Local recruitment: Alaska residents: Hydrologist 3 (Advanced Hydrologist)

Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Fairbanks, AK, USA 🇺🇸

Salary: $2,813.25 Biweekly

Location: Fairbanks, AK

Job Type: Full Time

Department: Natural Resources

Job Number: 37886

Closing: 1/12/2023 5:00 PM Alaska

Division: Geological & Geophysical Surveys

Position Open To: Alaska Residents Only

Bargaining Unit: General Government

Range: 20

Job Description

What You Will Be Doing
The Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) seeks an advanced-level hydrologist to independently gather, compile, analyze and interpret data through field and office-based work. The successful applicant will use geologic and hydrologic knowledge and utilize GIS to help gather data, work with partner agencies, analyze maps, create river energy databases, compile reports, and disseminate information and other scientific products. We are looking for someone with broad-based hydrologic knowledge and skills that can support a variety of current and future projects.
Mission and Culture
The DGGS mission is to determine the potential of Alaska land for the 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 newly formed Hydrology and Surficial Geology Section increases public safety and strengthens communities and infrastructure by providing information about the distribution and character of the surface materials properties and the distribution of groundwater resources information across all 400 million acres of Alaska. This information is vital for land-use planning efforts and provides essential information many Alaskans use.  
Core Responsibilities 
Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Work independently to generate datasets related to in-river hydrokinetic energy generation potential.
  • Use GIS to create databases and other derivative or interpretive products that support project goals.
  • Prepare proposals to fund remote fieldwork to gather hydrologic data and experiments.
  • Prepare hydrologic interactive product maps, reports, and presentations.
  • Provide leadership to some of the hydrology program staff members.


Benefits of Joining Our Team
DGGS offers ample opportunity to meet program goals through extensive collaboration with top technical and scientific practitioners. This work performed will be a part of ongoing collaborations between DGGS and several stakeholders across the state, including federal and local agencies, native organizations, contractors, individuals, and businesses in the private sector, and offers a great opportunity to build relationships. Staff is encouraged to learn and grow through work activities, from each other’s experiences, and via structured training on equipment, ArcGIS, and other geospatial processing techniques. Field data collections conducted at remote Alaska locations require the team to operate as a single unit under sometimes stressful situations, which encourages team bonding.
The Working Environment You Can Expect
This position is physically located at the DGGS main office in Fairbanks, Alaska. The daily work environment is open and collegial, allowing for collaboration and coordination among the entire DGGS staff.
Who We Are Looking For
We seek a motivated advanced-level hydrologist with database experience, a background in hydrology and power generation, physical geography, geological engineering, or closely related fields, and working knowledge of GIS. Engineering geology, remote sensing, and mapping experience are preferred but not required. Experience conducting fieldwork in remote Alaskan settings is also desirable but not required for this position. If you meet the required Minimum Qualifications for a Hydrologist 3 and have a background in these areas, we encourage you to apply.
 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 advanced professional level experience in geology, hydrology, hydrogeology, or geohydrology. 


Three 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


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 applicationthe applicant must attach as individual documents the following items (If unable to attach documents, please fax or email the contact listed below):

  1. College Transcripts, unofficial is acceptable
  2. Cover Letter: Discuss how each of the following parameters apply to you and provide specific examples.  (Please note: We do not expect candidates to have experience in all these categories; if you do not have experience in one of these categories, please say so.)
  • How do you meet the minimum qualifications for Hydrologist 3, and what background or experience makes you well-suited for this particular position?
  • Give an example of your experience working on a project that involved hydrologic data collection and analysis. How did you collect, organize, and evaluate the data? What was the value of your results (i.e. Why is it important?)?
  • Give an example of your experience using ArcGIS or ArcGIS Pro to make professional-quality maps or figures.
  • Experience creating, manipulating, and analyzing geospatial data using ArcGIS. What products did you create? What was the value of those products?
  • Experience or background with fieldwork in remote settings. What was your role in preparing for the fieldwork? What was your role in conducting the field work/collecting data?

Your cover letter will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment.

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 below.  

If selected for an interviewthe applicant must provide the following:

  • Contact information for three professional references 
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Copies of your two (2) most recent performance evaluations or supervisory letters of recommendation if evaluations are not available

This position requires travel within the state (generally a few days to a week per trip, totaling up to two months for geologic fieldwork, occurring during summer.
Application Notice
You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website or via a hardcopy application. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal, such as AlaskaJobs or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska online or hardcopy application to apply successfully. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska 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.

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. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of the interview. 

Special Instructions for Foreign Education
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this 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, also provide the employer’s name, job title, employment dates, and whether full or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and if minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the recruitment interview and selection phase. 

Note: Attaching a resume is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting, “see resume” or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination that your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.

Bargaining Unit
If you are a current state employee, please mark the union you are a member of at the time of application. If you are not a current state employee, do not complete this question.

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 this position, please contact the hiring manager at the following:

Ronald Daanen

Geologist 4

Phone:  907-451-5009

Fax:  907-451-5965

Email:  ronald.daanen@alaska.gov

Agency: State of Alaska


PO Box 110201

Juneau, Alaska, 99811


(800) 587-0430 (Statewide toll-free number)
(907) 465-4095 (Juneau and out-of-state callers)

Website: http://workplace.alaska.gov/





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