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Assistant/Graduate Air Quality Consultant

RPS offers expert consultancy advice on all aspects of air quality and odour. Our approach of upfront consultation with the local planning authority and regulators, detailed inside knowledge of the good practice methods of assessment, and robust responses to any post-submission queries, means our clients benefit from enhanced prospects for obtaining planning permission and other consents.

Our air quality assessments cover the impact of new developments on the surrounding environment and the suitability of the proposed site for the type of development in question. We use predictive models (including ADMS, AERMOD) and monitoring to assess the full range of air pollutants including industrial particulate and gaseous emissions, traffic pollutants, odour, dusts and bioaerosols. We also help clients gain BREEAM HEA02 credits.

We are looking for an Assistant Air Quality Consultant to join the busy and vibrant team based in our Brighton office. The post would suit a recent graduate seeking to enter the air quality profession and develop a career in that field. The successful candidate will work within an established team to provide air quality consultancy advice to clients, generally related to new development and/or industrial processes requiring assessment to support planning and permit applications. This air quality advice is generally required where developments are in Air Quality Management Areas or locations perceived to be at risk from poor air quality.

The principal technical activity involves carrying out air quality assessments, which includes:
• Liaising with clients, acquisition and collation of data
• Atmospheric dispersion modelling
• Air quality monitoring
• Calculations and processing of results
• Interpretation of data
• Production of reports, drawings, figures and tables.

This role requires developing expertise in specialist areas of air quality consultancy (for which full training will be provided), maintaining that expertise and keeping colleagues in the team updated as to developments in these areas. The successful candidate will be expected to show initiative and to work proactively with colleagues and management team to achieve the needs and objectives of the business.

An MSc or BSc in subjects with substantial content relating to at least one of the following: physics, chemistry, mathematics, meteorology and/or environmental studies.
Full driving licence required, as the role requires some field and site work.

Desirable Skills:
Proficient user of Microsoft office packages, specifically including Excel.

• 24 days holiday + bank holidays
• Option to purchase up to 5 extra days per year
• Company pension scheme
• Group disability scheme
• Share incentive scheme
• Cycle to work scheme
• Childcare vouchers

RPS is an equal opportunity employer.

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