Soil Scientist / Surveyor

Closing Date - Open

Location: UK wide

Salary: Competitive

ADAS is the leading supplier of independent technical, environmental and farm business advice to the UK’s farmers and growers, land managers and related organisations. We provide a wide range of specialist consultancy services to individual business, undertake leading edge research and deliver knowledge transfer and advice programmes on behalf of government and industry organisations.

ADAS is part of the RSK Group plc which is one of Europe's leading multidisciplinary environmental consultancies and was in the 2020 Sunday Times PwC Top Track 250 which rates the success of private companies in the UK.  There has never been a more exciting time to join ADAS. 

Job Description

We are looking to recruit motivated and ambitious Soil Surveyors / Scientists to fill roles within our well established and expanding Agriculture and Soils team based in the UK delivering land drainage and soil based consultancy.

The successful candidates will be involved in a wide range of projects across all our business sectors including agriculture, cross country pipelines and cables, infrastructure, residential and commercial developments. The roles will be office based with site-based work.

The successful candidates will undertake soil survey fieldwork and produce written reports for Agricultural Land Classification (ALC), Soil Resource Assessment and other related projects for clients.  They would be required manage data to support technical reporting, planning applications and EIA, liaise with clients, landowners, contractors, statutory authorities and third parties.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Delivery into a range of soil and water contracts.  This will involve project planning, organising, managing delivery and production of reports to ensure that work is completed to the required standards, is delivered on time, meets the project profit target, and is delivered to the clients’ satisfaction.
  • Analyse data and learn to use ADAS mapping software packages.
  • Lead and support field and work site visits.
  • To develop skills with a view of registration with a professional body if not already e.g The Institution of Agricultural Engineers or British Society Soil Science.
  • Contribute to business development activities, including marketing of Soil and Water engineering services and sales.

Attributes Required:

Applicants will need to demonstrate/ possess the following:

  • Hold a degree or a postgraduate qualification in Soil Science, or a related degree (physical geology, environmental science) with relevant practical experience.
  • Have experience of soil surveying and knowledge of Agricultural Land Classification (ALC)
  • Be able to demonstrate excellent report writing skills.
  • Be accustomed to working outside in all weather.
  • Willingness and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to understand and communicate verbally and in writing in a clear and concise manner in English.
  • Good computer literate with the ability to use Microsoft office programs including Teams, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Full driving licence and own transport.
  • Flexibility in the range of work undertaken
  • Ability to develop skills with a view of registration with a professional body if not already e.g The Institution of Agricultural Engineers or British Society Soil Science.

Other Desirable Attributes

Knowledge of the following points would be desirable:

  • Agricultural drainage in the UK.
  • The implications of construction projects on agricultural land.
  • An understanding of UK agricultural practice and business issues.

Salary and benefits:

  • Negotiable depending on experience – Consultant and Senior Consultant grades required
  • Contributory Pension Scheme and Company Life Assurance.
  • A flexible benefits programme including private health care.
  • Regular training and career development.
  • We encourage Continuing Professional Development
  • A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays and flexible working hours.

To apply, please visit the RSK Careers Portal

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