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Hydrogeologist

Hydrogeologist
ANZSCO Code: 234413 / Group A

Hydrogeologists study the distribution, availability, flow and quality of underground water. They are responsible for designing, analysing and evaluating all aspects of water assessment and management for surface and underground operations. Their work can vary from the provision of comprehensive assessments of groundwater resources to practical engineering solutions for mining projects.

Occupation description

Hydrogeologists study the distribution, availability, flow and quality of underground water. They are responsible for designing, analysing and evaluating all aspects of water assessment and management for surface and underground operations. Their work can vary from the provision of comprehensive assessments of groundwater resources to practical engineering solutions for mining projects. Onsite investigations and monitoring carried out by Hydrogeologists consist of the design and implementation of water quality assessments, groundwater investigations, and the development of conceptual and numerical hydrogeological models. Hydrogeologists generally work as part of a larger team in providing water services to clients in the mining, construction, oil and gas, agricultural/farming, as well as government and community sectors.

Hydrogeologist is a VETASSESS Group A occupation

This occupation requires a qualification assessed as comparable to the educational level of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree or higher, in a field highly relevant to the nominated occupation.

Applicants must also have at least one year of highly relevant, post-qualification employment, at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years.

A positive assessment of both qualifications and employment is required for a positive Skills Assessment Outcome.

Group A

* Additional qualifications in a highly relevant field of study include those comparable to the following levels: 

  • AQF Diploma 
  • AQF Advanced Diploma 
  • AQF Associate Degree or 
  • AQF Graduate Diploma

** Highly relevant paid employment duration (20 hours or more per week): 

One year of post-qualification paid employment (20 hours or more per week) highly relevant to the nominated occupation, at an appropriate skill level in the last five years before the date of application for a Skills Assessment

Qualification & Employment Criteria

Qualification

This occupation requires a qualification assessed as comparable to the education level of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor Degree or higher degree and in a field highly relevant to the nominated occupation.

Highly relevant field of study include:

  • Hydrogeology, which is the branch of geology that deals with the occurrence, distribution, movement and effect of groundwater. A major in pure Geology would generally be considered highly relevant. 

Fields of study in water resources engineering, environmental science or other related subjects with additional postgraduate studies in hydrogeology from a recognised tertiary institution will also be considered.

Employment Criteria

Highly relevant tasks include: 

  • Perform laboratory and field studies, and aerial, ground and drill hole surveys 
  • Perform hydrogeological site characterisations
  • Provide water resource assessments and modelling
  • Analyse and interpret geological, aquifer testing and water quality data for groundwater model development
  • Design and implement field sampling programs including groundwater, surface water, soil, and sediments
  • Interpret maps and geographical data, historical evidence and models to build up a picture of the groundwater regime or land contamination
  • Acquire accurate manual and automated groundwater level measurements, including preparation and maintenance of field instrumentation
  • Provide oversight of drilling contractors for environmental and water supply projects
  • Manage and analyse data and prepare clear, concise and effective technical reports

It is essential for applicants to meet the following employment criteria:

  • at least one year of post-qualification employment at an appropriate skill level,
  • undertaken in the last five years,
  • working 20 hours or more per week, and
  • highly relevant to the nominated occupation.

Please note in order to achieve a successful Skills Assessment Outcome, a positive assessment for both qualifications and employment is required.

Please note that this occupation is only available for the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494).

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