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Salary: $28.48-$34.77 hourly / $4,953-$6,047 monthly / Range: 6048

DEFINITION: Under general direction, conducts technical hydrologic research, prepares reports, and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is the journey level class where incumbents may be assigned hydrologic tasks within a specialized area such as resource, reclamation, conservation or flood control and overseeing interns. The Hydrologist differs from the Hydrologist, Senior, in that the latter is assigned more complex tasks that require utilization of original analytical techniques, defining and developing policy recommendations, with supervision of technical staff including Hydrologists.


1. Gathers, compiles and performs statistical analysis of technical data pertaining to ground and surface water quantity and quality, urban and agricultural hydrologic programs, rainfall and drainage, flood control, water resource facilities, conservation, and waste water production, disposal, reclamation and reuse.
2. Prepares planning and design analyses and develops alternatives pertaining to hydrology issues.
3. Prepares comprehensive reports regarding precipitation records, groundwater basins, surface water resources, conservation, and water rights.
4. Evaluates water needs and supply availability utilizing computer programs pertaining to hydrology; provides input for the formulation and administration of water supply contracts.
5. Assists with permitting and environmental review functions related to development of water supply projects.
6. Learns and applies County policies and regulations governing public hydrologic programs and maintains official data files and records; negotiates and prepares interagency agreements; prepares grant proposals.
7. May participate in the operation and maintenance of County hydrologic data telemetry systems; may make presentations to officials and the public; may oversee interns and some technical positions.


1. Possession of a Bachelor level degree in one of the physical sciences or civil engineering and one year of experience in a related specialized field or hydrologic work; or,
2. equivalent combination of training, education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Knowledge of: the principles and practices employed in hydrology, water supply, drainage, flood control, surface water, ground water, conservation, and other related aspects of hydrology; statistical analysis methods; computer operations; basic legal requirements governing public hydrologic programs; the permitting and environmental review requirements of water development projects.

Ability to: compile and analyze hydrologic data; prepare reports and comprehensive studies; communicate effectively in written and oral formats; learn and apply County policies and regulations; write grant RFP's (Request for Proposal); negotiate and prepare various agreements; learn and utilize computer programs pertaining to hydrology; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


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