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Hydrographer I
Ref No.: 18-03859
Location: San Jose, California
Due Date :04/16/2018
Segment:State and Local
JPAS:NO


Position: Hydrographer I


DEFINITION

To perform complex field work in the gathering and analysis of hydrologic and meteorologic data; to provide hydrologic and weather information to the public, government agencies, and other organizations; and to perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.


DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Hydrographer I

This is the entry level class in the Hydrographer series. This class is distinguished from the Hydrographer II by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the series while learning technical skills to operate and maintain specialized systems used to gather and analyze hydrologic data. Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience. Advancement to the "II” level is based on demonstrated proficiency in performing the assigned functions, and is at the discretion of higher level supervisory or management staff.

Hydrographer II

This is the journey level class within the Hydrographer series. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Hydrographer I by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned including operation and maintenance of field and office systems used to gather and analyze hydrologic data. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the "I” level, or when filled by the outside, have prior experience.

Hydrographer III

This is the advanced journey level class in the Hydrographer series. Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Hydrographer I

Receives immediate supervision from assigned supervisory or management personnel.

Hydrographer II

Receives general supervision from assigned supervisory or management personnel.

Hydrographer III

Receives direction from assigned supervisory or management personnel.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTION STATEMENTS

Essential responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Compile, analyze, interpret, and evaluate hydrographic, hydrologic, meteorologic, and other data affecting both ground and surface water availability, needs, and uses.

2. Develop, operate, and maintain specialized data processing equipment and software, mainframe, and microcomputer databases, reporting formats, and procedures.

3. Perform streamgagings in all flow ranges; develop and maintain streamflow rating and shift curves.

4. Evaluate equipment and sites for the design of data gathering networks; install, maintain, calibrate, troubleshoot, and repair mechanical, pneumatic, and radio telemetering hydrologic measuring instruments.

5. Read and interpret wiring diagrams, schematics, and specifications; prepare and maintain records, logs, reports, maps, charts, graphs, and photographs.

6. Operate various data collection tools and equipment including survey instruments, power tools, electronic test instruments, and computers.

7. Respond to requests for information from engineers, consultants, developers, geologists, and public agencies; provide hydrologic and weather information and forecasts to maintenance and other staff as requested.

8. Obtain piezometer and dam readings; process and enter data into computer from dams and treatment plants; process seepage readings from dams.

9. Provide support in emergency preparedness functions; participate in emergency drills, earthquake response testing, and other emergency operations.

10. Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of hydrologic and meteorologic monitoring.

11. Serve as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

12. Estimate time, materials, and equipment required for jobs assigned; requisition materials as required.

13. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.


QUALIFICATIONS

Hydrographer I

Knowledge of:

Basic principles and theories of hydrology, geology, and meteorology.
Operational characteristics of valves, pumps, meters, telemetering equipment, and
other mechanical and electronic devices.
Basic principles of mathematics including algebra and trigonometry.
Principles of analytical report preparation.
Pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations.

Ability to:

Learn to operate and maintain field and office equipment for gathering and analyzing hydrologic data.
Learn methods and techniques involved in gathering and analyzing data related to
surface and groundwater supply and use.
Learn mainframe and microcomputer hardware and software operations including
databases, spreadsheets, word processing, and graphics.
Learn to develop and maintain specialized computer software for gathering and
analyzing hydrologic data.
Read and interpret maps, charts, graphs, plans, drawings, schematics, and diagrams.

Respond to requests for information from District employees and outside
consultants.
Prepare clear and concise field notes.
Perform accurate mathematical calculations.
Respond to emergency situations in a calm and effective manner.
Interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the
course of work.

Experience and Training Guidelines

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience

One year of experience in gathering and analyzing hydrologic and meteorologic data is desirable.

Training

Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by college level course work in engineering, geology, hydrology, or a related field.

License or Certificate

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license may be required with determinations made on a case-by-case basis at the time of job posting.

Hydrographer II

In addition to the qualifications for Hydrographer I:

Knowledge of:

Principles and theories of hydrology, geology, and meteorology.
Methods and techniques involved in gathering and analyzing data related to surface
and groundwater supply and use.
Advanced principles of mathematics including algebra and trigonometry.
Mainframe and microcomputer hardware and software operations including
databases, spreadsheets, word processing, and graphics.
Operation and maintenance of instruments used to gathering and analyze geologic
and meteorologic data.

Ability to:

Operate and maintain field and office equipment for gathering and analyzing
hydrologic data.
Develop and maintain specialized computer software for gathering and analyzing
hydrologic data.
Provide assistance in developing emergency response and preparedness programs.
Prepare clear and concise technical reports.
As assigned, conduct dam inspections to determine seepage.

Experience and Training Guidelines

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience

Two years of experience in gathering and analyzing hydrologic and meteorologic data using computerized field and office systems.

Training

Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by college level course work in engineering, geology, hydrology or a related field.

License or Certificate

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license may be required with determinations made on a case-by-case basis at the time of job posting.

Hydrographer III

In addition to the qualifications for Hydrographer II:

Knowledge of:

Advanced principles and theories of hydrology, geology, and meteorology.
Advanced operation and maintenance of instruments used to gather and analyze
geologic and meteorologic data.
Advanced methods and techniques involved in gathering and analyzing data related
to surface and groundwater supply and use.

Ability to:

Perform complex analysis on hydrologic, geologic, or meteorological data.
Perform complex emergency dam inspections to evaluate seepage impact.

Experience and Training Guidelines

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience

Three years of experience in gathering and analyzing hydrologic and meteorologic data using computerized field and office systems.

Training

Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by college level course work in engineering, geology, hydrology, or a related field.

License or Certificate

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license may be required with determinations made on a case-by-case basis at the time of job posting.


WORKING CONDITIONS

Environmental Conditions

Office and field environment; travel from site to site; exposure to computer screens.

Physical Conditions

Essential functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for walking, standing, or sitting for prolonged periods of time; operating motorized equipment and vehicles.