Alaska residents: North Slope Hydrologist

Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Fairbanks, AK, USA 🇺🇸

Salary: $2,556.00 Biweekly
Location: Fairbanks, AK
Job Type: Long Term Nonperm
Department: Natural Resources
Job Number: 34414
Closing: 5/4/2022 5:00 PM Alaska
Division: Geological and Geophysical Surveys
Position Open To: Alaska Residents Only
Bargaining Unit: General Government
Range: 19

Job Description

What You Will Be Doing
The Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) is seeking an advanced level hydrologist to contribute to Arctic hydrology studies supporting communities and infrastructure in Alaska.  The successful applicant will use knowledge of the hydrological cycle in cold climates, field data collection, weather and discharge stations operations and maintenance, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) geospatial data analysis and processing, and airborne/satellite remote sensing to make meaningful contributions to the division’s Hydrogeology Program (HP). The successful applicant will work under the direction of the HP manager in Fairbanks, Alaska. This is a long-term nonpermanent position for a minimum of one year with an anticipated extension of up to three years, depending on project funding.
Mission and Culture
The DGGS mission is to determine the potential of Alaska land for production of metals, minerals, fuels, and geothermal resources, the locations and supplies of groundwater and construction material, and the potential geologic hazards to buildings, roads, bridges, and other installations and structures (AS 41.08.020).  The Hydrogeology Program resides within DGGS’ Engineering Geology section, which works to increase public safety and strengthen communities and infrastructure by providing geologic-hazard, construction materials, and groundwater resources information and expertise across all 400 million acres of Alaska. The Hydrogeology Program is a small but growing effort focused on understanding the hydrological cycle of Alaska and groundwater recharge in a changing climate by monitoring, modeling, and mapping to evaluate hydrogeological processes, flooding, and erosion.  This program is dedicated to fostering scientific partnerships that will improve the quality and quantity of the critical baseline data necessary to fuel informed decision-making throughout the state and, in doing so, address the needs of Alaska communities facing threats to infrastructure and drinking water from environmental changes.
Core Responsibilities
Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Plan, conduct, and process data from field investigations on hydrological processes, including:
    1. Install and maintain weather, stream gauging, snow, and permafrost observing stations.
    2. Measure stream discharge using a variety of methods, including remote-controlled vehicles.
    3. Measure water quality, including field-based methods and sampling.
    4. Interpret remote sensing products to provide spatially distributed watershed information.
    5. Provide logistical support for remote travel throughout rural Alaska communities, including assisting with flight, boat, ATV, or vehicle rental, as well as lodging bookings, remote emergency response planning and training, and state contracts and procurements.
    6. Log boreholes and perform borehole maintenance of logging equipment.
  • Locate, import, export, reformat, and process watershed data in a GIS, including elevation data.
  • Create and maintain geodatabases to store watershed data.
  • Perform geospatial analysis to answer focused questions regarding watershed hydrology.
  • Prepare and use remotely sensed data (elevation and imagery) to create data layers, maps, and online tools and geographic information products.
  • Prepare written publications including reports of investigations, peer-reviewed journal articles, and data files to release data and analyses to the public.
  • Communicate hydrological analyses through presentations and online content for the public and project partners. 
  • Prepare, organize, and archive datasets ready for ingestion in hydrological models.

Benefits of Joining Our Team
The DGGS Engineering Geology Section includes professionals at all career levels who work together to meet division goals.  Staff are encouraged to learn and grow through work activities, from each other’s experiences, and via structured trainings for ArcGIS and other geospatial processing techniques.  Field investigations conducted at remote sites require teams to operate as a coordinated unit under sometimes stressful situations, which encourages team bonding.  A flexible work schedule can be negotiated on an individual basis in consultation with the supervising Section Chief.  The State of Alaska supports hybrid telework up to half time, in-state only, upon completion of a 1-year probationary period.
The Working Environment You Can Expect
This position is located in Fairbanks, Alaska.  This is the primary office of DGGS and where the Hydrogeology Program is based.  The daily work environment is open and collegial, allowing for collaboration and coordination among the entire DGGS staff.  Field work can be anywhere in the state and could include working with external contractors (e.g., geophysicists, drillers).
Who We Are Looking For
We are seeking a motivated research professional with a strong background in hydrology, geospatial analysis, and field data collection, as well as a working knowledge of permafrost, soils, geomorphology, or closely related fields.  If you meet the required Minimum Qualifications for Hydrologist 2 and have a background in these areas, we encourage you to apply.Minimum QualificationsBachelor’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.ANDTwo years of journey professional level experience in geology, hydrology, hydrogeology, or geohydrology.   Substitution: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**NOTE: PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY**

This recruitment is open to Alaska Residents only.  Applicants must meet Alaska Residency Requirements to be considered for employment at this time.

At the time of application,the applicant must attach, as separate documents, the items listed below.   If unable to attach, please fax or email the contact listed below):

  • Cover letter
  • Transcripts, including a statement of degrees earned
  • Resume

If selected for an interviewthe applicant must provide the following:

  • Three professional references
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Pre-employment Certification form


  • This position will require travel within the state (typically 3-5 trips of 10 days or less per year, occurring during all seasons).
  • Fieldwork will include traversing rough terrain on foot; traveling by helicopter, small fixed-wing aircraft, and boat; living in sparse or primitive conditions; and spending extended periods of time working in remote settings far from medical facilities.
  • Fieldwork includes working around, on, adjacent to, and in lakes, streams, and rivers, sometimes under wild and/or rough conditions with possibility for immersion.

Application Notice
You can apply for this position ONLY through the Workplace Alaska website or by submitting a hardcopy application.  If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through an alternative job search portal, you MUST go to a Workplace Alaska to apply successfully.   Workplace Alaska’s instructions for applying 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 closing date.

Cover Letter
A cover letter is required for this position.   The cover letter should explain how your education, background, and experience make you well suited for this position and support meeting the position’s specific competencies.  The cover letter will also be used as a writing sample.   Your cover letter will help determine which applicants will advance to the interview and selection phases of the process.

Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax or email it to the contact number provided in the job posting.  

Supplemental Questions
A cover letter is NOT required for this position.  This recruitment utilizes a supplemental questionnaire as part of the application process.  These questions may be a mix of written, multiple-choice, and select all that apply questions.  The answers you provide to the questions will be an opportunity for you to tell us about your experience and education. Your complete application, including your responses to supplemental questions, will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview and selection phases of the 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.   Transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications.   Therefore, transcripts should be attached at the time of application.   
Special Instructions for Foreign Education
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above.  If utilizing foreign education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
Work Experience 
If using work experience not already documented in your application, provide the employer’s name, the title of position held, employment dates, and whether full or part-time employment.  Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and meet the position’s minimum qualifications.  If the minimum requirements are not met, the applicant may not advance to the recruitment interview and selection phase. 

Driver’s License Requirement 
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

EEO Statement
The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or 465-4095 in Juneau or (907) 465-3412 (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P. O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201.  The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.Contact Information

Workplace Alaska Application Questions & Assistance
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For specific information about the position, you may contact the hiring manager at the following:
 Name:  Ronald DaanenTitle:  Program Manager, Alaska Hydrogeology ProgramPhone:  907-451-5965Email:  [email protected]