Hydrologist V

State of Delaware

Dover, DE, USA 🇺🇸

Opening Date10/28/2021 12:00:00 AM
Closing Date11/26/2021 11:59:00 PM
Type of RecruitmentOpen Competitive
SalaryYearly: $75,640.00/Min – $100,687.00/Mid
Salary PlanSMV
Pay GradeH20
Shift Hours8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Employment TypeActual Vacancy
Employment TermRegular
AgencyDNREC/Div. of Water – Groundwater Eval. & Prot.
Location(s)Richardson & Robbins Bldg: (89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE, 19901)
Contact NameDNREC Applicant Services
Contact Phone302-739-9901


Ensuring the availability and affordability of safe drinking water is critical to the health and welfare of Delawareans.  More than 90% of Delaware’s drinking water is provided by groundwater, and it is of critical importance that the Division of Water reallocate staff resources to address the increasing and emerging challenges to the protection of this resource.  As a result of reallocating staff resources, the Division is forming a Groundwater Evaluation and Protection Branch.   

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Summary Statement

This position will lead and direct the hydrology-based programmatic and scientific initiatives of the Division of Water Groundwater Initiative and serve as lead hydrologist for all monitoring designs, scientific studies, reporting and publication, expert testimony and coordination with stakeholders.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Collects, analyzes, and interprets field samples, scientific literature and statistical data.  
  • Supervises and documents the installation of wells; inspects and compiles data regarding existing wells, waste disposal sites, and underground storage facilities.
  • Summarizes data used in studies, projects, plans, specifications and research.
  • Performs mathematical calculations to aid in the selection of alternatives.
  • Reviews and comments on permit applications.
  • Provides technical and regulatory information.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Hydrologist V
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Possession of a Masters degree or higher in geology, hydrology or related field OR a Bachelors degree or higher in geology, hydrology or related field and registration as a Professional Geologist.
  2. Possession of a Scientific prominence and recognition in geological or hydrological studies within a geographic region. 
  3. Three years experience in hydrogeology and stratigraphy. 
  4. Three years experience in analyzing and interpreting hydrogeologic data and making technical recommendations.
  5. Three years experience in environmental or natural resources project management which includes planning, developing, implementing, managing and evaluating environmental or natural resources projects to ensure objectives are met.
  6. Three years experience in interpreting environmental laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures. 

Additional Posting Information

As a condition of employment, all employees must certify that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated by September 30, 2021; or be required to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis starting on September 30, 2021; or request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination(s) due to health or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices by September 30, 2021.  If hired after September 30, 2021, these certifications or requests must be completed during their initial week of employment. This will be in effect until further notice.  More information can be found here.

This posting may be closed on or before 11/26/2021 upon filling the vacant position(s).

Conditions Of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  DNREC does not provide sponsorship for holders of H-1 B Visas.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware Executive Branch participates in the Federal E-Verify system where the State will provide the federal government with each new hires Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our job seeker resources.

As a condition of hire you must possess a valid driver’s license (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).


To learn more about the comprehensive benefit package please visit our website at https://dhr.delaware.gov/benefits/

Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at Delaware State Jobs.


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance. The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. 





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