Senior Coastal Geomorphologist

Do you have proven experience in coastal and estuarine geomorphology?

Due to growing demand across a range of exciting projects we are looking to recruit and have an exciting opportunity for a Coastal Geomorphologist within our Geomorphology team.  Current coastal projects include flood and coastal erosion schemes in Cardiff and North Wales, coastal defences on the Isles of Scilly and coastal flood protection/managed realignment projects across the south coast (at Langstone Harbour, Thorney Island and at various sites along the Kent and Sussex coasts – through the Environment Agency’s Collaborative Delivery Framework, where JBA are the consultant/designers for all projects across the Southeast).  Other high profile coastal projects include large-scale schemes at Southampton (the River Itchen Flood Alleviation Scheme), Pevensey to Eastbourne and Hurst to Lymington.

The successful candidate for this post will be required to undertake geomorphology related fieldwork and desk studies for a variety of design, build and restoration schemes. The successful candidate will lead restoration projects and will have a working knowledge of environmental compliance and will support our wider environmental and engineering teams to input into and deliver projects such as asset maintenance, refurbishment and replacement and flood defence design and build schemes.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who is a strong communicator and team player, with a proven ability to work as a key member of a multi-disciplinary team.  Candidates should be prepared to travel throughout the UK and Ireland and spend occasional nights away from home.

The job will involve:

  • Management of projects and small project teams and responsibility for delivering projects to time, budget and quality requirements.
  • Undertaking site visits to assess habitat restoration opportunities and coastal and estuarine change.
  • Undertaking feasibility studies, in conjunction with the wider environmental team.
  • Undertaking baseline coastal process assessments and appraising engineering options to support scheme development.
  • Working closely with JBA coastal modelling teams.
  • Using and analysing datasets, GIS and modelling outputs.
  • Writing concise and logical reports, including for example policy research, technical analysis of hydraulic datasets, recommending policies.
  • Presenting at client meetings or project workshops.
  • Stakeholder engagement, with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Assisting with tenders for commissions.
  • Managing specialist sub-contractors.
  • Support projects in the UK and Internationally.


Our hybrid and flexible working mean we will consider candidates for several office locations.

Further information:

Contact Matt Hemsworth, JBA’s Lead Geomorphologist on 07435 963217.

Reference: RSO22-01
Closing date: 31 March 2022
Location: Southern England
Contact: Matt Hemsworth 07435 963217

Qualifications and experience

Applicants should have a geography or science related qualification, degree or equivalent and proven experience delivering work within a professional environment.

Chartered status (ICE, CIWEM, or CGeog) is important to JBA and valued by our clients therefore applicants should be chartered or be willing to work towards becoming chartered.

We are looking for well organised, motivated, enthusiastic, flexible individuals who can work on their own or as part of a team.  You should have proven coastal and estuarine geomorphology experience and an interest in water and the environment with strong analytical/problem solving skills and be able to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally.  The role is suitable for individuals who wish to develop to take on additional responsibility as their career develops.

The right candidate will be:

  • Organised and able to balance priorities.
  • Pragmatic thinker and solution finder.
  • A good communicator and mentor.
  • Self-starter, who manages own workload.
  • Excellent communicator.

Essential skills required:

  • Project Management.
  • An understanding of coastal processes and geomorphology.
  • An understanding of sediment transport, erosion and deposition processes.
  • Experience working within a multi-disciplinary design team.
  • Experience of undertaking site-based and desk based coastal and estuarine geomorphology assessments
  • Experience analysing and using coastal and estuarine modelling results.
  • Water Framework Directive (WFD) working knowledge.
  • Experience using Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
  • Report writing and quality assurance.
  • A full UK Driving licence.

The following skills would be desirable:

  • Contract management.
  • Tender preparation.
  • Policy and strategy development.

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