Graduate Environmental Consultants

Aether Limited

£26,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy, environmental management, sustainability

Closing date: Friday, 26th April 2024   3 days left

Assistant Consultant

We are looking for highly numerate, pro-active graduates, with environmental knowledge and a passion for skill development and continued learning.

This is an exciting full-time opportunity in a fast-growing organisation that is delivering a real impact on air quality and carbon emissions reductions worldwide.

We are looking for a highly numerate consultant with strong problem-solving skills and an interest in improving air quality and addressing climate change. We value staff who enjoy taking the initiative, who work effectively with colleagues, and who produce work to a high technical standard.

At Aether, our unwavering commitment to success is deeply rooted in the belief that our people are our greatest asset. We take immense pride in fostering a culture where every individual is not just an employee but an integral part of our business.

Who is Aether?

Aether is a niche environmental consultancy specialising in the compilation, reporting, and review of emission inventories and projections, and the development of sectoral policies and measures for business, local and national governments globally. With some of the world’s leading scientific experts in the fields of Climate Change and Air Quality we have built a strong reputation with customers and collaborators around the world by delivering innovation and technical excellence.

As an owner-managed business Aether has a strong culture, founded on happy, motivated and valued employees and on delivering positive outcomes for all stakeholders. The four founders have grown the company to its current complement of thirty-eight and the company is at a very exciting stage as it transitions from an owner-managed business into a scalable platform that is well positioned for growth. 

The role

Successful applicants will contribute to a wide-ranging project portfolio across Aether, as well as business development tasks. The post holders will spend most of their time working on technical projects, undertaking data handling/processing, desk-based research, and presenting/discussing the results with the project managers. Contributions to other project areas such as report writing, presentations and meetings with customers can also be expected, as well as some administrative tasks. The post holder will be encouraged to work independently and as part of a team where appropriate. 

Required Experience and Skills


A 1st or 2:1 degree in a relevant scientific subject or evidence of equivalent skills/experience.


Graduates or early career professionals. 

Skills & knowledge

  • Excellent numerical and data handling skills are essential. Proficiency in, and demonstrated application of MS Excel techniques
  • Good organisational skills, including time management. The ability to work across simultaneous tasks, effectively coordinating and prioritising work with project teams
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • A high standard of presentation and report writing
  • Fluent English is essential

The following would also be of benefit:

  • Knowledge of, and a passion for, improving air quality and addressing climate change
  • Proficiency in other languages would be advantageous
  • Proficiency in, and demonstrated application of, at least one programming language (e.g. Python) would be advantageous
  • Familiarity with spatial mapping software e.g. GIS


As an owner-led organisation, with a staff made up primarily of scientists committed to tackling Air Quality and Climate Change, Aether has developed a very strong culture of staff well-being, individual empowerment, and a strong sense of doing what’s right for all stakeholders. The right candidate for this role will need to exhibit:

  • Alignment with, and constant consideration of, the goals and culture of the organisation, acting as a role model to the entire organisation.
  • An understanding of the specific nuances of a small and dynamic organisation and a willingness to be hands-on to get things done.

Working at Aether

Aether is committed to bringing the best technical knowledge, data management and advisory services to enable our clients to make good decisions. We have a strong company ethos, and we have built long-term relationships with our clients and a strong forward pipeline of projects. We pride ourselves on being seen by staff as a positive place to work, and we are committed to maintaining our supportive, collaborative, and positive working environment while delivering great value to our clients.

We have a flexible work model with staff located across the UK, with a main office in Oxford and local hubs in Bristol and London. Our flexible model aims to support a work-life blend that meets the career aspirations of our staff and the needs of our clients. 

Aether is committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion at every level of the business, and is a Disability Confident Employer. As members of the scheme, Aether will ensure that any applicant who has a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010, is eligible to request that their application be considered for a guaranteed interview for any role, providing the applicant meets the essential role criteria set out in the job description. Please contact [email protected] for further information and to discuss any adjustments that might be needed regarding your application.

Remuneration & Benefits

Starting salary from £26k with a performance-related bonus and a benefits package that includes:

  • Positive company culture focused on happy, motivated, and valued employees.
  • Regular team building events and conservation days.
  • Company pension contribution set at 8% of salary.
  • Flexible approach to working and hybrid working options.
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay.
  • 32 days’ holiday per calendar year (bank holidays included) with 3 days’ additional fully paid leave between Christmas and New Year. Additional leave with length of service.
  • Professional training fund of up to £1,000 per year per person.
  • Bike to work scheme.


To apply for this position, please email your CV and a covering letter to [email protected], clearly stating “Assistant Consultant” in the email subject.

All applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK.