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Hydrogeologist (groundwater) Adviser, Vanuatu (40870)

Closing Date: 29 Oct 2017

Interview: November 24 & 25 2017

Pre-departure Briefing: Early 2018

Expected in Field: Early 2018

Position Term: 2-years

Share your expertise with the Department of Water Resources to strengthen hydrogeological capability and support community resilience to water-related risks.

Approximately 70% of the rural population is reliant on rainwater harvesting systems to meet daily water needs; this exposes the population to significant climate risks such low rainfall and drought.

In this dynamic assignment you will be working as part of dedicated team to investigate groundwater supplies, develop a water information database and model, and design effective solutions. You will provide training and mentoring support to build technical WASH skills of department staff, which will enable them to confidently manage groundwater and WASH activities.

Working in collaboration with Engineers Without Borders New Zealand, this exciting assignment offers you an opportunity to make a real impact on the water sector in Vanuatu.

We’re looking for a volunteer with:

  • Bachelor’s degree in geology, earth sciences, hydrogeology, environmental science, engineering discipline with emphasis on hydrology or hydrogeology
  • At least five years’ relevant experience in hydrogeology
  • Experience in hydrogeological investigations, including the ability to design and manage groundwater and environmental field investigation programmes
  • Experience in providing on-the- job training and mentoring
  • Experience in groundwater modelling
  • Experience in groundwater well design and construction contract administration

This is a 2-year assignment based in Port Vila (candidates available for 1-year will also be considered).

VSA volunteers receive a living allowance and accommodation, insurance, and medical costs are provided. Travel arrangements are organised and funded by VSA along with other costs. 

Apply for this assignment

1: Download and read the assignment description for this assignment.

2: Download, save and rename the VSA Application form (to prevent file content loss).

3: Complete the form, write a cover letter and prepare a current CV, highlighting your relevant experience, as outlined in the person specifications (professional) in the assignment description.

If you are having any problems with the application form, please email the address below.

4: Submit your completed application formcover letter and current CV to:


Volunteer Recruitment Unit, VSA
PO Box 12246, Thorndon, Wellington 6144

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