Assistant Consultant

Cain Bio-Engineering

Fordingbridge, Hampshire
£21,000 - £25,000, depending on experience

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: water & hydrology

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

We are seeking an Assistant Consultant for the assessment, design and delivery of freshwater and tidal-related habitat restoration works including; river restoration, erosion control, infrastructure & dam repairs and Wetland habitat enhancement. This is a full-time, permanent post. The Company operates nationally, so the post will require occasional overnight stays away to service consultancy survey and design assignments.

This is an ideal opportunity for the professional development of river restoration, aquatic engineering, surveying and geomorphologic/IT design skills within a committed, experienced and well-established team.

Cain Bio-Engineering is a specialist design/build company operating from its recently expanded premises in the rural Avon valley south of Salisbury. We employ teams of design consultants and skilled river technicians to implement our projects. The company operates throughout the UK providing design and construction services for schemes ranging from river restoration and erosion control to dam repairs and river engineering works both in tidal and fresh water environments. The successful applicant will play a key role in the company’s development plan with the aim of progressing to consultant status based on ability and experience. On-going training will be given.



To supply technical survey and IT design assistance to both the Consultancy and Operations teams as required.


Reports directly to Consultants and/or Managing Director. Due to the varied nature of the role and tasks involved, close liaison with other members of the teams is essential.



  • Assist with production of documents including drawings (Corel Draw), reports, proposals and cost estimates;
  • Plan and undertake site investigations in and alongside waterways;
  • Assist with site topographical surveys (level and staff);
  • Assist with programme management; and
  • General assistance for the operations team including; obtaining quotes from suppliers and subcontractors, production of utility packs, producing bills of quantities from drawings, preparation of risk assessment and method statements, project and installation supervision.

IT & Technical Drawing

  • Production of high quality technical design drawings using GIS/Corel Draw.
  • General administration support – to include managing enquiries and electronic filing systems.


  • Assist Consultants/MD with management tasks as required.
  • Ensuring that work meets all relevant legislative standards including Health & Safety and environmental requirements.
  • Other general duties as required.



  • An environmental, engineering or science based qualification; or
  • Equivalent commercial or practical experience in the field;
  • Understand small business functions, ecology, river engineering, river management, fluvial geomorphology or river restoration;
  • Use of Corel Draw and GIS packages and /or demonstrate an ability to quickly and competently learn new IT software packages (in-house training will be provided).
  • Confident writer of technical reports;
  • Working knowledge of MS Office suite, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Physically fit and able to swim, work can involve walking for prolonged periods along river banks and in rivers/lakes/tidal zones;
  • Full clean driving licence;
  • Good interpersonal skills and be both a good team player and can work unsupervised;
  • Creative / innovative.


  • A minimum of 2+ years’ work experience;
  • CSCS card holder (training will be provided if required);


Salary: £21K to £25K, depending on experience.

Benefits: Pension and Health Scheme upon completion of probationary period.


Please email a CV and covering letter to:, or by post to Cain Bio-Engineering Ltd, The Old Dairy, Woodgreen Road, Breamore, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 2AB


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