POSITION: JUNIOR GEOLOGIST / HYDROGEOLOGIST

 INTRODUCTION: 

Umvoto is a water resource development and management consultancy and plays a key role in the successful exploration, resource estimation and environmentally sustainable implementation of several turnkey water supply schemes. 

We are seeking to recruit a Junior Geologist/Hydrogeologist based in Cape Town (or willing to relocate to Cape Town). 

SUMMARY OF THE POSITION: 

The key responsibilities of the Junior Geologist/Hydrogeologist will be to gather geological/hydrogeological information needed for projects. 

OUTLINE OF MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Under the supervision of the Principal Geologist, the successful candidate will be working with a highly motivated team of professionals delivering quality services on technically challenging projects. 

 The candidate will be required to: 

  • Undertake a combination of field work and office work data analysis and reporting; 
  • Carry out field activities to gather geological/hydrogeological information needed for projects; 
  • Undertake on site-supervision of borehole drilling and test-pumping by contractors (including the logging/recording of geological/hydrogeological data); 
  • Provide advice and assistance to the GIS/RS team in the preparation of GIS material required to support geological/hydrogeological studies; 
  • Develop project management skills over time, supported by Umvoto; 
  • Work collaboratively with members of the hydrogeology, geology, hydrology, GIS and environmental groups, team members from other internal business lines, as well as external sub-contractors and consultants; 
  • Represent Umvoto with professionalism to clients; 
  • Work on a wide variety of (but not limited to) hydrogeological-environmental projects including: developing and implementing groundwater investigations and assessments; water well design and installation; aquifer testing (test-pumping, slug tests etc.); development of conceptual hydrogeological models; risk assessment and risk management projects; remediation feasibility studies etc. 
  • Evaluate and interpret data including geology, hydrogeology, geophysics and groundwater chemistry as part of various projects (as outlined above); 
  • Contribute to the development of proposals for new work, with respect to internal business lines, and externally to potential and existing clients; and 
  • Must be able and willing to occasionally travel for work away from the home office (including outside of South Africa). 

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: 

  • Qualification: at least one of the following- a BSc Hons degree in Earth Sciences/Geology/Hydrogeology, MSc in Hydrogeology/Geohydrology and/or Geology (with a focus on hydrogeology) 
  • Experience: minimum 1 year 
  • Experience in data analysis and reporting is advantageous 
  • Competency with MS Office suite of applications is required 
  • Experience with the National Water Act (especially Section 21 groundwater registration/water use licencing processes) and other relevant legislation is advantageous 
  • Strong technical, verbal, and written communication skills (English) 
  • Ability to work independently in both office and field environments and demonstrate strong attention to detail and organisation skills 
  • Be self-motivated and a team player 
  • Valid Code B South African Driver’s License or equivalent. 
  • The ability to remain calm under pressure 
  • Punctual and reliable 

REMUNERATION AND BENEFITS: 

  • 6 months’ probation 
  • Salary: Market Related 
  • Group Life 
  • Disability Cover 

APPLICATIONS 

Please send CV with cover letter and references to applications@umvoto.com by 5pm on 20th January 2020. 

POSITION: HYDROLOGIST

 INTRODUCTION: 

Umvoto is a water resource development and management consultancy and plays a key role in the successful exploration, resource estimation and environmentally sustainable implementation of several turnkey water supply schemes. 

We are seeking to recruit a Hydrologist based in Cape Town (or willing to relocate to Cape Town). 

SUMMARY OF THE POSITION: 

The key responsibilities of the Hydrologist will be to coordinate and undertake surface water modelling and associated data management, data analysis, and reporting. The hydrologist will liaise closely with the groundwater modelling team. Also included will be some client liaison, drafting of proposals, and project management. 

OUTLINE OF MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Under the supervision of the Principal Hydrogeologist, the successful candidate will be working with a highly motivated team of professionals delivering quality services on technically challenging projects. 

