An exciting year for Emma working on our graduate scheme rotation


JBA Emma Wright, Assistant Ecologist on our graduate scheme rotation
Emma out on site conducting a survey

Our flexible graduate scheme offers exciting career opportunities in Engineering, Environmental Management, Software/Systems Development and Water Management/Geoscience. Enabling you to contribute to exciting and innovative projects whilst working alongside technical specialists and industry experts.

With our latest graduate recruitment intake opening in October, we thought we’d ask some of our graduates already on the scheme to tell you more about the fantastic work they get involved with. First up we have Emma Wright who joined us last year as an Assistant Ecologist based in our Doncaster office.

Over the past year, I have learnt an incredible breadth of knowledge in such a short space of time. The graduate scheme has allowed me to work for different disciplinary teams including ecology and geomorphology, and now I’m just starting out in the fisheries team in Saltaire.

Working with a variety of different people, I’ve been able to combine and facilitate knowledge sharing across my different placements. For example, on-site visits, I have been able to bring in my breadth of knowledge and learn new key skills at the same time.

Preliminary Ecological Appraisals with the ecology team

JBA Emma Wright, Assistant Ecologist on our graduate scheme rotation
Emma out on site conducting a survey

For the ecology team, I undertook protected species surveys for Otter, Water Vole, Newt, Badger and Bats. I conducted Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEA) by undertaking a Phase 1 Habitat Survey of the site boundaries. Using JBA’s GISmapp® software allowed me to gain georeferenced photographs of ecological important features, which can then be mapped into ArcGIS.

Surveys ranged from catchment walkovers to individual sites. One such PEA was completed of the River Don and River Urie, in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire to aid a Flood Protection Study. By assessing the current habitats that existed we could highlight the potential limitations that protected species may pose to the works.

Hydraulic modelling with the geomorphology team

Working within the geomorphology team, I continued developing my ecological skills by completing more PEA’s whilst undertaking hydromorphology walkover surveys simultaneously. I was also able to learn how to build and run hydraulic modelling for:

  • River restoration purposes – how will the addition of root plates influence local flood risk?
  • Investigating property development and their associated flood risk through Flood Risk Assessments (FRA) by using Flood Modeller and TUFLOW.

Finally, I’ve just joined the fisheries team and am thoroughly enjoying putting all my ecological and geomorphology experience into practice whilst gaining new knowledge of eel pass ability within channels whilst on-site visits.

Overall, I would highly recommend the graduate rotation scheme. You will get the opportunity to meet loads of people and work on the same project but from a different perspective. You also get to travel around the UK and live in different cities and areas which is great for your own personal development and communication skills.

Hear what Emma has to say about joining our graduate scheme

Want to know more?

Email Emma Wright for more information on her experiences as a graduate at JBA. You can also visit our graduate recruitment web pages to meet some of our other existing graduates and to find out more information on how to apply.

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