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Hydrologist 1

Description

Hydrologist 1 positions exist to provide entry level professional work in hydrology, hydraulics, hydrogeology, geophysics or other areas of water resources management.

Nature of Work: Perform hydrologic and/or hydrogeologic data collection, organization and analysis; draft technical reports; and review and evaluate land use plans or other proposals affecting water resources.

Examples of Work:
* install and maintain water level gauges, shallow observation wells, piezometers, stream gauging equipment, and other specialized water resources data collection equipment
* download, document, organize, analyze and interpret field data
* measure and record stream discharges and surface and ground water levels
* hydrogeologic mapping, watershed delineation, borehole logging, well sealing, observation well siting, water sample collection, geophysical survey assistance
* review land alteration proposals for compliance with water resources protection rules
* assist in investigating and analyzing projects and data related to: water use, well interference, ground water supply potential, public waters, wetlands, flood plains or shoreland
* review and analyze grant applications, water use reports, permit applications, or local government plans and ordinances for compliance with laws, rules and program procedures

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in one of the following disciplines depending on the specific position: Civil, Environmental or Agricultural Engineering; Forest Hydrology; Geography; Geology; Geophysics; Hydrogeology; Hydrology; Natural Resources and Environmental Studies; Soil Science; Water Resources Management; or equivalent; including at least two courses in hydrology, hydraulics, hydrogeology.

Desired Qualifications

Advanced courses or work experience in hydrology, hydraulics, hydrogeology, geophysics, land surveying, land use planning and zoning or water resources management programs.

Knowledge of computer modeling, database management, geographic information systems, global positioning systems, or other mapping, information system and computerized analytical tools.

Knowledge of the water resource planning and management authorities and responsibilities of state and federal agencies and local units of government.

Problem solving and analytical capabilities.

Familiarity with specialized equipment such as seismographs, dataloggers, resistivity equipment or stream gauging equipment.

Ability to communicate effectively in writing, verbally, and through public speaking and presentations.

Ability to interpret maps, hydrologic data, and studies and reports about lakes, streams, wetlands and aquifers and provide information to a variety of audiences.

Physical Requirements

Light Work - occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes and heavy hand tools or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. Even though the weights being lifted may only be a negligible amount, a job is in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with a degree of pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

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Hydrologist 2

Description

This position exists to provide professional work in water resource management, hydrology, hydraulics, hydrogeology, i.e. analysis and mapping, or geophysics.

Nature of Work: Perform hydrologic and/or hydrogeologic monitoring and technical studies and provide information and technical assistance to regulatory staff and the public and prepare technical reports.

Examples of Work:
1. Reviews and analyzes grant applications, water use reports, permit applications, or local government plans and ordinances for compliance with laws, rules and program procedures and issue permits or communicate with local government staff, boards and elected officials.
2. Reviews land alteration proposals for conformance with water resources protection rules and local government plans and ordinances.
3. Investigates and analyzes projects and trends related to: water use, well interference, ground water supply potential, public waters, wetlands, flood plains or shoreland areas.
4. Installs and maintains water level gauges, piezometers, stream gauging equipment and other specialized water resources data collection equipment.
5. Compiles, organizes, analyzes and interprets field data.
6. Conducts hydrogeologic mapping or watershed delineation, compiles borehole logs and interpret aquifer potential and conducts other field studies to address ground water issues.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in one of the following disciplines depending on the specific position: Civil, Environmental or Agricultural Engineering; Forest Hydrology; Geography; Geology; Geophysics; Hydrogeology; Hydrology; Natural Resources and Environmental Studies; Soil Science; Water Resources Management; including at least two courses in hydrology, hydraulics or hydrogeology.

Two years of professional work experience in the areas of soil and water resource management, water planning or regulation, surface or ground water hydrology or related technical or regulatory work.

Desired Qualifications

1. Advanced courses or work experience in hydrology, hydraulics, hydrogeology, geophysics, land surveying, land use planning and zoning, administration of official controls or water resources management programs.
2. Experience applying computer modeling, database management, geographic information systems, global positioning systems or other mapping, information system and computerized analytical tools to complex hydrologic situations.
3. Experience with water resource planning and management in state, federal or local units of government.
4. Problem solving and analytical capabilities.
5. Familiarity with specialized equipment such as seismographs, dataloggers, resistivity equipment or stream gauging equipment.
6. Ability to communicate effectively in writing, verbally and through public speaking and presentations.
7. Ability to interpret maps, hydrologic data, and studies and reports about lakes, streams, wetlands, and aquifers and provide information to a variety of audiences.
8. Knowledge of water resource and related land management laws, rules, programs and operational guidance.

Physical Requirements

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Hydrologist 3

Description

Purpose: This position exists to carry out advanced professional work in hydrology, hydraulics,hydrogeology, geophysics and water and related land resources management and regulation.

Nature of Work: High level professional work with little supervision. This employee designs and carries out complex technical analyses involving independent interpretation of field and office data; prepares written and oral reports; oversees technical work on complex projects; applies principles of hydrology, hydraulics, hydrogeology, geophysics, or land use regulation and planning toward implementing statewide programs.

Examples of Work:
•Design and implement a program for water resources data collection.
•Investigate and resolve conflicts related to water supply and use of public waters.
•Use computer models to analyze complex hydrologic and hydraulic problems, including evaluation of flood profiles and discharges.
•Design, conduct, interpret, and report results of geophysical surveys.
•Research, draft, and administer water and related land resource protection rules and statutory language.
•Design and carry out analyses to describe trends in water use and availability of water.
•Provide statewide oversight and guidance for regulation of water appropriation, public waters and wetlands alterations.
•Effectively develop proposals with local government units and recommend grant locations for flood damage reduction.
•Prepare and present testimony as the state's technical expert for contested case public hearings or trials.
•Research and recommend policies to implement water management programs, including shoreland, floodplain, permits and technical review.
•Develop and present technical training for other DNR and/or local government staff in technical area of specialization or area of regulatory/administrative expertise.

Required Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in one of the following disciplines depending on the specific position: Civil, Environmental or Agricultural Engineering; Geology; Hydrogeology; Hydrology; or equivalent; plus at least 4 years of increasingly responsible professional work experience in a Hydrologist 1, 2 or equivalent professional position; a masters degree may count as one year of experience. For certain positions educational background must meet the requirements for registration with the AELSLAGID Board as a professional geologist or engineer. Project management experience including preparation of final reports and oral presentation of results; some experience giving direction to others. Must be able to interpret complex situations, interpret and apply water law and rules as well as the principles of hydrology and hydrogeology to situations posed by clietele. Ability to communicate well with many different audiences in a variety of settings including hearings, trials, public meetings, etc.

Desired Qualifications

*Advanced training and experience in hydrology, hydraulics, hydrogeology, land use planning and zoning, water resources planning or water resources management.
*Hydrologic modeling experience applied to complex situations.
*Advanced level experience with water resource planning and management authorities and responsibilities of state and federal agencies and/or local units of government.
*Experience leading others in carrying out complex projects.
*Extensive knowledge of applications of specialized equipment or models.
*Extensive experience with verbal and written communications.
*Advanced knowledge of water resource and related land management laws, rules, programs, and operational guidance.

Physical Requirements

Medium Work - occasionally lifting articles such as 50 pound bags of feed maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

License Requirements

CLASS D DRIVER'S LICENSE - A single unit vehicle with a GVW of less than 26,000 pounds. This is your basic driver's license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the GCW does not exceed 26,000 pounds.