Hydrologist II

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


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The Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mining, Land and Water is seeking an independent and motivated hydrologist with expertise in ground water, surface water, and water quality. The ideal candidate would provide knowledge of basic and applied hydrology to measure and monitor groundwater levels and surface water flows, develop and interpret geologic profiles, test and characterize ground water aquifers, measure and quantify stream hydraulics; and apply the concepts of geochemistry to water quality issues. In this position you will collaborate with technical experts in state and federal agencies and interact with the public and private industry to provide supporting hydrologic analysis and expertise to best manage Alaska’s water resources.
The Department of Natural Resources’ mission is to "develop, conserve and maximize the use of Alaska's natural resources consistent with the public interest." The Alaska Hydrologic Survey sits within the Water Section of the Division of Mining, Land and Water (DMLW). The incumbent is expected to interact with other state and federal agencies as well as units within ADNR/DMLW including Water Management, Dam Safety, Survey, Navigability, and Statewide Abatement of Impaired Land (SAIL) units in order to provide supporting hydrologic analysis and expertise as needed.

Provides lead hydrologic direction and support for statewide mining projects through the Large Mine Permitting Team. Make appropriate recommendations to management based on expertise to identify, use and properly manage the water resources of the state. Interact directly with the public for assessment of water resource issues, advise other state employees as well as the public on the use and interpretation of hydrologic data. Assist the Alaska Hydrologic Survey to maintain water use, well log. and groundwater monitoring databases as required. The incumbent must have the ability to work independently, efficiently, and effectively with minimal supervision.

As the Northern Region Hydrologist for DNR, you will interact with a wide variety of state and federal agencies. You will be a part of the Alaska Hydrologic Survey and interact with other state and federal agencies as well as units within ADNR/DMLW including Water Management, Dam Safety, Survey, Navigability, and Statewide Abatement of Impaired Land (SAIL) units to provide supporting hydrologic analysis and expertise as needed.
This position is in the Northern Regional office co-located with other ADNR Divisions on Airport Way in Fairbanks, AK. The daily work is collaborative and quiet, but also widely variable depending on the workload. You will conduct field work, mainly during the ice-free months, to assess water resource issues or measure groundwater levels or stream flows. You will interact with other sections and staff daily.  The option for teleworking is available after a probationary period. The work is fast paced, with support from an experienced team of water resource professionals and hydrologists.

Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and Competencies

We are seeking an individual with the following desired knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and Competencies:

  • Considerable knowledge of hydrology and/or geology this includes the principles and practices such as understanding and applying the hydrologic cycle; mapping groundwater and surface water systems; developing, interpreting, and understanding geologic profiles; aquifer identification, testing, and analysis; interpreting and understanding well and stream hydraulics; or applying the concepts of geochemistry to water quality issues.
  • Considerable knowledge data collection techniques and procedures, instrumentation, and site assessments as applied to hydrologic projects.
  • Working knowledge of contaminants and their transport pathways and processes as related to water resources and water quality. 
  • Skill in using and applying geographic information systems and other software/hardware appropriate to the level and type of project or task. 
  • Skill in reading and interpreting engineering plans, maps, aerial photographs, and/or satellite images.
  • Skill in reviewing and commenting on permit applications as they pertain to water resources.
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. Professionally formatted cover letter – please see cover letter information above and below for more information on the cover letter;
  2. Copy of professional accreditations, if any; and
  3. A copy of your last two (2) performance appraisals (if you are a current or former State of Alaska employee) or two (2) letters of recommendation from a former supervisor.


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

  1. A resume with complete job history, including the names and current telephone numbers of previous employers;
  2. A list of three (3) professional references with current contact information, one (1) of which must be from a former or current supervisor;
  3. A copy of any documents necessary to show proof of meeting this position’s minimum qualifications. This includes a copy of your college transcripts if you are using education to meet the position’s minimum qualifications; and
  4. A valid Driver’s License.



This recruitment is open to Alaska Residents Only.  Applicants must meet Alaska Residency Requirements in order to be considered for employment at this time. Non-Alaska residents need not apply.


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In addition to answering the supplemental question regarding how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, a cover letter is required. The cover letter should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies as they pertain to the responsibilities listed in the job description above. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax it to the contact number provided in the job posting.  The cover letter will be used as a writing sample and will help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection 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. 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 interview.



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 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.



If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.



Applicants must possess a valid driver's license. An individual without a valid driver's license, who meets the minimum age and experience requirements, may apply for the vacancy. An applicant qualifying under this option may receive a job offer conditional upon acquisition of a valid driver's license. Proof of licensure will be required prior to reporting to duty.


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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at the following:

Name: Kevin Petrone

Title: Hydrologist IV            

Phone: (907) 269-8646 

Email: kevin.petrone@alaska.gov