CLOSING DATE: 09 February 2024


Prospective candidates interested in employment should submit applications to the specified address for each post. Utilize the newly implemented Z83 form, available on the Department of Water and Sanitation’s website under career opportunities or on the DPSA website under vacancies in the Public Service (point 4). Include a comprehensive CV detailing training, qualifications, competencies, knowledge, and experience. All required Z83 information must be provided. Related documentation, such as copies of qualifications, identity documents, and driver’s licenses, need not accompany the application. Such documents will only be required from shortlisted candidates during the interview, following DPSA circular 19 of 2022.

For applicants with professional or occupational registration, complete Part B of the Z83, and include these details in the CV. For positions requiring a driver’s license, annotate relevant details on the CV. Failure to disclose or complete necessary information will result in automatic disqualification. Late applications will not be considered. Foreign qualifications require a SAQA evaluation certificate, only when shortlisted.

Applications not meeting the mentioned requirements will not be considered. Candidates must undergo a security clearance and complete a financial disclosure form. Foreigners or dual citizenship holders must provide a police clearance certificate from their country of origin, only when shortlisted. The Department of Water Sanitation promotes equal opportunities in employment, considering constitutional objectives, Employment Equity imperatives, and relevant Human Resources policies.



REF NO: 090224/01

Branch: Infrastructure Management: Head Office

Director: Environmental Impact Monitoring

SALARY: R990 747 per annum (all-inclusive OSD salary package)

CENTRE: Pretoria Head Office


  • MSc Degree in Applied Geology/Geological Sciences or relevant science qualification.
  • Six (6) years post BSc Natural Scientific experience.
  • Mandatory registration with SACNASP as a Professional Natural Scientist.
  • Advantageous experience in Engineering Geology, Soil Mechanics, and Rock Mechanics.
  • Valid, unexpired driver’s license disclosure.
  • Proficiency in the National Water Act, 1998 (Act No. 36 of 1998), Dam Safety Regulations, 2012 (No. 35062), and related policies.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Working knowledge of relevant Engineering Geological, Geotechnical Engineering legislation, and related policies.
  • Knowledge of PFMA and Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Ability to review technical and scientific reports and provide recommendations.
  • Technical report writing skills.
  • Ability to provide technical and scientific support to Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) units and other government departments.
  • Professional Judgment.
  • Good communication, presentation, and networking skills.
  • People management and mentoring of candidate scientists.
  • Planning, organizing, conflict management, and change management.
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical abilities.
  • Capacity to work independently, interact with communities, Professional Service Providers (PSPs), and planning partners in the water sector.
  • Knowledge of program and project management.
  • Working knowledge of research and development.
  • Computer-aided scientist applications.
  • Creation of a high-performance culture.
  • Sound administrative skills and a demonstrated commitment to service delivery.
  • Willingness to travel extensively nationwide and work irregular hours.


Leadership and management of the sub-directorate for geotechnical and geological services. Provision of geological services for the development, maintenance, rehabilitation, and refurbishment of bulk water infrastructure projects. This includes overseeing geological and geotechnical investigation programs at various construction phases, developing Tender documentation, financial proposals, and Terms of References. Management of soil and rock laboratory testing programs for earth and concrete dams, dam construction materials, and problematic soils. Knowledge of codes of practice for development on problematic soils and dolomitic land for water infrastructure.

Development, management, and supervision of foundation and material investigation programs and reports for the design and construction of Category II and III dams, sourcing construction materials, and modeling probabilities of failure in slopes, embankments, and reservoirs. Professional Team Member as per Dam Safety Regulations for geological requirements in Category II and III dams. Compilation of Environmental Management Programmes for geotechnical investigations. Provision of technical inputs to DWS civil engineering projects. Offering technical support to regional and cluster offices on projects. Representation of the Department in various forums, including participation in technical committee meetings for projects. Assistance in the management of PSPs where required. Attendance at meetings and management of conflicts among various stakeholders during the implementation of geological and geotechnical projects.

ENQUIRIES: Dr J Maluleke Tel No: (012) 336 8875

APPLICATIONS: Head Office (Pretoria): Forward your application, quoting the relevant reference number, to the Department of Water and Sanitation, Private Bag X350, Pretoria, 0001, or hand-deliver to Delta Continental Building, Corner of Visagie and Bosman Street, Pretoria, 0001.

FOR ATTENTION: Planning, Recruitment, and Selection Unit

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