The candidate will be required to: 

  • Undertake hydrological and hydraulic modelling, mostly office-based but with some field work; 
  • Work closely with the groundwater numerical modelling team to model complex systems, as well as work collaboratively with members of the internal hydrogeology, geology, GIS and environmental teams, as well as external sub-contractors and consultants; 
  • Represent Umvoto with professionalism to clients; 
  • Undertake data analysis and reporting tasks; 
  • Project management skills are an asset, and it will be expected of you to manage smaller projects, and tasks on bigger projects; 
  • Contribute to the development of proposals for new work, both internal business lines, and externally to potential and existing clients; 
  • Held develop internal surface water modelling capabilities among team; 
  • Registered or eligible for registration as Pr.Sci.Nat; and 
  • Must be able and willing to occasionally travel for work away from the home office (including outside of South Africa). 

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: 

  • Qualification: at least a BSc Hons degree in an appropriate field 
  • Professional experience: minimum 5 years 
  • Proficient knowledge and understanding of watershed hydrology and hydrogeology 
  • Proven track record in hydrological numerical modelling 
  • Proven track record in hydraulic numerical modelling, including stormwater modelling, and floodline assessments 
  • Proficient knowledge and application of statistical methods for processing and analysis of environmental data 
  • Strong technical, verbal, and written communication skills (English) 

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE PREFERRED: 

  • Experience in numerical surface-groundwater interaction modelling; 
  • Experience in using GIS software (QGIS, ArcGIS, etc.) 
  • Experience in the development of conceptual Stormwater Management Plans (SWMP) beneficial. 
  • Experience in developing water balances preferential 
  • Experience in surface water impact assessments and associated mitigation and management measures. 
  • Proficiency in programming (preferably in Python) for large database management and analysis. 
  • Competency with MS Office suite of applications 
  • Demonstrated high-quality scientific publication record would be an advantage. 
  • Valid Code B South African Driver’s License or equivalent Driver’s License 
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, prioritize and adapt to rapidly shifting priorities. 
  • Be self-motivated as well as a team player. 
  • Punctual and reliable 

REMUNERATION AND BENEFITS: 

  • 6 months’ probation 
  • Salary: Market Related 
  • Group Life 
  • Disability Cover 

APPLICATIONS: 

Please send CV with cover letter and references to applications@umvoto.com by 5pm on 20th January 2020. 

POSITION: HYDROGEOLOGIST

 INTRODUCTION: 

Umvoto is a water resource development and management consultancy and plays a key role in the successful exploration, resource estimation and environmentally sustainable implementation of several turnkey water supply schemes. 

We are seeking to recruit a Hydrogeologist (or Geologist with significant hydrogeological experience) based in Cape Town (or willing to relocate to Cape Town). 

SUMMARY OF THE POSITION: 

The key responsibilities of the Hydrogeologist will be to manage and undertake a range of small and large hydrogeological projects, including all aspects of groundwater and wellfield development. 

OUTLINE OF MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Under the supervision of the Principal Hydrogeologist, the successful candidate will be working with a highly motivated team of professionals delivering quality services on technically challenging projects. 

The candidate will be required to: 

  • Undertake a combination of fieldwork and office work, including data analysis and reporting; 
  • Manage smaller projects, as well as tasks on bigger projects. Project management skills are an asset, however, the candidate will be given the opportunity to develop project management skills over time; 
  • Work collaboratively with members of the hydrogeology, geology, hydrology, GIS and environmental groups, team members from other internal business lines, as well as external sub-contractors and consultants; 
  • Represent Umvoto with professionalism to clients; 
  • Work on a wide variety of projects, focussing mainly on hydrogeological-environmental projects including: developing and implementing groundwater investigations and assessments; water well design and installation; aquifer testing (test-pumping, slug tests etc.); development of conceptual hydrogeological models; risk assessment and risk management projects; remediation feasibility studies etc.; 
  • Evaluate and interpret data including geology, hydrogeology, geophysics and groundwater chemistry as part of various projects; 
  • Contribute to the development of proposals for new work, with respect to internal business lines, and externally to potential and existing clients; and 
  • Must be able and willing to occasionally travel for work away from the home office (including outside of South Africa). 

