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Environmental Consultant (Contaminated Land) - Dublin/Cork

Ground Engineering
Europe Region

A career at Arup offers you the chance to make a positive difference in the world. Independently owned and independently minded, Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment. We offer a broad range of professional services that combine to make a real difference to our clients and the communities in which we work. For more than 70 years, we have helped bring to life groundbreaking projects across the globe.


We are truly global, and our 15,000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants around the world delivering innovative projects with creativity and passion. We have over 600 staff working in Ireland based in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick.


Environmental Consultant (Contaminated Land) - Dublin/Cork


We have a new opportunity for a Ground Contamination Consultant with approximately three to six years’ experience to join our Ground Engineering team in Dublin or Cork. You’ll work in a team of 30 ground engineering professionals, including land contamination specialists, applied geologists, hydrogeologists and geotechnical engineers.


We work on many high-profile geo-environmental projects including large mixed-use developments as well as Strategic Infrastructure Developments. Many of our sites are located on former industrial sites with challenging contamination issues or in environmentally sensitive areas.


In this role you’ll be working closely with other Arup teams (e.g. other environmental specialists, planners, geotechnical and building engineers and infrastructure civil engineers) to deliver integrated multi-disciplinary consultancy services to a wide range of different clients. There will be opportunities to support other environmental teams, such as EIA, air quality, archaeology and ecology, through which you can develop broader environmental experience.


The main aspect of the role will be working on a wide variety of projects (in terms of scale, value, location and sector) assessing the contaminative status and formulating cost-effective and sustainable waste soil management/remediation solutions, liaising with regulators and satisfying planning requirements.

In this role, you’ll be largely office based, with some site work, for example, to supervise ground investigations, monitor soil excavations and supervise remediation projects. From time to time site work may be more intensive.


Main responsibilities:

  • Undertaking desk studies and site inspections/ audits;

  • Designing and supervising ground investigations/ contractors, including site work, scheduling chemical testing and checking factual investigation reports and invoices (note that Arup do not undertake the site work, we design and supervise);

  • Assessing and managing data, particularly using GIS, excel, contaminant transport & risk assessment software (LandSim, ConSim, MT3D) and other tools such as 3D modelling in Leapfrog;

  • Preparation of contamination assessment reports, risk assessments, remediation strategies and verification reports;

  • Preparation of notifications for Article 27 designations for soil re-use;

  • Supporting senior staff during due diligence work;

  • Preparing Land and Soil chapters in environmental impact assessment reports;

  • Attend internal Arup and external client meetings and external stakeholder liaison; and

  • Assisting the team's research work, presentations and inputs into tenders.

  • Managing and guiding junior staff on projects.


Career development:

At Arup, you will have access to a wide range of training and development opportunities, including formal structured training and self-learning via Arup University and our mentoring scheme. This training includes, for example, technical and specialist, commercial and project systems, health and safety, and wellbeing along with a range of personal skills. There may also be opportunities for you to participate in research projects, conferences and seminars.



  • Degree qualified in environmental science, chemistry, contaminated land, geological or hydrogeological or other related field, along with a postgraduate degree in relevant subject;

  • Typically, around 3 to 6 years’ relevant contaminated land experience gained within a consulting environment;

  • Experience of ground investigation on brownfield sites and associated data management;

  • Experience of soil and waste management, waste classification, DQRA, hydrogeological assessment, due diligence and Licensing and Permitting;

  • Member of a professional body and working towards Chartership (Engineers Ireland, Institute of Geologists of Ireland or equivalent);

  • Motivated, enthusiastic and ambitious individual with the ability to work well both within a team and individually;

  • Good planning, organisation skills and communications skills (written and verbal);

  • Confident, diligent and able to lead people;

  • Excellent computer and data management/ presentation skills; and

  • Ability to continually learn and professionally develop.


What to expect at Arup 

We offer a multicultural and informal international working environment where you can develop professionally by being part of a team of professionals who enjoy what they do:

  • Be part of a company with a strong corporate culture committed to its values and aims: quality of work, holistic approach, humane organization, straight and honorable dealings, social usefulness and reasonable prosperity

  • Short, long or educational assignments at Arup’s offices and projects anywhere in the world

  • Continuous training and professional development that will allow you to adapt to the growing needs of our clients being in the midst of the digital transformation

  • Employees at Arup are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme, dependent on the firm’s financial performance. Competitive performance based salary growth

  • We offer a flexible Friday scheme. We are open to candidates seeking a more flexible working week including flexible start/finish times, planned working from home and offer the ability to purchase additional leave.


Our goal is to shape a better world. And to do that, we need to make Arup a great place to work for everyone. If we want to solve problems for people around the world, we must seek and attract the best people from the widest talent pool and create an environment that supports and includes them. We aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their contribution. This includes people with disabilities so please discuss any adjustments that you may require throughout the selection and assessment process with your recruitment contact.


Shape your time with us

At Arup, you’ll be a welcomed member of the team with opportunities to participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador) or by joining one of our staff networks for women, culture or LGBT+ people. You’ll have access to a range of flexible working options – whether you’re a parent, a student, or just have a busy lifestyle - we recognise it’s not always easy to commit to standard working hours so if you're interested in flexible start and finish times, working from home or working part-time, please let us know when you apply, and we'll discuss how this could work in your role.


In light of the current coronavirus (COVID) we are continuously and frequently reviewing our recruitment and onboarding processes. The health and safety of our candidates, employees, and community is our top priority. We will be conducting any interviews via video conference and other digital collaboration tools during this time. As a firm, we will continuously adapt our approach in line with any government guidelines and regulations as this situation develops.



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