Associate Hydrologist

Monterey Peninsula Water Management District

California, USA 🇺🇸


Position Description

Do you enjoy working in a team environment? Do you enjoy science, geology, and performing research? Do you care about the water resources of Monterey Peninsula and hold the qualifications and certifications to be an Associate Hydrologist? If so, the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) welcomes your application to be the next Associate Hydrologist.
The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Associate Hydrologist; this recruitment will fill one (1) vacancy and create an eligible list for an anticipated future opening. Regional Government Services and its staff are conducting this recruitment for the MPWMD.

This position a variety of tasks including developing  and maintaining complex and difficult programs related to managing the District’s surface water resources including the stream flow monitoring program and will  design, install and maintain stream flow gauging stations; and to perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned areas of responsibility.  


  • Will have exceptional critical thinking skills and can exercise strong problem solving skills.
  • Will understand relationships between pertinent facts and can draw appropriate conclusions.
  • Will have the ability to  act under pressure or is able to make decisions quickly in tough situations.
  • Will be collaborative and demonstrate the ability to communicate openly and honestly, caring about fellow team members and external customers in the process.
  • Will be self-driven and proactively assess long term and short term goals for the district. 
  • Will have excellent public speaking skills.


  • Accountability – Is accountable and takes responsibility for the decisions and actions of their teams and direct reports when appropriate.  
  • Adaptability/Flexibility – Works through situations involving ambiguity or setbacks by systematically evaluating options and establishing appropriate action plans. 
  • Collaboration –  Uses knowledge and experience to analyze issues and factors which influence or constrain organizational priorities, goals, and results. 
  • Communication -Models interpersonal communication that invites participation and future dialogue.
  • Influence – Models interpersonal communication that invites participation and future dialogue.
    Maintains an awareness of organizational goals and objectives while simultaneously navigating solutions towards desired outcomes and preserving relationships.
  • Interpersonal Relations and Skills – Facilitates dialogue to gain agreement using sound rationale to explain value of actions.
  • Judgment – Making a decision that is based on careful thought.
  • Reliability and Commitment – Shows commitment, dedication, and accountability in one’s work, and follows through on all projects, goals, aspects of one’s work.
  • Safety – Empowers team to identify and assess credible safety risks (to the agency, its people, its processes, the environment, etc.).
  • Teamwork – Creates a culture of accountability.

Since 1978, The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District has worked diligently to augment the area’s water supply.
The districts functions include:

  • Augmenting the water supply through integrated management of ground and surface water.
  • Promote water conservation.
  • Promote water reuse and reclamation of storm and wastewater.
  • Foster the scenic values, environmental qualities, native vegetation, fish and
     wildlife, and recreation on the Monterey Peninsula and in the Carmel River Basin. 

The Water Management District serves approximately 112,000 people within the cities of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Del Rey Oaks, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Seaside, Sand City, Monterey Peninsula Airport District, and portions of unincorporated Monterey County including Pebble Beach, Carmel Highlands and Carmel Valley. Our sources of revenue include but are not limited to, property tax, user fees, water connection charges, investments, grants, permit fees and project reimbursements.

Examples of Duties

 The following duties are typical for positions in this classification. Any single position may not perform all of these duties and/or may perform similar related duties not listed here:
 Essential Functions:

  1. Design and perform complex hydrologic related research studies; establish methodology and standards; perform data analyses and interpretation relating to surface water quality and quantity; guide technical field staff in data collection, analyses, storage, retrieval, and reporting.
  2. Provide technical support for long-term and interim water supply projects, water rights studies, river erosion and sedimentation processes, fisheries, riparian vegetation, and surface water modeling projects.
  3. Inspect river to identify erosion hazards; perform erosion control and revegetation project design and implementation, including surveying, drafting, and cost estimation; present projects to community groups and prepare permit applications.
  4. Conduct hydrologic analyses of proposed water supply projects including effects on river channel geometry, flood elevations, riparian vegetation, and sediment transport; assist in the preparation of off-site mitigation plans.
  5. Operate, maintain, and repair the District’s ASR Project.
  6. Operate, maintain, and repair stream flow measuring equipment including survey equipment and stream flow measuring gear.
  7. Manage computer database and filing system, compute stream flow records, tabulate rainfall records and prepare technical reports; produce computerized graphics of hydrologic data collected.
  8. Administer contracts for construction projects and hydrologic studies and inspect work activities of contractors; prepare “as built” drawings.
  9. Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of contemporary trends and innovations in the field of surface and ground water resource management and stream flow monitoring.
  10. Hike into remote areas to make inspections, measurements, and observations and to conduct studies.
  11. Operate and maintain the fish counter logging system; assist with fish population surveys and fish rescues, as necessary.
  12. Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.
  13. Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner.
  14. Estimate time, materials and equipment required for jobs assigned; requisition materials as required.
  15. Serve as District representative on interview panels for other agencies, as necessary.
  16. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Typical Qualifications

