Groundwater specialist / Hydrogeologist


Groundwater specialist / Hydrogeologist
APS Level 6

The Organisation and the Team

The Department of the Environment and Energy designs and implements Australian Government policy and programs to protect and conserve the environment, water and heritage, promote climate action, and provide adequate, reliable and affordable energy.

The Supervising Scientist Branch (SSB) is part of the Department of the Environment and Energy’s Heritage, Reef and Marine Division.

Our core functions are to:

  • Ensure the protection of the Alligator Rivers Region from the effects of uranium mining and encourage best practice in wetland conservation and management.
  • Protect the environment through environmental research and monitoring, environmental supervision, audit and inspection.

The Role/Duties

We are seeking an experienced and self-motivated candidate with groundwater assessment / hydrogeological skills and relevant demonstrated experience to oversee our groundwater assessment and advice activities. This is a full time permanent position based in Darwin, Northern Territory. Duties will include:

  • Coordination of internal and external specialist reviews and preparation of assessment reports on mining and rehabilitation plans, reports and proposal.
  • Engagement with specialist consultants and staff from other government agencies on complex hydrogeological matters, including management of external contracts.
  • Participation in mine supervision and assessment activities including mine site inspections, stakeholder meetings, incident investigations and provision of advice on groundwater issues (externally and internally).
  • Provide advice to assist in the Supervising Scientist’s research program, undertake desk-top and field-based hydrogeological investigations, carry out detailed hydrogeological data analyses and contribute to scientific reports.
  • Assisting with internal and external communication and management of key groundwater issues, with a focus on groundwater management and mitigation strategies to prevent environmental impacts.

The Opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of leading edge research and analysis which contributes to mining rehabilitation and environmental protection in the pristine Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory.

The Ideal Candidate/Skills & Experience

Qualifications and/or substantial experience in hydrogeology, hydrogeochemistry or contaminated sites assessment relevant to the assessment of mining-related groundwater impacts.

  • A demonstrated ability to analyse and interpret complex groundwater data sets, to create outputs in the context of environmental impact assessment and regional groundwater characteristics
  • High-level organisational and communication skills, including the ability to coordinate multiple projects across multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams.
  • Experience in the review and assessment of reports and other literature pertaining to the management and regulation of mining or other industries.


  • To be eligible for any position in the Department you must be an Australian Citizen.
  • You must undergo and satisfy a National Police History Check


The Department offers an attractive remuneration package, including salary, superannuation benefits and flexible working conditions appropriate to the level of the position. For further details, refer to the Enterprise Agreement at

How to apply:

To obtain more information about the position please contact Amie Leggett on (08) 8920 1391 or [email protected]

Applications close:  11.30pm (AEST) on Sunday, 24 March 2019.

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