Thomson Environmental Consultants Guildford, United Kingdom Freshwater Aquatic Ecology Consultancy

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Thomson environmental consultants: The independent, employee-owned consultancy, chosen by successful clients, admired by competitors, and the place to work preferred by top specialists.

With offices across the UK, our experts are committed to delivering our clients exceptional outcomes across a range of environmental services and ecological contracting.

Our services include but are not limited to: terrestrial ecology, freshwater ecology, marine ecology, habitat management, arboricultural services, geospatial and data management, environmental impact assessments.

Our people make us who we are; we are commercial but not corporate, guided by our values of Respect, Integrity, Support and Excellence. Career growth and development is highly valued at Thomson, and we nurture talent, leading to rapid career-progression opportunities. Our people benefit from access to a diverse range of industry-accredited external trainings, as well as in-house training opportunities led by our specialists. The variety of projects we deliver across the breadth of environmental services encourages cross-team working and collaboration.


Are you a hydrological consultant or senior hydrological consultant, looking for your next exciting role in the commercial sector? If you are commercially aware, self-motivated, organised, with excellent communication and technical hydrology skills, we would love to hear from you!

We are looking for a technical specialist to join our small, dynamic aquatic team. You will be responsible for leading existing hydrology, eco-hydrology and hydromorphology projects and developing new business within this sector. In addition, you will be responsible for leading hydrological surveys, training other members of the water team and undertaking data analysis, including the interpretation of hydrological data. You will provide support the Water Director in identifying and pursuing strategic opportunities within the hydrology, hydro-ecology, flood risk and hydromorphology sectors.

We need a team member with sound technical capabilities in fundamental hydrology. This will cover a variety of skills within the field of hydrology, including data collection and management, analysis, interpretation, to be backed up with proficiency in technical report-writing. Site surveys and data collection are core to Thomson’s approach to hydro-ecological work, so practical skills and fieldcraft are important.

Our work covers a broad range of projects within environmental sciences. This provides interesting workloads, and broad interaction with other disciplines including ecology, hydrogeology, surveying, hydro-chemistry, project managers etc. Knowledge of these disciplines would be beneficial, but a collaborative frame of mind is essential.

This is a permanent role, ideally based out of our Guildford office (with hybrid working), but we're open to other locations for the right candidate.


You will

  • have relevant and proven experience in a similar role, specifically within the commercial environmental sector
  • hold a degree or postgraduate degree (or equivalent) in Hydrology, Hydro-ecology or a related subject
  • be technically competent, with an in-depth knowledge of hydrology, relevant legislation, and hydrometric techniques
  • have excellent written and verbal communication skills; be able to produce accurate technical reports as well as communicate clearly and confidently with clients and stakeholders
  • be organised with proven ability to multi-task and handle several projects simultaneously
  • be able and willing to travel and stay away from home
  • have a full UK driving licence and use of a car
  • be able to solve problems and be creative in finding solutions
  • have a positive outlook and a strong desire to succeed

Ideally you will also:

  • ​have a proven work winning track record and experience of preparing bids and tenders, winning work and generating new business opportunities

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About Thomson:
As an Employee-Owned Trust, all Thomson employees have a stake in the business. An EOT model is a way to transfer future ownership of a company to its people – minimizing the chance of cultural or commercial disruptions. As a rapidly growing company, Thomson employees will reap the rewards, including performance-related annual bonuses. We’re proud of this unique opportunity that we offer our people which makes us stand out in the environmental consultancy world.

You’ll enjoy all the benefits we have to offer, including EOT approved bonuses (after a qualifying period), a rewarding varied role, 25 days annual leave, flexible working, regular social events and great training.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

As an equal opportunities employer, Thomson is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join Thomson.


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