Hydrogeologist

Kalumbila, Zambia, Full Time -

At First Quantum, we free the talent of our people by taking a very different approach which is underpinned by a very different, very definite culture – the “First Quantum Way”.
Working with us is not like working anywhere else, which is why we recruit people who will take a bolder, smarter approach to spot opportunities, solve problems and deliver results.
Our culture is all about encouraging you to think independently and to challenge convention to deliver the best result. That’s how we continue to achieve extraordinary things in extraordinary locations.
Job description:
Overall Job Purpose
To assist the Principal Hydrogeologist in implementing Hydrogeological activities and to ensure a high level of data collection, site supervision and coverage. The role requires core hydrogeological skills to provide inputs as well as support in developing, reviewing and conducting activities relating to the groundwater system.

Specific Job Responsibility

Apply knowledge of fundamental geology to develop an understanding of how rock types and structure impact groundwater occurrence and its associated movement

Understand and interpret maps, geographical data, historical evidence and models to build a conceptual understanding of the groundwater regime

Groundwater flow modelling and model maintenance

Undertake field-work for investigative and monitoring purposes

Design and commission boreholes

Sample and measure groundwater as well as surface water

Liaise with principal hydrogeologist, technicians and other professionals in related fields

Report writing, which can be understood by people who don’t necessarily have a technical background

Implementing and supervising test-pumping programs

Answer technical queries and provide advice to stakeholders

Work within stringent health and safety guidelines.

Experience & Qualifications

At least three to five years’ relevant work experience in a similar role

Experience in mine water balance calculations

Experience in storm water control management

Experience in large-scale mine dewatering systems

Experience in depressurization systems

Experience in managing drilling and test pumping programs

Grade Twelve Certificate

Bachelor’s degree in Hydrogeology, Geology or equivalent, from a recognized University/Institution

Member of the Engineering Institute of Zambia (EIZ)

Must be a Zambian citizen

Valid driver’s license (manual transmission)

Job Specific Competencies

Proficiency using GIS software

Exposure to air-percussion and diamond drilling

Experience overseeing drilling operations and contractors

Solid understanding of Geological processes and how they relate to the groundwater environment

Key Job Attributes

Must be highly detail-oriented

Must have a thorough and methodical approach to routine tasks as well as problem solving

Must be willing to work well with colleagues from a variety of skills and national backgrounds

Must have strong team ethic and communication abilities

Ability or willingness to undertake occasional shift work when necessary

Must be self-motivated

Ability to work independently

Strong analytical thinking skills

Strong computer skills

Must have a clean criminal record