Water Resources Intern - Summer Placement (Jul-Sep)

  • Job Reference: 18894
  • Date Posted: 13 May 2022
  • Employer: United Utilities
  • Location: Warrington, Cheshire
  • Salary: £20,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: pro-rata based on duration
  • Sector: Engineering & Technical, Science & Technology, Health, Safety, Environment & Quality
  • Job Type: Temporary
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Water Resources Intern - Summer Placement

Location: Warrington, UK

Duration: 3 months

Salary: £20,000 per annum (pro-rata based on duration)

Working Hours: 37.00 per week

Stat Date: July 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.


Role Overview

In the Environment, Planning and Innovation department you will join our Environmental Regulation and Strategy team, a forward-thinking team working to ensure the sustainability of water resources, considering wider societal needs, environmental improvement and working across sectors.

You will support the delivery of a water resources plan for the future of the company.

Job accountabilities will include:

  • Supporting the Decision Making Work-stream, helping to clearly demonstrate our adaptive plan.
  • Support in the refinement of the Water Resources Management Plan technical appendix, helping to evaluate and justify how it has met the relevant guidance and comments from stakeholders.
  • Creatively look at how best to present technical or complex information to the general public.
  • Getting involved in different elements of water resources planning that are ongoing at the time.


Don't worry, we won't throw you in at the deep end. You'll have mentors and managers with you as you progress through your placement and support you as you work towards your personal development goals.


What we are looking for

  • You will be aiming for a minimum of a 2:1 in a related degree such as Geography, Environmental Studies and Hydrology and a student in your penultimate year at university.
  • You must be enthusiastic about the topic area and demonstrable experience of researching and acknowledging water resources and drought within independent studies and/or work.
  • You should possess excellent written and interpersonal skills and have the ability to communicate and influence across all levels within the organisation, including being able to creatively use a range of media and presentation skills for qualitative and quantitative information.
  • 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 you 10 week 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.



If you want to join an FTSE 100 company that wants to disrupt the water industry and you want to make a positive change in the world we would like to hear from you.

We celebrate and support diversity and are committed to ensuring equal opportunities for both employees and applicants.

Due to the length of your programme you will be engaged via our resourcing partner Rullion.


Internship Duration

3 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.