Hydrogeological Technician

Kalumbila, Zambia

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Job description:

Purpose of the Role:

To assist the hydrogeologist, primarily with daily operational  tasks, to help ensure a high level of data collection, supervision and coverage.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist the hydrogeologist with field inspections and monitoring
  • Drill supervision.
  • Data collection at drill rigs.
  • Borehole construction in conjunction with drill contractors.
  • Grouting activities.
  • Monitoring and flow data collection.
  • Geophysical survey traverse marking and managing bush-clearing activities.
  • Pit inspections.
  • Database data inputs.
  • Carry out hydraulic test-work under the supervision of the hydrogeologist
  • Assist with installation and maintenance of borehole infrastructure
  • Assist with hydrogeological mapping.
  • Supervision and logistical coordination of drill-site clearing and pad construction.
  • Ensure that all groundwater related incidents are reported and investigated.
  • Liaise with geology, mine planning, survey and mining operations, where required in order to perform tasks assigned by hydrogeologist.
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor.
  • Night shift may be required if the need arises.

Expected Deliverables  from this job:

  • Ensure that the open pit mine site is always safe from a groundwater perspective, and effectively assist in the management of the groundwater resources to ensure efficient dewatering and water quality monitoring.

Behavioural Traits:

  • Must have a thorough methodical approach to routine tasks and problem solving.
  • Must be willing to work with and assimilate experience from 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.
  • Must be highly detail-oriented.
  • Must have a clean criminal record.

Knowledge and Experience required to perform in this job:

The Hydrogeological Technician will require knowledge, skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Basic Health and Safety knowledge.
  • Knowledge of Basic First Aid.
  • Must be computer literate (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook).
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills.


  • Undergraduate qualification or previous open-pit hydrogeological experience not required, but advantageous.
  • Valid drivers’ license (manual) essential.

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