CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Hydrologists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Hydrologists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Research the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of underground and surface waters; and study the form and intensity of precipitation, its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and its return to the ocean and atmosphere. Study and document quantities, distribution, disposition, and development of underground and surface waters.
 
Coordinate and supervise the work of professional and technical staff, including research assistants, technologists, and technicians.
 
Prepare hydrogeologic evaluations of known or suspected hazardous waste sites and land treatment and feedlot facilities.
 
Design and conduct scientific hydrogeological investigations to ensure that accurate and appropriate information is available for use in water resource management decisions.
 
Study public water supply issues, including flood and drought risks, water quality, wastewater, and impacts on wetland habitats.
 
Collect and analyze water samples as part of field investigations or to validate data from automatic monitors.
 
Apply research findings to help minimize the environmental impacts of pollution, waterborne diseases, erosion, and sedimentation.
 
Measure and graph phenomena such as lake levels, stream flows, and changes in water volumes.
 
Investigate complaints or conflicts related to the alteration of public waters, gathering information, recommending alternatives, informing participants of progress, and preparing draft orders.
 
Answer questions and provide technical assistance and information to contractors or the public regarding issues such as well drilling, code requirements, hydrology, and geology.
 
Develop or modify methods of conducting hydrologic studies.
 
Install, maintain, and calibrate instruments, such as those that monitor water levels, rainfall, and sediments.
 
Evaluate data and provide recommendations regarding the feasibility of municipal projects, such as hydroelectric power plants, irrigation systems, flood warning systems, and waste treatment facilities.
 
Conduct short-term and long-term climate assessments and study storm occurrences.
 
Study and analyze the physical aspects of the earth in terms of the hydrological components, including atmosphere, hydrosphere, and interior structure.
 
Conduct research and communicate information to promote the conservation and preservation of water resources.
 
Design civil works associated with hydrographic activities and supervise their construction, installation, and maintenance.
 
Review applications for site plans and permits and recommend approval, denial, modification, or further investigative action.
 
Evaluate research data in terms of its impact on issues such as soil and water conservation, flood control planning, and water supply forecasting.
 
Monitor the work of well contractors, exploratory borers, and engineers and enforce rules regarding their activities.
 
Administer programs designed to ensure the proper sealing of abandoned wells.
 
Compile and evaluate hydrologic information to prepare navigational charts and maps and to predict atmospheric conditions.
 
Investigate properties, origins, and activities of glaciers, ice, snow, and permafrost.
 
Develop computer models for hydrologic predictions.
 
Prepare written and oral reports describing research results, using illustrations, maps, appendices, and other information.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Hydrologists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Hydrologists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Hydrologists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Hydrologists
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Advanced Logic Technology WellCAD Computer aided design CAD software
 
Amtec Engineering Tecplot Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Argus ONE Open Numerical Environments Analytical or scientific software
 
Autodesk AutoCAD MAP3D Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk Land Desktop Computer aided design CAD software
 
BOSS International Visual Groundwater Computer aided design CAD software
 
Bentley MicroStation Computer aided design CAD software
 
Biodegration flow and transport modeling BIO F&T software Analytical or scientific software
 
C++ Object or component oriented development software
 
Carlson SurvCADD Computer aided design CAD software
 
Clover Technology GALENA Analytical or scientific software
 
ESRI ArcGIS software Map creation software
 
ESRI ArcView Map creation software
 
EarthSoft EQuIS Geology Data base user interface and query software
 
Earthvision modeling software Analytical or scientific software
 
Electric Rain Swift 3D software Analytical or scientific software
 
Email software Electronic mail software
 
EnviroData Solutions software Data base user interface and query software
 
Environmental Insite software Presentation software
 
Environmental Software and Services SUTRA Analytical or scientific software
 
Fitts Geosolutions TWODAN Analytical or scientific software
 
Formlink HydroGEN Analytical or scientific software
 
Formula translation/translator FORTRAN Development environment software
 
GAEA Technologies Packet ESA Word processing software
 
GAEA Technologies WinLog Word processing software
 
GAEA Technologies WinSieve Categorization or classification software
 
GIS/Key software Data base user interface and query software
 
Geomechanical design analysis GDA software Map creation software
 
Golden Software Strater Analytical or scientific software
 
Golden Software Surfer Map creation software
 
Graphics software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Groundwater Software QuickCross/Fence Analytical or scientific software
 