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: 

  • Qualification: at least one of the following- a BSc Hons degree in Earth Sciences/Geology/Hydrogeology, MSc in Hydrogeology/Geohydrology and/or Geology (with a focus on hydrogeology) 
  • Experience: minimum of 5 years including experience in the mining environment 
  • Experience and skills related to geological/hydrogeological activities including on-site supervision of borehole drilling and test-pumping by contractors (including logging/recording of geological hydrogeological data) 
  • Experience in collaborating with, and managing small teams 
  • Experience in data analysis and reporting 
  • Experience with geological and hydrogeological software (e.g. aquifer parameter analysis software such as AquiferTest Pro) 
  • Although not required to be a groundwater modeller, basic GIS skills (QGIS or Arc) and a basic understanding behind modelling software such as FeFlow and MODFLOW would be advantageous 
  • Registered or eligible for registration as Pr.Sci.Nat. 
  • Competency with MS Office suite of applications is required 
  • Experience with the National Water Act (especially Section 21 groundwater registration/water use licencing processes) and other relevant legislation is required 
  • Strong technical, verbal, and written communication skills (English) 
  • Ability to work independently in both office and field environments and demonstrate strong attention to detail and organisation skills 
  • Be self-motivated and a team player 
  • Valid Code B South African Driver’s License or equivalent 
  • The ability to remain calm under pressure 
  • Punctual and reliable 

REMUNERATION AND BENEFITS: 

  • 6 months’ probation 
  • Salary: Market Related 
  • Group Life 
  • Disability Cover 

APPLICATIONS: 

Please send CV with cover letter and references to applications@umvoto.com by 5pm on 20th January 2020. 

Oudsthoorn Groundwater Project

Umvoto Africa was appointed in 2000 to undertake a project on the Deep Artesian Groundwater Exploration for Oudtshoorn Supply (DAGEOS). Umvoto Africa continue with the management of the current Oudtshoorn Groundwater Project (OGP) which includes the drilling, testing and monitoring of numerous high yielding artesian boreholes within the Peninsula Aquifer of the TMG. Drilling has focused in two areas, namely the Blossoms and Mistkraal Wellfields, with borehole depths of greater than 600 m.

ORWSS Malmani sub-group Dolomites feasibility study

Umvoto Africa was appointed by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in 2016 as the lead Professional Service Provider (PSP) for a Feasibility Plan and study execution for Groundwater Resource Development of the Malmani Subgroup Dolomites within the Olifants River Water Supply System (ORWSS). The aim was to secure groundwater as a long-term option to augment water supply to the ORWSS by optimising the conjunctive use between surface water and groundwater as well as to determine the possibility of artificial recharge of the dolomite groundwater system.

All Towns Southern Reconciliation Strategies and Support to the WCWSS Reconciliation Strategy

Umvoto was the lead consultant for the DWS National Water Resource Planning Directorate on the development and subsequent support to the implementation and maintenance of Reconciliation Strategies for all Towns in the Southern Planning Region. This undertaking required the projection of domestic water demand, available water supply, associated intervention options and strategic recommendations for all populations in the Eastern and Western Cape. Together with our partners, Umvoto addressed all aspects of water supply and demand – and the intervention cycle – including water conservation and demand management, water re-use and desalinisation at municipal level.

Umvoto was also the lead consultant for the Support to the Continuation of the Water Reconciliation Strategy for the Western Cape Water Supply System effective 2013 to 2016. This project included the annual update of the water requirement projections, modelling of the water supply system to determine the current water availability, and development of additional strategies, such as the Cape Flats Aquifer Assessment and Management Strategy.

Circum Minerals – Danakil

Umvoto Africa was contracted by Circum Minerals from late 2013 to undertake the water resource assessment for the Danakil potash project, involving desktop studies remote sensing analysis and numerical modelling; weather station installation and hydroclimatological monitoring; and the drilling and testing of five 75 – 165m deep, high-yielding (>50 litres/second), wide-diameter production boreholes into the Dogua Mountain alluvial fan primary aquifer system (along with five exploration/ monitoring boreholes.

