International Association of Hydrogeologists Australia


Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

Work Type: Permanent – Part Time, Permanent – Full Time, Fixed Term – Part Time, Fixed Term – Full Time
Locations: Perth and Peel

Are you keen to work on engaging projects that benefit the environment and people of Western Australia?

As Western Australia’s primary water and environmental regulator, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has a responsibility to be an influential and future-focused organisation. Our vision is for a low-carbon Western Australia with a healthy environment and secure water resources for future generations.

The department holds itself accountable to being fair and committed. We respect First Nations people knowledge and cultural advice. As a forward-looking department we are guided by good science and embrace new technologies and practices. We value and engage with our stakeholders; to be transparent in all we do and build trusted relationships.

Our values-based culture reflects who we are and how we go about business.

We care | We build trust | Better together | Open minds | We serve to make a difference Find out more about us by visiting our website at

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is a dynamic agency and is committed to supporting Western Australia’s environment, community, and economy by investigating and managing the state’s environment and water resources.

We are looking for skilled and enthusiastic geoscientists and engineers to take key roles in groundwater investigation and management. Do you want to work on interesting hydrogeological investigations in amazing locations throughout Western Australia, and carry out cutting-edge modelling work linking with industry experts?

Your scientific investigations will directly inform resource management, helping to promote sustainable private and public water supply, while protecting our states environmental and cultural assets and safeguarding against climate change.

Who are we looking for?

Water Resource Science and the Regional Hydrogeology group have several immediate hydrogeology opportunities ranging from Hydrogeologist to Senior Hydrogeologist (Specified Calling Levels 1 to 3). We are looking for hydrogeologists who will:

  • deliver scientific investigations and advice which can directly inform the management of water and / or other natural resources.
  • work constructively as a member of a team, building productive relationships across the department and externally with consultants and academia for example.

Show demonstrated experience in one or more of the following:

  • hydrogeological conceptualisation and the development / refinement of conceptual models. This work will range from early assessments of greenfields areas to refining our understanding of Western Australia’s most heavily utilised aquifer systems.
  • developing and executing hydrogeological field programs across the state, including large scale drilling programs, groundwater sampling, and geophysical surveys.
  • numerical modelling using a variety of graphical user interface (GUI) and non-GUI methods. Communication of complex model results into intuitive asset management tools.
  • ossessing environmental approvals, licence applications and industry performance, working in regional teams across the State.

What’s in it for you?

We provide an inclusive, agile, and safe workplace that empowers a diverse workforce to make a difference. We offer professional development opportunities, recognise the importance of work-life balance and wellness initiatives, and provide:

  • the opportunity to be involved with exciting, interesting, and meaningful work.
  • a chance to see and work in some of the most beautiful locations our state has to offer.
  • flexible working arrangements that are encouraged to facilitate an awesome work-life balance.
  • options to purchase leave of up to twelve weeks per year.
  • competitive salary plus 10.5% employer superannuation contribution and access to salary packaging options.
  • access to an assortment of personal and professional development and training opportunities.
  • leading wellness program promoting a healthy work / life balance that includes funded flu vaccinations and employee assistance programs.
  • a strong networking and social environment.
  • clearly defined career progression pathways.

As a department we recognise that flexible working arrangements support effective work-life balance, empowers our people and increases team productivity. We are committed to creating an equitable and diverse workforce that promotes an inclusive and supportive workplace environment. We value the unique diversity of experience that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, women and youth bring to our workforce.

For further information about the opportunities, we encourage you to contact Aine Patterson – Perth applicants on 08 6364 7267 or Gary Humphreys – Regional applicants on 08 6364 6898 or email, during business hours.

How to apply

If you have a solid scientific background and want to build your skills while supporting Western Australia’s community, ecosystems, and economic development, then we encourage you to apply now by submitting:

  • a two (2) page covering letter highlighting how you align to our values and have the skills and experience we are looking for (as stated under ‘Who are we looking for?’)
  • a comprehensive resume / CV that clearly shows your working and educational history, relevant experience, skills and talents
  • providing the names and contact details of two (2) referees (one preferred to be a current supervisor or recent manager)
  • provide a copy of your Bachelor of Science or Engineering qualification (degree and transcript)

Please Note:

To be eligible for appointment, applicants must have documentary evidence of entitlement to live and work in Australia for the duration of the employment opportunity.

DWER conducts employment screening which may include National Criminal history.

Applicants who consider their degree is equivalent to a Bachelor of Science may be asked to confirm and evidence equivalency from the issuing university. Applicants with an overseas qualification must submit a valid assessment from the Overseas Qualification Unit (OQU). For more information visit

For technical difficulties while applying online or information about the application process, please contact us for assistance on (08) 6364 6471 or at – email address not to be used for submission of applications.

Access Needs

We use the National Relay Service (NRS) to ensure we are accessible to people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment. NRS can help you connect with us on:

  • TTY/voice calls – 133 677
  • Speak & Listen – 1300 555 727
  • SMS relay – 0423 677 767

If you have any access needs that may require adjustment to allow you to fully participate in the application and interview process, including alternate methods of communication, or to request a document in an alternative format please contact us at or on (08) 6364 6471.

This pool will operate for a period of 12 months with vacancies being offered at part or full-time on a permanent or fixed-term contract basis with the possibility of extension or permanency. Pool applicants do not hold a right of review against appointment decisions made from the pool.

Please indicate which level you are applying for and ensure your response addresses the work related requirements of the relevant position description. It is possible the panel may assess you as suitable for your level of choice or another as evidenced in your response.

CLOSING DATE: 4pm, 28 November 2022 (Australia Western Standard Time)

Applications that are in progress or submitted after the closing time will not be accepted.


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