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HYDROLOGIST 2-58500 (22140054)

Job Overview 

The Hydro-Sciences Section within the Water Management Bureau (WMB) is seeking a Groundwater Hydrologist. This position will remain open until January 30, 2022.

The Hydro-Sciences Section conducts hydrologic investigations of Montana’s surface and groundwater resources, provides technical support to other bureaus within the Water Resources Division (WRD) and supports the development of new water resource policies, rules, and regulations. The WMB is organized into a Water Resources Planning Section and Hydro-Sciences Section. WMB staff frequently partner with local water users, watershed groups, conservation districts, other Bureaus and Divisions within DNRC, and other state and federal agencies.

The Groundwater Hydrologist conducts hydrologic investigations, modeling studies, and provides technical support to the Water Rights Bureau to implement the Montana Water Use Act. The position communicates complex information through fact sheets, written reports, oral presentations, and web-based applications. The position reports directly to the Hydro-sciences Section Supervisor; however, the incumbent is required to exercise considerable discretion, creativity, and professional judgment.

Essential Functions
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Technical Support

Hydrologic Investigations
This position conducts hydrological investigations to ensure that accurate and appropriate information is available to support the resolution of water resource management issues identified by local water users, or local, state, and federal agencies. Typical investigations revolve around questions of basin water supply (physical availability), implementation of Federal Reserved Water Right Compacts, irrigation efficiency, drought and flood risks, stream dewatering, and the distribution of water by court degree. Hydrological investigations are conducted in consultation with interested stakeholders that may include water users, watershed groups, tribal agencies, elected officials and government agency personnel. This position also works closely with other state and federal agencies in collaborative partnerships. The position communicates complex information through fact sheets, written reports, oral presentations, and web-based applications.

Other Duties as Assigned
This position performs a variety of other duties in support of ongoing Division and Department operations. This includes representing the Division or Department at various meetings and conferences, working as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, and participating in ongoing training and educational programs. This position provides technical review of scientific reports and models from other agencies and stakeholders.  The hydrologist will coordinate with other staff to review Department technical reports and applications. This position also reviews and provides technical comments for grant applications dealing with groundwater and surface water hydrology, hydraulics, water storage, irrigation, and other water-related projects.

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EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:  State government does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, creed, political beliefs or affiliation, veteran status, military service, retaliation, or any other factor not related to merit and qualifications of an employee or applicant.  

Location: Helena, MT
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