Groundwater Software QuickLog Analytical or scientific software
 
Groundwater Software Visual Site Manager Data base user interface and query software
 
Groundwater Vistas software Analytical or scientific software
 
Groundwater modeling system GMS software Analytical or scientific software
 
HEC RAS Analytical or scientific software
 
HEC-1 Analytical or scientific software
 
HEC-2 Analytical or scientific software
 
HydroSOLVE AQTESOLV software Analytical or scientific software
 
Hydrologic simulation program fortan HSPF software Analytical or scientific software
 
Integrated Environmental Services 3D Master Computer aided design CAD software
 
Laboratory information management system LIMS software Analytical or scientific software
 
Logger data manager LDM software Analytical or scientific software
 
Logplot software Analytical or scientific software
 
MLPU software Analytical or scientific software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Visual Basic Development environment software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
National pollutant discharge elimination system NPDES compliance software Compliance software
 
PRINCE software Analytical or scientific software
 
Parameter Estimation PEST Analytical or scientific software
 
Revised universal soil loss equation RUSLE software Analytical or scientific software
 
River Lake Altimetry Product Data base user interface and query software
 
RockWare ChemFlux Analytical or scientific software
 
RockWare Geochemist's Workbench GWB Analytical or scientific software
 
RockWare MODFLOW Analytical or scientific software
 
RockWare RockWorks Analytical or scientific software
 
RockWare SieveGraph Graphics or photo imaging software
 
SEDCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Satellite database software Data base user interface and query software
 
Scientific Software Group 3DFATMIC Computer aided design CAD software
 
Scientific Software Group 3DFEMFAT Computer aided design CAD software
 
Scientific Software Group AQUA3D Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group AQUASEA Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group AQUIPACK Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group AT123D Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group AquaDyn Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group Aquifer win32 Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group BIO1D Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group BIOF&T Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group BIOSLURP Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group BioTrends Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group CHASM Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group ChemGraph Data base user interface and query software
 
Scientific Software Group ChemPoint/ChemStat Data base user interface and query software
 
Scientific Software Group DTM Map creation software
 
Scientific Software Group EVS Computer aided design CAD software
 
Scientific Software Group Enviro-Base Pro Data base user interface and query software
 
Scientific Software Group EnviroScape Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group FEFLOW Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group Filter Drain FD Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group GFLOW Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group HYDROGEOCHEM Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group HydroGeo Analyst Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group Infinite Extent Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group MARS 2-D/3-D Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group MIDUSS Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group MIGRATE Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group MINTEQA2 Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group MOCDENSE Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group MODFLOWT Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group MODPUMP Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group MODRET Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group MOFAT Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group MOVER Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group MS-VMS Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group MT3D99 Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group MohrView Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group OILVOL Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group POLLUTE Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group QHM Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group QuickSoil Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group RISC WorkBench Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group RMT Map creation software
 
Scientific Software Group RiverMorph Data base user interface and query software
 
Scientific Software Group SEQUENCE Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group SESOIL Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group SLAEM/MLAEM Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group SOILPARA Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group SOLUTRANS Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group SURF Map creation software
 
Scientific Software Group SVFlux Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group SVHeat Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group Soil Vapor Extraction BioSVE Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group StepMaster Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group TUFLOW Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group VAM2D Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group WinFlow Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software Group WinTran Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software GroupWHI UnSAT Suite Data base user interface and query software
 
Scientific Software GroupWinFence Analytical or scientific software
 
Softree Technical Systems Terrain Tools Map creation software
 
SoilVision Systems SVGrainsize Analytical or scientific software
 
SoilVision Systems SoilVision software Data base user interface and query software
 
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
 
Starpint Software Super Slug Analytical or scientific software
 
StatPoint StatGraphics Plus Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Surface water modeling system SMS software Analytical or scientific software
 
