Hydrologist III

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Austin, TX, USA 🇺🇸


Primary Location: Texas-Austin

Work Locations: Headquarters (582-HQAUS) 12100 Park 35 Circle Austin 78753

Job: Life, Physical, and Social Science

Employee Status: Regular

Schedule: Full-time

Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00

State Job Code: 2464

Salary Admin Plan: B

Grade: 21

Salary (Pay Basis): 4,023.16 – 5,200.61 (Monthly)

Number of Openings: 1

Overtime Status: Exempt

Job Posting: Aug 5, 2022, 8:00:00 AM

Closing Date: Aug 20, 2022, 7:59:00 AM


TCEQ Mission

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality strives to protect our state’s public health and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. Our goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.

Office of Water Mission

The Office of Water strives to protect the State’s water resources consistent with sustainable economic development, working towards clean and available water.

General Description

Conducts highly complex watershed assessment and related functions in support of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Program for the Water Quality Planning Division of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Coordinates activities and project management functions of the TMDL program to includedeveloping work plans and scopes of work; tracking project schedules and budgets; and reviewing and approving project deliverables such as technical support documents, TMDLs, and quality assurance project plans, to ensure satisfactory completion of projects and contracts. Coordinates and reviews the acquisition, analysis and assessment of water quality, biologic, hydrologic, and watershed information and data for use in water resource management; and produces technical reports. Oversees, coordinates, and reviews the work of less experienced staff. Conducts highly complex hydrologic modeling analysis and hydrologic reviews for assessment of surface water quality and load allocations associated with TMDL development and water resource management. Completes hydrologic data analysis and statistical procedures in accordance with agency rules, guidelines, policies, and procedures. Assesses the feasibility and soundness of hydrologic and surface water quality models. Research new hydrologic modeling techniques for addressing water quality issues such as nutrients and dissolved oxygen. Represents the agency at public meetings. Interacts with local, state, and federal agencies, the regulated community and the public regarding TMDL projects. Coordinates with other technical work groups or programs to integrate water programs with TMDL projects. Communicates highly technical information to management and others.

NOTE: This position is also available as a lateral transfer opportunity (LTO) to TCEQ employees within the Hydrologist III state classification. The selected candidate must meet the minimum qualifications of the corresponding job in the Hydrologist III series.

Military Occupational Specialty Codes (MOS)

92W, 72D, AG, 180X – RL, 646X – LDO, MST, 790, 72, OAR15, 6842, 6802, 8831, 1W0X2, 8E000, 9S100.

Special Requirements

  • Moving up to 30 pounds of files.
  • Traveling up to 10% of the time.
  • The agency will review the applicant’s driving history in connection with the use of a vehicle in the performance of the job.


This position offers an opportunity for a hybrid work schedule with a minimum 2-day work in office.


Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in hydrology, engineering, geology, mathematics, or natural or physical science from an accredited college or university, plus four years of full-time experience performing hydrologic work of similar character, scope, and complexity in the areas listed in examples of work performed.


A master’s degree in hydrology, engineering, geology, mathematics, or a natural or physical science from an accredited college or university, plus three years of the full-time experience.


A doctorate in hydrology, engineering, geology, mathematics, or a natural or physical science from an accredited college or university, plus two years of the full-time experience.

Transcripts / College hours or course work: See instructions on how to attach documents. A copy of your official college transcript or evaluation of foreign credentials in CAPPS is required if needed to meet the minimum qualification requirements outlined above.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience analyzing and interpreting chemical, biological, hydrologic, geospatial and other water quality and/or watershed-related data.
  • Experience with computer simulations of surface water flow and water quality.
  • Experience with project management, managing multiple priorities, and/or in the review of deliverables.

Condition of Employment:

TCEQ will verify Selective Service registration for males born on or after January 1, 1960. If exempt from Selective Service registration selected candidate must provide proof of exemption on first day of employment.

Offers of employment are contingent on the candidate having legal authorization to work for the TCEQ.

TCEQ will conduct a criminal history records search on candidates selected for posted vacancies. Only applicants who are interviewed will receive written non-select notification.

In compliance with ADA, if you need any special accommodations during the employment process, please contact HRSS for assistance at (512) 239-0102.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is an Equal Opportunity Employer.