Local recruitment: Hydrologist 2

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Kalispell, MT, USA 🇺🇸


Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s mission is to help ensure that Montana’s land and water resources provide benefits for present and future generations.

The DNRC believes employees are their most important asset. The DNRC empowers employees to exercise professional judgment in carrying out their duties. Employees are provided with the training and tools necessary to achieve the mission. Both team effort and individual employee expertise are supported and sustained. Montana DNRC (mt.gov) 

Job Overview:

The Hydrologist provides professional hydrology and soils management expertise to develop, coordinate and implement hydrology, fisheries and soils functions of the Trust Land Management Division. This position provides professional expertise to NWLO Units, the Land Office staff and the Forest Management Bureau.


The DNRC may include the following factors in determining whether an applicant meets the qualifications of a position vacancy: State of MT application form, cover letter, current resume, educational requirements, structured interview, a performance test, job-related reference checks, job-related work experience, job-related past and current performance.  


  • Online State of Montana application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Refrences

*Tip: When attaching your cover letter and resume you must mark the attachments as “relevant”.

Responsibilities that make an impact in our community:

Hydrologic and Soils Analysis and Strategy Development

This position provides professional hydrologic and soils analysis for proposed forest and other land management projects and develops and coordinates Area-wide strategies for watershed and water resource management based on DNRC laws, rules, and policies.  The incumbent conducts in-depth research and professional analysis to determine potential environmental impacts; analyzes research results from similar environments; evaluates and recommends Best Management Practices; develops, implements, and manages strategies for monitoring NWLO adherence to State Forest Land Management Plan and Habitat Conservation Plan; analyzes hydrologic and soils impacts of proposed or existing activities; develops appropriate, unique responses to timber sale problems; serves as a professional member of several interdisciplinary teams; develops legally and scientifically defensible reports; coordinates with DNRC Forest Management Bureau and other resource management professionals; and develops and recommends customized methodologies for the application of Threatened and Endangered and sensitive species standards and guidelines. 

Technical Assistance and Training

This position provides training and expertise to Unit and Area personnel in hydrology and soils management, BMPs, SMZ law, and environmental impacts.  The incumbent serves as the Area’s technical authority on hydrologic and soils evaluation and mitigation issues; provides professional expertise and consultation to Unit and Area resource managers; provides technical guidance to Unit Managers and other Unit/Area foresters in response to specific issues or problems; develops and conducts technical training sessions and workshops; serves as liaison between Area and Units, other specialists, Forest Management Bureau, and contractors; develops and implements specialized computer applications; and collects and synthesizes information for use in analysis and monitoring.

*If you are interested in a complete job description please contact HR at [email protected]


Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):

The position requires education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in hydrology (or forestry with emphasis in forest hydrology, or closely related field), plus four (4) years of progressively responsible experience related to forest hydrology and soils management in forested ecosystems and resource policy.  Alternate combinations of education and experience that have resulted in the acquisition of the required KSAs may also be considered.

SPECIAL INFORMATION: Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States. A valid driver’s license is required with less than 12 conviction points in the most recent completed 36 months.

ELIGIBILITY TO WORK: In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three days of hire documents that show authorization to work in the United States. Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or Social Security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., or a U.S. passport, or a “green card”.Other combinations of education or experience may be substituted.

Applicant Pool Statement:  If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. Training Assignment:  This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.  

Job:  Science 

Salary: $ 30.02 – 30.02  Hourly 

Benefits Package Eligibility:  Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan  

Number of Openings:  1 

Employee Status:  Regular 

Schedule:  Full-Time 

Shift:  Day Job 

Travel:  Yes, 5 % of the Time  

Primary Location:  Kalispell 

   Agency:  Department of Natural Resources & Conservation Union:  000 – None Bargaining Unit:  000 – None  

Posting Date:  Aug 29, 2022, 9:36:23 PM 

Closing Date (based on your computer’s timezone):  Sep 30, 2022, 8:59:00 AM 

Required Application Materials:  Cover Letter, Resume, References  

Contact Name:  Jennifer Downing  |  Contact Email:  [email protected]  |  Contact Phone:  1-406-444-2013 The State of Montana has a decentralized human resources (HR) system. Each agency is responsible for its own recruitment and selection. Anyone who needs a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process should contact the agency’s HR staff identified on the job listing or by dialing the Montana Relay at 711. Montana Job Service Offices also offer services including assistance with submitting an online application.

State government does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, creed, political beliefs or affiliation, veteran status, military service, retaliation, or any other factor not related to merit and qualifications of an employee or applicant.





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