Trimble Pathfinder Office Map creation software
 
Trimble TerraSync Data base user interface and query software
 
Vieux & Associates Vflow Analytical or scientific software
 
Visual MODFLOW Pro Analytical or scientific software
 
Waterloo Hydrogeologic AquaChem Analytical or scientific software
 
Waterloo Hydrogeologic AquiferTest Pro Analytical or scientific software
 
Waterloo Hydrogeologic RBC Tier 2 Analyzer Analytical or scientific software
 
Waters eLab Notebook Data base user interface and query software
 
Watershed modeling system WMS software Analytical or scientific software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
eSense software Data base user interface and query software
 
gINT software Analytical or scientific software
 
Bailers Laboratory bailers
 
Biological oxygen demand water samplers Water samplers
 
Calipers Calipers
 
Cellular telemetry system water level monitors Open stream water level recorders
 
Clinometers Clinometers
 
Conductivity meters Conductivity meters
 
Core samplers Soil core sampling apparatus
 
Data logging pressure/temperature sensors Surface data logging sensors
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Dessicators Heating or drying equipment or accessories
 
Dip nets Commercial fishing nets
 
Dissolved oxygen meters Dissolved oxygen meters
 
Doppler current and depth meters Sonars
 
Double-packer systems Water samplers
 
Drive-point piezometers Pressure sensors
 
Erosion monitors Dissolution or disintegration testers
 
Extensometers Extensometers
 
Filter flasks Laboratory flasks
 
Flow-through field fluorometers Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters
 
Global positioning system GPS devices Global positioning system receivers
 
Groundwater data logging instruments Logging instruments for water wells
 
Groundwater sampling peristaltic pumps Peristaltic pumps
 
Handheld data collection units Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
 
Hydraulic fracturing systems Portable seismic apparatus
 
Hydrological current meters Open stream current meters
 
Ice meters Thickness measuring devices
 
In-situ pore water samplers Water samplers
 
Inclinometers Pitch measuring instruments
 
Instream sediment collectors Water samplers
 
Laboratory vacuum pumps Laboratory vacuum pumps
 
Laser printers Laser printers
 
Levels Levels
 
Light density meters Lightmeters
 
Mainframe computers Mainframe computers
 
Map templates Templates
 
Micrometers Micrometers
 
Multi-port sampling systems to monitor groundwater Water analyzers
 
Multiparameter water quality instruments Water analyzers
 
Notebook computers Notebook computers
 
Oil water interface meters Oil content monitors analyzers
 
Ovens Laboratory mechanical convection ovens
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Pipettes Dropping pipettes
 
Pore pressure piezometers Pressure sensors
 
Portable pumping and sampling systems Sampling pumps
 
Radar equipment Radarbased surveillance systems
 
Radiological monitoring equipment Radiation detectors
 
Respirators Respirators
 
Salinity meters Salinity meter
 
Sediment samplers Water samplers
 
Sieve shakers Laboratory sifting equipment
 
Soil samplers Soil core sampling apparatus
 
Sounding reels Filters or other spare parts for samplers
 
Specific gravity hydrometers Hydrometers
 
Spring scales Pull spring balances
 
Standpipe multi-packer systems for long-term monitoring of deep boreholes Well logging downhole test equipment
 
Stream flow gauges Open stream current meters
 
Submersible pressure and level sensors Water analyzers
 
Submersible water quality sensors Water analyzers
 
Subsurface grab water samplers Water samplers
 
Suction samplers Water samplers
 
Surface water velocity measurement probes Flowmeters
 
Swing water samplers Water samplers
 
Total stations Theodolites
 
Turbidimeters Turbidimeters
 
Two way radios Two way radios
 
Underwater temperature recorders Remote reading thermometers
 
Underwater video cameras Underwater cameras
 
Water level recorders Open stream water level recorders
 
Well/surface water dataloggers Surface data logging units
 
Wireless data collection systems Logging instruments for water wells
 
pH meters pH meters
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Hydrologists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Hydrologists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Assistant Groundwater Engineer
Environmental Consultant
Geologist
Geophysical Laboratory Chief
Geophysicist
Groundwater Consultant
Groundwater Programs Director
Hydraulic Engineer
Hydrogeologist
Hydrologic Engineer
Hydrologist
Isotope Hydrologist
Professor
Research Hydrologist
Seismologist
Source Water Protection Specialist
Surface Hydrologist
Volcanologist
Water Resources Program Director
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Hydrologists
 
 
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