Project Hydrogeologist

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About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants (SWCA) is seeking an experienced professional Project Hydrogeologist to provide technical support to our growing mining business line, working directly with SWCA’s Mining Team. Our ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience supporting expansion of high growth/high value water resource opportunities within the industrial/critical minerals and other mining markets. The ideal candidate will support SWCA’s Mining Team, especially the East and Midwest teams and will provide input and guidance throughout the company to provide a true value-add impact on the organization’s culture.


This is a regular, full time, salaried, with benefits position that will be tied to our Raleigh, NC office. The person for this job can be based near any of our offices in the southeastern U.S. or be fully remote with travel up to 25% of the time. It would be preferable if the candidate was located in the Southeastern U.S., but this is not required. This position will report directly to our Principal Project Manager – Mining.


Our Vision (the North Star), Core Values, and Purpose: Help drive SWCA to be the best workplace and industry leader in sustainability, bringing sound science and creative solutions to global environmental challenges while maintaining a dedication to employee-ownership.


We are #OneSWCA and collaborate across all our offices, programs, and disciplines. We are #AlwaysLearning, we #NeverSettle and we #GiveBack. We are 100% employee-owned, and we build our success together. It is imperative for the successful candidate to fit SWCA's unique culture. Do you appreciate sustainability and environmental awareness? Is giving back to your community a priority? SWCA is a team of scientists, planners, technical experts, and corporate services professionals that are committed to our culture.

What you will accomplish

  • Demonstrated experience with the following:
    • Hydrogeologic studies and groundwater investigations
    • Groundwater modeling, including remediation/fate transport/plume modeling
    • Groundwater and surface water support for surface and underground mining permitting
    • Conduct Aquifer Performance Testing (APT) and data evaluation
    • Well design and installation
    • Process water management/water balance modeling
    • Pit Dewatering
  • Provide technical support for hydrogeology and water resource projects for mining clients related to permitting, exploration, project development, operations and site closure.
  • Assist with developing, expanding, and capturing key, high growth/high value mining opportunity and sales.
  • Ability to supplement current services offered with working understanding of hydrogeology, geochemistry, stormwater and surface water.
  • Coordinate with the Mining Team for market expansion and support across the US.
  • Provide technical and planning support and guidance to SWCA staff through the U.S.
  • Expand presentation and speaking opportunities at industry events and maintain active memberships in key organizations, local chapter involvements and publication submissions.
  • Manage hydrogeologic/water resource projects and contribute to resource reports/deliverables as well as provide QA/QC of key water resource project deliverables.

Experience and qualifications for success


  • Bachelor’s degree in Hydrogeology/Geology/Engineering or related technical field.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of water resource experience related to permitting and/or environmental phases of mine development and operations.
  • Must be a self-starter with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer skills for groundwater modeling (MODFLOW or other groundwater modeling software), database work and proficiency in MS Office



  • Master’s degree in Hydrogeology/Geology/Engineering or related technical field.
  • Have strong business development skills with industry connections within high growth areas.


Additional Information:

  • Ability to travel on average 25% of the time, including overnight stays.


SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms.


If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the online application process due to a disability, please email or call 1-480-581-5378. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response. 


SWCA is committed to salary equity and salary transparency for all its employees.  In alignment with this commitment, SWCA posts good faith pay ranges on all its advertised job postings to promote pay equity and transparency.


An employee in this Raleigh, NC - based position can expect a salary of $70,720.00/yr.- $90,480.00/yr.  Actual pay within this range may depend on experience, qualifications, geographic location, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law. 


EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.




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