Jacobs Principal Hydrologist / Technical Director, Hydrology in Wokingham, United Kingdom

Principal Hydrologist / Technical Director, Hydrology


JACOBS is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical and management services. We offer a full-spectrum of consultancy support to commercial, government and industrial clients across many sectors. It is a leading service provider in planning and environmental consultancy and advice, supporting projects at all stages from initial conception through to construction and maintenance, across the UK and internationally.

At Jacobs we provide the resources to turn great ideas into reality, and we’re looking for the most talented and passionate individuals out there to be our next generation of leaders.

Our Environment, Maritime & Resilience business provides a focus for advising our clients on sustainability issues including renewable energy, low carbon economies, impacts of climate change and waste and resource management. Our environmental capabilities comprise of in excess of 1000 staff based predominantly in the UK, but with reach into the Middle East and in India.

To meet our growing UK business needs and future development aspirations we are looking for a Principal Hydrologist. The successful individual will support a range of projects for clients in major public and private sector organisations and willbecome part of a respected and ambitious company with excellent career prospects and international opportunities.

Applications are welcomed from candidates who are seeking reduced hours contract s and those returning from a career break. We offer flexible working patterns and will discuss these options and the support available with candidates at interview.


You will be part of a national hydrology discipline working on projects across the UK and occasionally beyond. You will work for Local Authorities, the Environment Agency, the utilities sector and for some private sector clients, and will be involved in supporting some of the most significant and high profile infrastructure projects in the UK and beyond. Responsibilities include:

  • Providing hydrological input to support our activities across a range of sectors, including flood risk management, environmental impact assessment and water resources.

  • Support company-wide expertise in hydrological analysis for fluvial, coastal and urban applications.

  • Supervising and assisting junior and graduate hydrologists within the Water Environment team in your local office and across the UK, contributing to on-the-job and formal training and supporting our technical excellence initiatives.

  • Writing and reviewing technical reports.

  • Technical management of hydrological studies ensuring technical excellence and timely and within budget delivery.



  • High quality degree relevant to the water environment

  • Chartered through a relevant Professional Institution

  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills

  • Experience of liaising with project managers

  • Good supervising skills

  • QA and review of hydrological analysis undertaken by others


  • Post Graduate qualification in a related subject

  • Experience in flood estimation techniques for river, urban and/or coastal flooding applications

  • Knowledge and practice of the following software: WinFAP FEH, FEH Web-Service, ReFH1 and ReFH2

  • Experience of flood risk management techniques including option appraisals

  • Proficiency in using GIS software such as MapInfo/ArcGIS/QGIS

  • Experience of deriving hydrological input into water resources studies and undertaking modelling such as Catchmod and HYSIM

  • Experience of urban drainage hydrology and modelling

At Jacobs, we help prepare people for new opportunities and challenges. With positions at every level, openings in multiple disciplines, expertise in a range of markets and offices around the globe, we create an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive. From our competitive benefits program to our Health and Safety initiative of Beyond Zero workplace injuries, we believe that you’ll find a flourishing career here at Jacobs.

Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.

JACOBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all.

Primary Location United Kingdom-United Kingdom Countrywide-Wokingham

Other Locations United Kingdom-United Kingdom Countrywide-Leeds, United Kingdom-United Kingdom Countrywide-Birmingham, United Kingdom-United Kingdom Countrywide-London

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