Gondolin Land & Water



(non-Graduate Applications also considered)

Scotland, UK

Start Date: Negotiable (Q1 2024)


A fantastic opportunity has become available for a Full Time Hydrologist / Environmental Consultant to join an Environmental and Civil Engineering consultancy based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Gondolin Land and Water Ltd was formed in September 2021 and has grown from strength to strength working across the UK in a number of sectors such as: residential, onshore renewable energy, commercial, rural tourism and recreation, mining and minerals and retail, industrial & manufacturing. We undertake a variety of exciting projects with a range of clients from individual landowners to market leading developers in their fields. Full details of our company and experience are on our website here: https://gondolinltd.co.uk/ 

Due to an ever-expanding order-book we are seeking an enthusiastic and ambitious individual who has a particular interest in the hydrology / hydrogeology and the environmental consulting space where they will gain valuable practical experience, both in terms of desk based technical / assessment work and site based activities.

The individual we seek has a unique opportunity to join a successful, recently formed company and become a valuable team member who can influence and help shape the future direction and aspirations of the business. As such there is no limit to the candidate’s development, growth and career progression – this will be based truly on merit and not arbitrary ‘box ticking’.

The role would be very well suited for those who have recently / are graduating in 2024 with an Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering degree and those with a specific interest in Hydrology, Hydrogeology and Flood Risk Assessment.

Company Core Values

We want the business to be an energetic, stimulating, fun and successful place to work – our core values are:

A People Led Business

Innovative and Entrepreneurial

Technical Excellence

Client Focused

A Fun and Friendly Place to Work

Climate Conscious

About You


  • Ability to problem solve and apply knowledge to ‘non-standard’ situations
  • Strong analytical ability and attention to detail
  • Ability to prepare concise and professional reports
  • Full UK driving license
  • Ability to communicate in fluent English
  • Minimum degree requirement: 2:1 in subject field relating to the role
  • Well organised and good time-keeping
  • Competent in Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to lone work and be away from home for short periods of time
  • Ability to be practical and ‘hands on’
  • Interest and passion for environmental preservation and sustainability
  • Able to multitask and prioritise tasks
  • Self-motivated and a desire to learn new skills and increase knowledge
  • Eligible to work in the UK
  • Work openly and honestly in a team environment
  • Friendly and well natured
  • Interest and passion for renewable energy and the transition to ‘Net Zero’
  • Practical experience with GIS / QGIS software


  • Practical experience with AutoCAD software
  • Experience with flood modelling software and / or hydrological modelling packages
  • 4x4 / off road driving experience
  • Relevant summer / work placement experience
  • Outdoor courses / experience
  • Access to own vehicle
  • Based within a commutable distance to the office
  • Relevant Masters degree in their field of interest

Summary Role Description

You will join as a Graduate Hydrologist or Environmental Consultant and will be allocated a suitable mentor / line manager to oversee your training and development.

The majority of your role will be desk based, however site work will form an integral part of your role and development. This will involve being away from home for short periods of time (e.g. days / the occasional week), therefore the chosen candidate must have a full UK driving licence, be comfortable working away from home within the UK and comfortable driving different vehicles (i.e. small hire vans, company 4x4 etc.).

You will be provided the relevant training, equipment and materials to support you in your role and will be encouraged to actively pursue particular work streams / tasks which you are most suited to. Regular reviews will be conducted by your line manager to enable you to provide relevant feedback – we encourage an open and honest culture where staff are free and able to speak their minds and offer constructive feedback.

Within your role at Gondolin you will have the opportunity to gain experience in a wide range of applications across both the Water Environment and Environmental Consulting space depending on your educational background and career aspirations. Gondolin are involved in projects in a range of sectors and support developments from early feasibility stages, through planning and beyond to construction design and site supervision.

You will be responsible for contributing to the delivery of a variety of projects through the undertaking of fieldwork, technical assessment and reporting with the support of senior staff members.

Examples of the type of work which you would typically be involved with or responsible for are shown below. Clearly the personal attributes, qualities and training of the chosen candidate would be taken into account for the allocation of technical tasks:

  • Flood Risk Assessment  
  • 1D/2D Hydraulic Flood Modelling
  • Water Quality / Quantity Monitoring (i.e. water sampling and hydrometric installations)
  • Hydrological and hydrogeological modelling
  • Fieldwork - various
  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Project Management
  • Preparation of Pollution Prevention Plans
  • Preparation of Construction Environmental Management Plans
  • Private Water Supply Risk Assessments
  • Design of natural flood management schemes
  • Preparing AutoCAD / GIS based technical and spatial drawings
  • Groundwater Dependent Terrestrial Ecosystems (GWDTE) assessments
  • Peat Slide Hazard Risk Assessments
  • Peat Management and Restoration Plans
  • River Restoration Assessments

This list should be considered a guide and not exhaustive.

Renumeration Package

As a successful small business, we are able to offer a very competitive salary with the following additional benefits:

  • A flexible approach to work location and ‘hours of work’
  • Holidays: 35 days plus 9 public holidays
  • Additional holiday days can be accrued per month through working additional hours
  • Employer Life Assurance
  • Employer private health care
  • Employer pension scheme
  • Base salary offering between £25,000-£29,000 p.a – negotiable and based on the individual, suitability to the role and any relevant work experience
  • Company paid team building events and excursions
  • Paid annual membership of chosen professional accreditation body
  • Salary reviewed on a 6-month basis

The chosen candidate would be expected to complete a statutory 6-month probation period. Upon successful completion of this the employee would be enrolled onto the various employer schemes (healthcare, life assurance etc).

Route to Chartership

The management team are Chartered Members of their chosen professional accreditation bodies and will fully support and mentor the candidate in their chosen path towards Chartership. This includes paying the annual membership fees of the candidates chosen professional body.

Work Location

Our office is located at 15 Quayside Street in Leith, EH6 6EJ, Edinburgh. All staff typically spend the majority of the week working from the office, however there is the flexibility for home working an agreed number of days per week. Such details would be discussed / agreed with the candidate as part of the interview process. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will be based within a commutable distance of the office and would be office based for at least 2-3 days per week.

How to Apply

The application deadline is 16th February 2024. Please send your CV along with details on when you would be available to start working if successful to enquiries@gondolinltd.co.uk

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