Hydrologist II

Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Anchorage, AK, United States
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Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Department of Natural Resources is recruiting for a Hydrologist II to join the Public Access Assertion and Defense (PAAD) Unit of the Division of Mining, Land and Water.
One of the primary missions of the PAAD Unit is protecting state title to submerged lands and navigable waters statewide.  We accomplish this mission in various ways including administrative actions, litigation in the federal and state court system, and through performing navigability determinations.  The PAAD Unit prides itself on 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 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 preparing navigability determinations and in other administrative actions;
  • Collaborating in the preparation of articles for publication in professional journals and presenting findings at conferences where appropriate;
  • Participating in strategic planning and action for navigability issues; and
  • Providing general hydrological expertise to others within state government.

An ideal candidate for this Hydrologist II position will be a creative, resourceful and accomplished individual with an advanced degree in the field of hydrology who has the following desired knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Proficiency with various types of hydrological instruments such as Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers and other measurement tools as well as proficiency with hydrological software programs;
  • Strong, demonstrated research and writing skills (publication in peer-reviewed hydrological journals is preferred);
  • Solid academic credentials within the field of hydrology;
  • Ability to work independently (with little supervision) or collaboratively as part of a larger team that includes other scientists, other technical experts, and attorneys;
  • Commitment to preparing a professional work product that is defensible under intense peer scrutiny;
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS and ArcMAP (a candidate who has proficiency is preferred);
  • Solid wilderness skills for performing remote fieldwork (certifications in wilderness medicine, swift water safety, etc. are preferred);
  • Meaningful experience in using watercraft--particularly inflatable rafts and other watercraft propelled by oars or paddles;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong work ethic;
  • Positive attitude and outlook; and
  • Problem-solving skills that enable the candidate to respond to uncertainties and unexpected circumstances.

Special Notice:
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.

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 time of application, applicant must attach as separate documents (If unable to attach please fax or email the contact listed below):
  1. Copies of academic transcripts;
  2. A current resume or curriculum vitae that includes, among other things, any publications by the applicant, current certifications held, and any specialized training that the applicant may have that is relevant to the job;
  3. A cover letter that explains the knowledge, skills and abilities the applicant will bring to the position if chosen; explains why the applicant is a good fit for the PAAD Unit and its mission; and explains any other information that bears upon the merits of the application. Your cover letter will be used, in part, to judge your writing ability; and
  4. A writing sample on a hydrological topic for which the applicant was the sole or primary author. This paper should be approximately five to ten pages in length and ideally would have been published in a peer-reviewed forum.

If selected for an interview, applicants must provide the following:

  1. Copies of their last two performance evaluations for their present employment or supervisory letters of recommendation if evaluations are not available;
  2. A list of three professional references (with current telephone numbers) who can be contacted regarding the applicant's qualifications (one of these references must be a current or former supervisor); and
  3. A valid Driver's License.