Water Catchment South Team Intern (12 months)

  • Job Reference: 18902
  • Date Posted: 13 May 2022
  • Employer: United Utilities
  • Location: Huntington, Cheshire
  • Salary: £20,000
  • Sector: Engineering & Technical, Science & Technology, Trades & Labour, Health, Safety, Environment & Quality
  • Job Type: Contract, Temporary
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Water Catchment South Team Intern (12 months)

Location: Huntington, Cheshire

Duration: 12 months

Salary: £20,000 per annum

Working Hours: 37.00 per week

Stat Date: September 2022


Help keep taps flowing and toilets flushing across the North West

At United Utilities, we’re not only essential service providers to over 7 million customers across the region but we’re also at the forefront of tackling some of the biggest climate and environmental challenges in a generation. All our people are essential in achieving our net zero targets and creating a more resilient North West.


It's a big job and a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly for our customers. From operating our pipes and improving water quality, to embracing new technologies and safeguarding the local environment – whether you're in our head office or out on site, there's always plenty going on.  Our internship programmes will give you the opportunity to learn first-hand how we make this happen.


We have been awarded with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognising the Best Places to Work in 2020.  We were ranked #19 company in the UK, based solely on the input of employees, who provide feedback on their jobs, work environments and companies on Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites.


You will be joining the United Utilities family of over 5,000 employees who all help to provide great service for our 7 million customers.


Our internship programmes will give you the opportunity to learn first-hand how we make this happen. Our undergraduate and graduate programmes are key to helping us support customers.


Role Overview

You will categorise and map all potential pollution risks in our borehole Safeguard Zones and along the Llangollen Canal with a handheld device using ArcGIS applications e.g. Collector, Survey123 and Field Maps. You will help to develop and improve the data collection software as this new method of data collection is rolled out to the team. You will be the link between our GIS and catchment teams helping to advance each other’s understanding.

You will use the data collected in the field to create risk based catchment maps to link with other areas of the business including Drinking Water Safety Plans (DWSP) and MyRisk. This data will be collated in the office to develop catchment risk scores to highlight areas of highest risk and provide information for future funding and engagement.

You will be using ArcGIS Online to upload, view and create maps to use both in the field and in the office. We currently have 3D models and aerial photography from one of our contractors which will need to be incorporated into the catchment risk mapping.

What we are looking for

  • You will be educated to degree level in a relevant discipline such as Geographical Information Systems or Geography and/or demonstrable proven relevant experience.
  • You will demonstrate good proficiency and working knowledge in applied GIS, GIS, Geography, Geoinformation technology and cartography and a solid foundation in ArcGIS desktop software and extensions.
  • We will need you to demonstrate a sound understanding of spatial data structures.
  • You need to be a good problem solver with strong numeracy, organisation skills and have good attention to detail skills.
  • Ideally you will have some environmental and agricultural knowledge although training will be provided.
  • You will be happy to work alone in a rural landscape, utilising our lone worker systems, as well as in the office environment.
  • You will need your own car with insurance for work use.



Don't worry, you won't be going it alone. Your mentor and manager will work with you as you progress through your placement and support you as you work towards your personal development goals.

When you join our Intern Scheme you'll receive a good salary, and you'll also be eligible for a bonus of up to 7.5%.

You get 26 days holiday to take during your placement, and at our fantastic Lingley Mere site we have an onsite gym, coffee shops and other great facilities. And while access to an award-winning pension scheme might not be top of your priorities right now, responsible employers like us make sure you get one anyway – you'll pay 5% in to your pot and you'll get an extra 10% from the company. And that's not the only way to save, as you'll be able to buy company shares as part of the employee share buy scheme.


Internship Duration

12 months


How to apply

All roles will be advertised on our United Utilities Career's Page. Roles will be advertised on selected University portals to encourage applications. All applications will need to be completed online through the United Utilities Careers Page.

We need fantastic people to enable us to deliver a great service to the public. We are committed to reaching and recruiting from every community and then supporting employees to achieve their full potential ensuring they feel valued and included, regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, sexual orientation, or social background.

If you are offered a job with us, a number of pre-employment checks need to be carried out before your appointment can be confirmed. Any offer of employment with United Utilities will be subject to a satisfactory checking report from the Disclosure Scotland / the Disclosure and Barring Service.