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Hydrologist, Senior

Salary: $33.08-$40.38 hourly / $5,753-$7,023 monthly / Range: 6348

DEFINITION: Under general direction, performs advanced technical hydrologic analysis, makes policy recommendations, may supervise technical staff, and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is the senior journey level class in which incumbents are expected to have sufficient background in County policies regarding water use and reclamation. The Hydrologist, Senior, differs from the Hydrologist, in that incumbents are assigned more complex tasks that require development of original analytical techniques, definition and development of policy recommendations, and may supervise technical staff including Hydrologists.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

1. Performs highly complex analysis and interprets technical data pertaining to ground and surface water quantity and quality, urban and agricultural hydrologic programs, rainfall and drainage, flood control, water resource facilities and waste water productions, disposal, reclamation and reuse.
2. Compiles and interprets planning and design analyses based on independent critical evaluations and makes recommendations pertaining to hydrologic issues.
3. Prepares comprehensive reports regarding groundwater basins, surface water resources, and water rights.
4. Evaluates water needs and supply availability utilizing hydrologic models; develops computer programs pertaining to hydrology and hydrologic models; assists in the formulation and administration of water supply contracts.
5. Recommends, trains, supervises, and evaluates technical staff.
6. May use computer models to evaluate flooding potential and make recommendations for public warnings during storm periods.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in one of the physical sciences or civil engineering and four years of experience in hydrologic or hydrogeologic work; or,
2. possession of an advanced degree in a related field and two years experience in hydrologic work; or,
3. equivalent combination of training, education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

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

Knowledge of: the advanced principles and practices employed in hydrology, water supply, drainage, flood control, surface water, ground water, and other related aspects of hydrology; the legal requirements governing public hydrologic programs; the principles of supervision.

Ability to: compile and analyze complex hydrologic data; prepare reports and comprehensive studies; communicate effectively in written and oral formats; interpret and apply County policies and regulations; develop and utilize computer programs pertaining to hydrology; make selection recommendations, train, and evaluate subordinates; assign and review the work of others; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Desirable Qualifications: Experience in supervision techniques is highly desirable.

Specialized knowledge: of meteorology and local storm rainfall patterns, and operational cloud-seeding methods and potential local impacts required for positions in Flood Control.

 



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