Groundwater Relief ( is a UK registered charity (No. 1167458) that provides technical expertise and services to organisations and government agencies responsible for developing and managing groundwater resources across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Groundwater Relief’s work is facilitated by a team of international groundwater professionals, comprising over 550 registered technical members. Their collective support has enabled Groundwater Relief to undertake over 130 projects in 27 different countries in the past 8 years.

Groundwater Relief has a small team of core staff members who manage the technical membership, manage projects, and support the growth and development of the charity.

Due to a period of forthcoming maternity leave Groundwater Relief is seeking a Hydrogeologist and GIS Specialist for up to six months to contribute to our work within the humanitarian and development sectors, and help us in achieving our mission.

Hydrogeologist and GIS Specialist

The ideal candidate will be responsible for conducting hydrogeological assessments and analysis, while utilising Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to support our projects and initiatives.


The Hydrogeologist and GIS Specialist will be responsible for, but not limited to;

  • Conducting hydrogeological assessments, including groundwater modelling, aquifer testing, and water quality analysis.
  • Collecting, managing, and interpreting hydrogeological data from various sources such as field investigations, monitoring wells, and laboratory analyses.
  • Developing and implementing groundwater monitoring programmes to assess the quantity and quality of groundwater resources.
  • Utilising GIS software to analyse spatial data, create maps, and generate visualizations to support project planning and decision-making.
  • Integrating hydrogeological data with GIS datasets to identify potential risks, opportunities, and constraints for water resource management.
  • Maintaining our current GIS datasets, including cleaning, structuring, registering.
  • Collaborating with interdisciplinary teams to provide technical expertise and support on projects related to groundwater resource assessment.
  • Preparing technical reports, presentations, and other deliverables to communicate findings and recommendations to clients, stakeholders, and regulatory agencies.
  • Maintaining current knowledge with advancements in hydrogeological and GIS technologies, tools, and methodologies to enhance project efficiency and effectiveness of Groundwater Relief’s work in the sector.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Hydrogeology, Geology, Environmental Science, Geography, or a related field.
  • Strong understanding of hydrogeological principles, groundwater flow, and aquifer characterization.
  • Proficiency in ArcGIS Pro software is essential.
  • Experience in spatial analysis, geodatabase management in ArcGIS online, map production.
  • Strong curiosity and/or experience in software such as PowerBI, ArcGIS dashboard, Storymaps for broadening the range of tools Groundwater Relief could use to enhance project efficiency and visibility.
  • Experience with groundwater modelling software (e.g., LEAPFROG, MODFLOW) is desirable.
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Prior experience in environmental consulting, water resources management, or related industries is preferred.


We are looking for an individual with passion and desire to improve the way groundwater is developed, and managed, for the benefit of people across the globe.

We are looking for someone who has the ability to, and enjoys, interacting, establishing and maintaining relationships with multiple different stakeholders on both a technical and social level including government officials, NGOs, local organizations, communities, donors and the Groundwater Relief members.

We are looking for someone who is creative and a practical problem solver with a willingness to take on responsibility and make decisions whilst simultaneously engaging experts to advise and direct those decisions.

We are looking for someone who is committed to the growth of Groundwater Relief as a charity.

You must have fluency in English.

How to apply


  • This role can be an employment contract or an independent contract, both for a fixed term up to January 2025, with a possibility of an extension.
  • Competitive rates, depending on contract type.


  • The office is based in Totnes, Devon, UK, but the role can be conducted remotely.
  • The role is expected to commence from June 2024 onwards.
  • This is a part-time role of 22.5 hours per week, with flexibility on the working days.


For applicants wishing to work in the United Kingdom, Groundwater Relief will not sponsor visas. Applicants who work in the UK must have an automatic right to work within the UK and we will require evidence of your right to work at the assessment stage.

Please send your application for the role of Hydrogeologist and GIS Specialistto [email protected] by Tuesday 28th May 2024 at 9am GMT+1.

Your application should consist of a covering letter detailing why you are suitable for this position (no longer than 2 pages), your CV, and the details of two referees. The referees will only be contacted if you are selected for the position.

Interviews will be held week commencing Monday 3rd June 2024.

Interviews will consist of a time limited assessment of your GIS skills through a set of tasks. When meeting the interview panel, you will present your findings from the set task, along with answering interview questions.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact [email protected].