Senior Hydrologist and Hydraulic Modeller

Roughan & O’Donovan (ROD) is looking to recruit a senior hydrologist and hydraulic modeller with a minimum of eight years’ experience for a permanent role within our expanding water engineering team.

Job type: Permanent role available with the possibility of full time, part time or flexible working arrangements

Salary: Competitive

Location: Sandyford, D. 18, Woodford, D.17 and Otley, Leeds

About the role

You will join a highly skilled, multidisciplinary team with experience and expertise across a range of technical disciplines, including environmental science, ecology, hydrology, hydrogeology and transportation.

Our portfolio features:

  • flood alleviation schemes

  • sustainable flood risk management planning and policy development

  • river restoration strategies

  • catchment pressure assessments

  • climate change adaptation strategies

  • bridges, highways, roads, public transport and greenways in Ireland and the UK

  • residential, health, education, office and retail developments

Current and recent projects include:


Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, you will:

  • undertake strategic flood risk assessments for statutory and non-statutory land-use plans in the UK and Ireland, including procurement of surveys, hydrological estimation and statistical analysis for gauged and ungauged catchments, attending public consultation events and performing the lead role for the SFRA team

  • undertake site specific flood risk assessments for public and private developments in the UK and Ireland, including residential, commercial, industrial, education, health and large-scale infrastructure development sectors

  • prepare Section 50 applications to the Office of Public Works (OPW)

  • advise structures, earthworks/alignment and drainage teams on the sizing of bridge openings, culvert arrangements, road levels and outfall arrangements

  • liaise with transportation, environmental, geotechnical and structures colleagues to identify constraints and opportunities, improve routes, drainage requirements, flood defences and coastal protection works

  • assist in the preparation of the brief of evidence for Oral Hearings

  • provide support at Oral Hearings

  • coach and mentor graduates, design engineers and senior design engineers

  • undertake hydrological assessments and hydraulic modelling using HEC-RAS, Flood Modeller and Infoworks ICM amongst others


  • Eight+ years’ relevant experience 

  • Honours degree in civil/environmental engineering (Level 8 in the National Framework of Qualifications or equivalent)

  • Ability to work in a team and/or independently

  • Experience of hydrological estimation methodologies

  • Experience of strategic flood risk assessment

  • Experience of site-specific flood risk assessment

  • Experience of 1D-2D flood modelling (rivers and watercourses) and ICM

  • Good organisational skills

  • Strong project management skills and experience

  • Leadership, presentation and communication skills, including report writing

  • Ability to supervise and lead/mentor junior staff

  • Chartered membership of a recognised professional body

  • Fluent/highly proficient in spoken and written English


  • Master’s degree in civil/environmental engineering (Level 9 in the National Framework of Qualifications or equivalent)

  • Experience and knowledge of river restoration policy and practice

  • Experience in the preparation of Section 50 applications to the OPW

  • Full driving licence

  • Experience in the design of site specific and regional SuDS (sustainable drainage systems) strategies

  • Knowledge of national, regional and local drainage policy (UK and Ireland)

  • Knowledge of Appropriate Assessment (AA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) processes

  • Experience in the preparation of contract documents for infrastructure and development projects

  • Experience in the preparation of the brief of evidence for Oral Hearings

  • Experience performing the role of expert witness at Oral Hearings

  • Experience of constraints studies, options selection process, multicoloured manual/CBA process for flood alleviation schemes and large infrastructure projects in the UK and Ireland

About Roughan & O'Donovan

Roughan & O’Donovan (ROD) is expert in planning, designing and managing major infrastructure projects for public and private sector clients across Ireland and the UK. An independently owned firm, we employ a team of more than 200 people, of over 20 different nationalities, in our Dublin and UK offices.

When you join ROD, you will become part of a team recognised for outstanding technical skill and passion for excellence. You will have access to the exceptional training opportunities our award-winning CPD programme provides and enjoy a workplace that supports growth, flexibility and creativity. 

We offer health and wellbeing packages, flexible working and life event supports, so whatever challenges life may bring, you can feel secure in the knowledge that you will be taken care of.

We are a friendly team with an active social committee. From surfing weekends and ski events to cycling challenges and five-a-side, you'll find lots of ways to get involved.

To apply

Roughan & O’Donovan is an equal opportunities employer. 

Roughan & O'Donovan will retain, for at least one year, all records arising through the recruitment process for compliance purposes in line with the Employment Equality Acts, 1998-2015.

Roughan & O'Donovan is not accepting unsolicited CVs from search firms.  CVs submitted by search firms without a valid written search agreement, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the sole property of Roughan & O'Donovan, and no fee will be paid in the event of candidate(s) being hired.

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