Experience and Training Guidelines â€”– Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

 Five years of increasingly responsible surface water resource management experience.
 Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in hydrology, geology, environmental sciences, engineering, or a related field.
License or Certificate:
 Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license.
 Knowledge of:
 Operations, services and activities of a stream flow monitoring program.
 Advanced principles and practices of hydrologic, climatic and geologic science.
 Advanced field hydrologic, climatologic and biologic data collection techniques.
 Stream sedimentation and erosion processes.
 Methods and techniques of land surveying.
 Computer equipment, software, and data collection platforms.
 Basic construction skills including carpentry and cement work.
 Intermediate mathematics and statistics.
 Basic electronics.
 Operational characteristics of power and hand tools.
 Water quality sampling protocols.
 Global positioning satellite systems for mapping.
 12 volt wiring.
 Chain of custody forms.
 Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
 Ability to:
 Perform professional-level hydrologic and environmental work studies.
 Accurately quantify surface water resources.
 Design, locate, install, operate and maintain stream flow gauging stations.
 Measure all ranges of stream flow and compute continuous stream flow records.
 Independently perform the most difficult stream flow calculations.
 Conduct meetings and serve as District representative.
 Compile and analyze difficult technical and statistical information and data.
 Utilize a computer terminal for data management, data processing and word processing.
 Interpret, explain and enforce department policies and procedures.
 Operate a vehicle and equipment in a safe and effective manner.
 Perform instrument calibration.
 Use proper techniques to acquire water quality samples.
 Complete chain of custody forms for water quality and biological samples.
 Operate GPS equipment to locate wells and other monitoring sites.
 Work independently in the absence of supervision.
 Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
 Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
 Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
 Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.Supplemental InformationBENEFITS INFORMATION:Medical/Dental/Vision            Program Name: Laborers Northern California Health And Welfare Trust Fund
            Network/Carrier – Blue Cross
            Employer pays 95% of premiums of employee and eligible dependents
            Effective 1st day of the second month following date of hire
           Rate for 1/01/21 to 12/31/21 is $1279
            Program Name – ACWA
            Network/Carrier – Standard Insurance
            Employer pays 100% of premium
           Effective 1st day of the second month following date of hire
            Program Name – ACWA
            Network/Carrier – Standard Insurance
            Employer pays 100% of premium
            Effective 1st day of the month following date of hire
Program Name – ACWA
            Network/Carrier – Standard Insurance
            Employer pays 50% of premium (typically between $6-$11 per month, depending on salary)
            Effective 1st day of the month following date of hire
            Program Name- California Public Employees’ Retirement System
New (PEPRA) Employee contributes 6.75% of salary
            Effective immediately
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Optional Benefits FSA
            Benefit Administrator – NAVIA Benefit Solutions
            Employee may pay full premium  on a pretax basis, depending on insurance product
            Effective 1st day of the month following date of hire
Supplemental Insurance (ALFAC)
Program Name – Aflac
            Network/Carrier – Alfac
            Employee pays for full premium  on a pretax basis, depending on insurance product
            Effective 1st day of the month following date of hire. 
457 Deferred Compensation 
            Benefit Administrator – ICMA
            Employee defers earnings on pre-tax basis into plan.  
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Applications must be submitted on-line through the this applicant tracking system. Materials must be complete and clearly indicate the candidate meets the minimum qualifications. All statements made on the application, resume, and supplemental materials are subject to verification. False statements may be cause for immediate disqualification, removal from eligibility list or discharge from employment.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a Letter of Interest and a focused resume detailing their recent (within the past 10 years) experience and demonstrated career accomplishments relevant to this position along with their application.  

Each candidate’s background will be evaluated on the basis of information submitted at the time of application, and qualified candidates will participate in a preliminary remote interview.  Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to an Oral Panel interview if held.   Only the names of the most-qualified candidates who pass the panel interview process will be submitted to the District for consideration for final selection.  

Additional inquiries about the position may be directed to Alicia Hicks at  

Neither Regional Government Services nor the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District are responsible for failure of internet forms or email transmission in submitting your application.

 Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or selection process should advise us by emailing  [email protected]

Working conditions
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Environmental Conditions:
Office and field environment with some travel to attend meetings; work in and around water; exposure to all types of weather and temperature conditions; exposure to poisonous plants, animals, and/or insects; work closely with others and work alone; irregular work hours; exposure to computer screens, atmospheric conditions, and slippery and uneven conditions; working with machinery.
Physical Conditions:
Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for moderate to heavy lifting and carrying; walking, standing and sitting for prolonged periods of time; bending, climbing and reaching; operating motorized vehicles and equipment.

All communication and notices will be sent via e-mail.
The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District  is an Equal Opportunity Employer





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