Water Quality Intern (12 months)

  • Job Reference: 18903
  • Date Posted: 13 May 2022
  • Employer: United Utilities
  • Location: Warrington, Cheshire
  • Salary: £20,000
  • Sector: Engineering & Technical, Trades & Labour, Health, Safety, Environment & Quality
  • Job Type: Contract, Temporary
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Water Quality Intern (12 months)

Location: Warrington, UK

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

In the Environment, Planning and Innovation department you will join our Environmental Regulation and Technical Expertise Team, providing support to the business to ensure we obtain the environmental permits we require for our activities which discharge to the water environment. 

In this role you will work closely with project teams who are delivering new schemes to meet environmental targets and also with our regulators, the Environment Agency. 

Job accountabilities will include supporting with:

  • Making recommendations and influencing UU capital schemes to ensure the EA's regulatory requirements are met
  • Making environmental permit applications in time to meet regulatory and business needs
  • Helping to manage and track a multimillion pound budget
  • Carry out assessments on the impact changes in our effluent can have on the receiving watercourse
  • Producing accurate permitting information through the use of GIS systems
  • Development of key relationships with internal stakeholders and external regulators including attending industry wide working groups

To apply you need to:

  • You will be aiming for a minimum of a 2:1 in a related degree such as Geography, Environmental Studies or Sustainability studies and a student in your penultimate year at university.
  • You must have a strong and well-developed understanding of the topic area, and a desire to deepen your knowledge on Environmental Regulation and permitting.
  • You should possess excellent written and interpersonal skills and have the ability to communicate and influence across multiple stakeholder groups, including being able to creatively use a range of media and presentation skills for qualitative and quantitative information in a means that can be understood by all.
  • You must be motivated and enthusiastic, understand the importance of team work and possess ambition and drive to succeed and make the most out of your internship.
  • You should be able to be comfortable working flexibly across a range of tasks and activities to deadlines, be able to prioritise your time and be proficient with Microsoft Office applications.



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.