Hydrologist II

Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Anchorage, AK, USA

Job Description

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The Department of Natural Resources is recruiting for a passionate, thorough and resourceful professional to serve as Hydrologist II in the Public Access Assertion and Defense (PAAD) Section of the Division of Mining, Land and Water.
One of the primary missions of the PAAD Unit is protecting state title to its submerged lands and navigable waters statewide.  This mission is accomplished in numerous ways—most notably through litigation in the federal and state court system; through the issuance of Recordable Disclaimers of Interest upon state application; and through state navigability determinations for title purposes.  The PAAD Unit prides itself upon both the quality and quantity of positive results that it obtains as well as its professionalism, stewardship and tenacity in preserving lawful access to the vast natural resources that are owned by the people of the state.
The Hydrologist II for the PAAD Unit has the following primary responsibilities:

  • Serving as lead technical expert on advanced, complex hydrological studies that are undertaken to determine the ownership of navigable waters and submerged lands statewide;
  • Assisting the PAAD Unit as hydrological expert in connection with litigation to quiet state title to its submerged lands and navigable waters statewide;
  • Designing and implementing field studies (including hands-on data collection) to advance strategic objectives;
  • Assisting the PAAD Unit in the preparation of state navigability determinations and RDI applications by providing the hydrologic component;
  • Authoring articles in scholarly and professional publications on selected hydrological topics to advance strategic objectives and presenting findings at conferences where appropriate;
  • Participating in strategic planning and action for navigability issues; and
  • Providing general hydrological expertise—both in written and verbal communication—to others within state government on concerned topics.

The successful candidate for this position will have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of experts and professionals from numerous fields (LAW, Hydrology, Geomorphology, History, Archeology, Surveying and Mapping, etc.); will have the opportunity to participate in high-profile and substantive projects advancing state strategic public-access priorities; will have extensive opportunities to participate in remote fieldwork in many gorgeous areas statewide; will have the opportunity to publish research and analysis in professional publications in appropriate cases; and will be part of an elite team within the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.
The PAAD Section is stationed together on the Tenth Floor of the Atwood Building in Anchorage. We routinely attend meetings, court proceedings and administrative proceedings elsewhere. We also perform remote fieldwork across the state (recent projects include fieldwork within the Brooks Range, the Fortymile Region, and numerous locations within the southcentral areas). The daily work environment will include interaction with PAAD teammates on numerous and diverse projects with frequent interaction with other state and federal staff, outside experts, attorneys, user groups, Native Corporations and the general public.
An ideal candidate for this Hydrology II position will be an organized, thorough and accomplished individual who has the following desired knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Outstanding critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Excellent verbal communication, research and writing skills.
  • Solid academic credentials (a candidate with an advanced degree is preferred) and a work history demonstrating a passion for achieving quality results; the ability to overcome obstacles and impediments; a prioritized and organized approach to achieving objectives; imagination and perseverance.
  • Ability to work independently (with little supervision) or collaboratively as part of a larger team that includes scientists, other technical experts and attorneys.
  • Commitment to preparing a professional work product that is defensible under intense scrutiny through cross-examination and peer review.
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS and ArcMAP (proficiency is preferred).

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited college in hydrology or a natural or physical science which includes course work in hydrology, hydrogeology or, geohydrology.
Two years of journey professional level experience in geology, hydrology, hydrogeology, or geohydrology.
Master’s degree from an accredited college in hydrology, hydrogeology, geohydrology, or a closely related field will substitute for one year of journey professional work experience.
Special Note:
Degrees in the natural or physical sciences include specialties such as biology, chemistry, ecology, engineering, geology, mathematics, etcetera.

Additional Required Information


At the time of applicationthe applicant must attach as separate documents (If unable to attach, please fax or email the contact listed below):
  • A detailed cover letter explaining why the applicant wants to work within the PAAD Section and how his/her knowledge, skills and abilities will benefit the PAAD Section;
  • A professional resume or curriculum vitae;
  • Academic transcripts including indications of degrees conferred;
  • Three professional references or detailed performance evaluations.

If selected for an interviewthe applicant must provide the following:

  • A copy of Alaska Driver’s License; and
  • Pre-employment certification.

This position requires fieldwork in remote areas within the State of Alaska.  Among other things, this means that overnight, multi-day camping in a wilderness setting is often required during the open-water season; travel by small aircraft, boat and ATVs can be routine; long days of self-propelled river travel and data collection are not uncommon; and proficiency with firearms and other means of predatory defense will be expected.   Appropriate training will be provided to the successful candidate, but all interested applicants should be aware that working in a wilderness setting is a reality for this position.
You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website or via a hardcopy (paper) application. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal such as ALEXsys or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska online or hardcopy application to successfully apply. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska “How to Apply” page.  Your application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on the date of closing.

A cover letter is required for this position.   The cover letter should highlight your experience as it pertains to the knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and competencies identified above in the job description section of this posting.   Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax it to the contact number provided in the job posting.

Your cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.
If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of the interview.
If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, job title, employment dates, and whether full or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license. Proof of licensure will be required prior to reporting to duty.
This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position.

A “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” is an offense that is (1) a misdemeanor under Federal or state law; and (2) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.

If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, do NOT apply for this position

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Contact Information

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For specific information about the position please contact the hiring manager at the following:

Jim Walker
Natural Resource Manager 2
Phone:  907-269-4755