding of water environment legislation
  • Numerate, with skills and interest in environmental data analysis
  • Competent in MS Excel, GIS and potentially modelling packages
  • Wider water quality, aquatic ecology or hydrology interest to complement geomorphological skills
  • Good verbal communication and written skills
  • Well organised, able to plan and prioritise workload
  • Ability to work successfully in a dynamic environment and in multi-disciplinary teams

Job Profile

With increasing awareness of changing climate on the environment and society, the importance of understanding how we can 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 deliver multiple benefits to natural and human environments that are sustainable in the long term and improve resilience of the natural environment and communities.

In this context, we are looking for a Geomorphologist with a passion for improving the environment.  The role will support technical delivery of geomorphology and water environment assessments throughout the UK and potentially internationally. 


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