A month-long aquifer stress test conducted in October – November 2016 resulted in 600 000 m3 of groundwater being abstracted from the production boreholes, with subsequent modelling indicating a substantial and sustainable supply.

Overstrand Municipality

  • Hermanus

Umvoto Africa was appointed by Overstrand Local Municipality (LM) in 2001 to proceed with a groundwater investigation and exploration to augment the water supply to the growing town of Hermanus.  After completing the drilling and testing programme at Gateway Wellfield and the surrounding area in the mid-2000s, with groundwater abstraction being initiated from the fractured Peninsula Aquifer of the Table Mountain Group (TMG), at the same time, a monitoring programme was developed and implemented using new monitoring boreholes and existing surface/groundwater-related infrastructure. Further to the successful establishment and operation of the Gateway Wellfield for several years, Umvoto assisted the Overstrand LM to monitor and operate the Camphill and Volmoed Wellfields in the Hemel en Aarde Valley. Umvoto continues to offer their services as groundwater specialists to the municipality through on-going wellfield operation and management support, groundwater and ecological monitoring as well as support with legislative compliance and wellfield expansion. Groundwater constitutes up to 25% of Hermanus’s current water supply (and planned up to 50% in the near future) ensuring that the town has been water secure through the 2009-2011 Southern Cape drought and the 2015-current Western Cape drought.

  • Stanford

Umvoto Africa has been contracted by the Overstrand Local Municipality (LM) since 2007 as the Professional Service Provider (PSP) to undertake the water resource development and management of the Stanford Aquifer. The main aim of the project is to secure groundwater as a long-term option for municipal water supply of Stanford and manage it sustainably on behalf of the LM. The Stanford Aquifer is at present (and likely to remain in the future) the sole source of supply of potable water to the town, as well as for farmers and other users in the area.

Groundwater from the primary aquifer is pumped from two sources namely “The Eye”, a spring (at which Umvoto upgraded the abstraction infrastructure) and the Kouevlakte Wellfield (developed by Umvoto) to a storage reservoir, from which it is fed to the municipal water reticulation system.

City of Cape Town

  • TMG – Table Mountain Group

Umvoto Africa has been the groundwater consultant for the City of Cape Town’s Table Mountain Group (TMG) Aquifer Feasibility Study and Pilot Project since 2002, where groundwater exploration has been undertaken at various target sites from Steenbras Dam northwards to Voëlvlei Dam. Groundwater development and wellfield implementation has been initiated at the Steenbras Dam and Nuweberg sites since 2017 as part of the City of Cape Town’s New Water Programme, where borehole yields of between 10-70 litres/second have been encountered in targeted megafault structures within the TMG.

  • CFA – Cape Flats Aquifer

Umvoto Africa was appointed in 2017 by the City of Cape Town to undertake emergency groundwater development of the Cape Flats Aquifer, which underlies the majority of Cape Town. The project is based on the Cape Flats Aquifer Management Strategy (link to WCWSS study) and entails both emergency supply and long-term resilience through Managed Aquifer Recharge, which aims to improve aquifer and ecosystem functioning while maximising storage and yield. Under the supervision of Umvoto over 140 boreholes have been drilled since January 2018, comprising a combination of exploration, monitoring, production and injection boreholes.

  • Atlantis

Umvoto Africa was appointed in 2017 by the City of Cape Town (CCT) to improve access to the proven groundwater resources in Atlantis through optimising existing infrastructure and management of the existing wellfields, the Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) system and water treatment and reticulation systems to support CCT in meeting the immediate emergency demand. In parallel to this, Umvoto Africa is initiating feasibility studies for further wellfield development and enhancing Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) with the aim of improving resilience and assurance of supply in the short term without compromising expanded long-term supply. Umvoto Africa continues to assist in successfully making Atlantis independent of surface water supply.