Mining Hydrologist

Wardell Armstrong LLP

London or Truro, Cornwall

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

www.wardell-armstrong.com [email protected] 01782 276700 Janine Davies

Sectors: water & hydrology

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!


Mining Hydrologist – Truro or London Office

Wardell Armstrong (WA) is a successful multi-disciplinary consultancy with 14 offices throughout the UK employing approximately 500 staff. At the heart of our business lies a group of outstanding people. Working together with clients, we deliver solutions to challenging problems in Property & Development, Infrastructure & Utilities and Mining & Minerals.

Our Water Team provide expertise to a broad range of projects within the UK and overseas. In the UK, the Water Team supports planning and environmental permit applications for a wide range of developments including, but not limited to, quarries, landfills and residential developments.

Overseas, we help mining companies secure funding and safeguard local communities through our work on Feasibility Studies and, Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs).

With several recent major wins in both mining and ESIA work, the Water Team are looking to expand their team to include a hydrologist in the Truro or London office which have a focus on international mining work.

The Opportunity

This is a great opportunity for a hydrologist to work within our growing Water Team. The position will be based in our Truro or London office with three hydrogeologists focussing mainly on international mining work. Input into a broad range of UK projects will also be required to support the existing hydrogeological, flood risk and drainage skills within Wardell Armstrong. The position will involve liaising with our international mining and ESIA team based in the Truro office as well as other technical teams throughout the UK.

In this role you can expect to:

  • Be required to access and obtain hydrological data for international project work, often in locations with poor or disrupted hydro-met records;
  • Design hydrological monitoring programmes and present specifications for recording suitable water flow and hydrographic information;
  • Handle and process rainfall event and stream flow information for a variety of different climatic settings i.e. low frequency/high intensity rainfall events in arid settings (eg Middle East, Central Asia) and snowmelt and nivial processes (Russia and Eastern Europe);
  • Provide input into hydrological modelling and development of those models including parameterisation;
  • Select appropriate hydrological analysis for baseline characterisation, stream diversion, industrial run-off, natural catchment descriptions, abstraction and flood risk;
  • Provide design parameters (functional level specifications) for surface water abstraction schemes including Run of River and Reservoir;
  • Develop minimum ecological flow rates for projects affected by development and abstractions;
  • Complete hydrological studies for mining projects to relevant standards and levels suitable for Scoping, PFS and DFS studies and the counter-part ESIA studies for mid-tier mining projects;
  • Be responsible for hydrological analysis and preparation of relevant technical and non-technical reports to accompany this analysis;
  • Input into UK based flood projects to the relevant UK standards for planning applications;
  • Input into the preparation of technically and commercially astute proposals for studies to support the development of international mining operations; and
  • Undertake infrequent, short duration, international and UK based quarry, landfill, development and mine visits, as required, to support the production of technical deliverables.

Excellent written and organisational skills and a proven understanding of budgets and deadlines are a must-have.

You: We are keen to hear from candidates with:

  • Experience of delivering hydrology sections of international mining projects;
  • Experience of delivering large scale, long term projects on budget and to deadline;
  • Knowledge of relevant international and UK legislation;
  • Field experience of the design of baseline studies and collection of surface water measurements;
  • A relevant undergraduate degree in earth or environmental sciences (essential) with a quantitative foundation and an MSc in Hydrology or an appropriate Water Resources Faculty (desirable);
  • Chartered status (desirable);
  • A valid passport;
  • A full driving license and the ability to drive for business purposes is essential.

We offer: 

  • Membership of the Firm's Group Personal Pension Plan, with Employer's contribution of up to 5%.
  • Payment of a relevant professional subscription.
  • 24 days annual leave per year.
  • Membership to the Firm's Private Health Care Scheme.
  • Inclusion in the Firm's Critical Illness Cover Policy.
  • Inclusion in the Firm's Life Assurance Policy, insuring you 3 times your annual salary.
  • Mobile Phone with inclusive tariff including personal usage.
  • Flexi-Time Working Schedule.
  • Long service awards.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • Travel Loans.
  • Recruitment Bounty Scheme.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Please visit our website for further details and to apply.


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