Soil Scientist

Closing Date - Open

Location: UK wide

Salary: Negotiable depending on experience

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

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 on either a full time / part time or casual basis.

Purpose of Job

The successful candidates will be involved in a wide range of projects across all our business sectors including cross country pipelines and cables, major infrastructure, residential and commercial developments.

The projects will be located throughout the UK, sometimes in remote and challenging locations. We therefore require dedicated and enthusiastic Soil Surveyors / Scientists who enjoy outdoor working with a strong aptitude for hard and physical work, excellent communication skills and a willingness to develop their skills and abilities within this busy team.

The applicant must be able to travel throughout the UK and stay away from home for short periods.  They must also be comfortable lone working in an agricultural setting where livestock may be present.

Key Responsibilities

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 will be required manage data to support technical reporting, planning applications and EIA, liaise with clients, landowners, contractors, statutory authorities and other third parties.

Attributes Required

ADAS requires its employees to demonstrate energy, responsibility and curiosity, which lead to the delivery of results. In addition to these general attributes 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 scientist) 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 the full suite of Microsoft office programs.
  • 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
  • Contributory Pension Scheme and Life Assurance
  • We encourage Continuing Professional Development
  • A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays and private health care?

To apply, please go to the RSK Careers Portal.

All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK/European Economic Area.

We operate an open and relaxed management culture that nurtures continuous improvement and innovation. This also enables us to achieve a staff turnover rate that's consistently below the industry average. Adopting a proactive growth strategy helps us to run a sustainable and profitable business while providing new and exciting career opportunities for all.

As an entrepreneurial organisation, we encourage and foster the growth of our employees. When joining RSK, a mentor works with you to ensure you set and achieve your goals. We want to accelerate your professional development, including opportunities for a promotional fast track.

Further, retaining staff is the building block of a successful organisation. As a company, RSK wants to ensure you maintain a healthy work life balance, with many opportunities for flexible working hours, locality flexibility, social activities, and community involvement projects.

The company prides itself on providing its staff with a rewarding and challenging career, encouraging Continuous Professional Development, allowing employees to reach their full potential.  Having been recently placed within the top10 UK environmental consultancies (Environmental Analyst, December 2017) and number 42 in the Sunday Times Fastrack 200 which rates the success of private companies in the UK, there has never been a more exciting time to join. 

All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK/European Economic Area. 

RSK is committed to our Corporate Responsibility strategy. We seek to minimise our impact on the environment; to engage positively with the community and education groups; to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to work; and to promote Corporate Responsibility throughout our supply chain.

RSK Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer

For more information please call Lisa Hallington, HR Business Partner on 07384 212094 or email

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