Local recruitment: Hydrographer I/II

Valley Water

California, USA 🇺🇸

DescriptionHydrology, Hydraulics and Geomorphology Unit (Position Code 0283)Hydrographer I:  $7,590.27 – $9,722.27 monthly
Hydrographer II: $8,378.93 – $10,731.07 monthly

Do you have one or more years of experience working with streamgage networks? If so, check out this opportunity!

Located in many remote areas of the picturesque Santa Cruz and Diablo Mountain ranges in the beautiful Santa Clara Valley, this unique opportunity as a new Valley Water Hydrographer I/II employee offers work assignment variability non-typical of other standard Hydrographer positions and long-term job fulfillment in a fun, relaxed atmosphere while offering a competitive salary/benefit package. The new position supports the allocated $2 million Hydrologic Data Measurement and Management Project within the Hydrology, Hydraulics, and Geomorphology Unit which provides basic modeling calibration Surface Water data for Valley Water’s Flood Control and Groundwater Recharge programs, and many other internal/external customers. This apprentice/journey level Hydrographer I/II position is required to support continuing expansion of the current 149 surface water gage network including new gages for the Pacheco Reservoir Expansion, Lake Silvera Projects, recently Board adopted new water rate zones, and other Watershed and Water Supply Operations requirements.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Operating and maintaining stream/reservoir/precipitation/water temperature stations including installation, calibrating, operating, troubleshooting, and repairing electronic dataloggers/sensors and radio telemetry.
  • Performing stream flow measurements in all ranges of flow to create, update, and maintain stream flow rating curves.
  • Obtain, process, compute, analyze, interpret and evaluate  hydrologic, data while operating and maintaining a specialized hydrologic database and completing an annual station record.
  • Respond to requests for information from internal/external customers including engineers, consultants, other public agencies, and the general public.
  • Performing surveying at streamgaging stations utilizing differential leveling.
  • Provide support in emergency preparedness functions; participate in emergency drills, earthquake response testing and other emergency operations. Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the hydrologic data field.

Ideal Candidate’s Background Includes:
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria listed below.

Ideal Experience:
Hydrographer I

  • One (1) year of experience in gathering and analyzing hydrologic data.
  • Hydrographer experience utilizing USGS policy/procedures.
  • Learning in operation/maintenance of streamgages, streamgaging in all flow ranges, and compiling an annual streamgage record.  
  • Proven track record of working independently and in a team environment.

Hydrographer II
In addition to the ideal criteria for Hydrographer I:

  • Three (3) years of experience in gathering and analyzing hydrologic data using computerized field and office systems. 
  • Proven track record in the independent  operation/maintenance of streamgages, past experience in streamgaging in all flow ranges, and in independently compiling an annual streamgage record to USGS policy/procedures including proper application and timing of corrections.   

Ideal Skills and Abilities:
Hydrographer I

  • Learn to operate and maintain field equipment for gathering and analyzing hydrologic data.
  • Learn methods and techniques involved in gathering and analyzing data related to surface water use.
  • Learn to operate and maintain a specialized application interfacing a hydrologic database for inputting and analyzing hydrologic data.
  • Aware of applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
  • Read and interpret maps, charts, graphs, plans, drawings, schematics, and diagrams.
  • Respond to information from Valley Water employees and outside customers.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Hydrographer II
 In addition to the ideal criteria for Hydrographer I:

  • Independently operate and maintain assigned stations in a hydrologic data collection network which may include stream, reservoir, precipitation, and/or water temperature gages including radio telemetry options.
  • Independently perform streamflow measurements in the full range of flow conditions, using a variety of flow meters and measurement methods.
  • Operate and maintain field and office equipment for gathering and analyzing hydrologic data.
  • Compile and interpret hydrologic data; identify trends in order to maintain shifted rating curves.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations
  • Advise apprentice staff and participate in internal/external customers discussions as it relates to the Surface Water Network/hydrologic data.
  • Stay abreast of new technology by participating in various conferences, vendor training, industry meetings and inter-agency discussions. 
  • Perform as assigned, small projects that benefit the long-term Hydrologic Data Measurement and Management Project while supporting many internal projects/programs requirements.

Ideal Knowledge:
Hydrographer I and II

  • Some knowledge of basic principles and theories of hydrology, geology, and meteorology
  • Some knowledge of scientific data collection and proper field notes .
  • An introduction to operational characteristics of mechanical current meters and/or acoustic flow measurement devices, telemetering equipment, and other mechanical and electronic devices.
  • Principles of sciences/mathematics including algebra and trigonometry.
  • Principles of analytical report preparation.
  • State Senate Bill 88 (measuring and reporting the diversion of water).

Ideal Training and Education:

  • Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in geology, hydrology, hydraulics, sciences, or a related field. 
  • USGS training in streamflow gage operation/maintenance, streamflow gaging, annual records compilation. Hands-on training from shadowing an experienced USGS Hydrographer.
  • State Senate Bill 88 (measuring and reporting the diversion of water).

*Must be able to lift 50 lbs.Required License or CertificatePossession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license. Individuals who do not meet the driver’s license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis. Selected candidate will be required to successfully pass a medical examination.

To review the Classification Specification, please click here(Download PDF reader)Selection Process(1)   The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.
(2)   The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.

NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.

Valley Water’s Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.

Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 408-630-2260.

Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.