Class Description/Grade: Professional 1, Grade 17
Position/Assignment: Hydrologist I
Department/Division (Program and Duty Station): Natural Resources Department –Water Resources Division; 114 Veterans Drive, Lapwai, Idaho.
Direct Supervisor: Water Resources Director
Job Summary for Recruitment
The Nez Perce Tribe Department of Natural Resources, Water Resources Division, is recruiting for: Hydrologist I (Professional I) full-time, two-year term position. Continuation of this position beyond the initial two-year term is contingent upon securing future funding.
The Hydrologist I will be responsible for a variety of tasks associated with the scientific investigation and reporting on of water resources on or near the Nez Perce Reservation. Some specific activities include: installing gaging stations on streams of interest and measuring in-stream flows; investigating water diversions to assess compliance with state and tribal water rights laws; developing rules and regulations in accordance with tribal code; developing protocols related to the enactment, enforcement, amendment, and administration of the tribal water code; developing and evaluating permits and certifications and monitoring compliance with their terms.
This position requires a B.S. degree in hydrology, environmental science, biology, or a related physical or biological science field (M.S. degree preferred).
Primary Duties/Essential Tasks:
• Install and maintain streamflow gaging stations, measure in-stream flows, build rating curves for gage sites, and develop professional reports to detail findings.
• Maintain accurate records of work activities, data, and information gathered for program reporting requirements.
• Supervise field crews, including training, assigning tasks, and evaluating work. May work directly with contractors or field staff to ensure that projects are completed as specified and makes decision on specific project activities. Develop working knowledge of contract and M.O.U. agreement developments for state, federal, and tribal agencies.
• Assist in development and enforcement of tribal code.
• Prepares written and oral reports/statements on project activities.
• Conduct investigations of water quality related complaints and reports of unauthorized diversions.
• Create and maintain a database of gaging site information; create spatial data layers and GIS maps as needed.
• Assist in development of grant proposals.
• Provide environmental education and outreach.
Specific Job Requirements/Credentials:
• Requires the ability to be self-motivated and to carry out a task with minimal supervision. Must be able to promote a pleasant and respectful work environment.
• Requires basic problem-solving skills, and the use of mathematics involving algebraic solutions of equations and statistical analysis.
• Supervises and trains technicians, interns, and volunteers. Develops work schedules and quality control documents.
• Requires physical activity, including lifting up to 50 pounds, hiking over various terrain, wading in wetlands and streams. May be exposed to inclement weather and high water conditions.
• Requires B.S. degree in hydrology, environmental science, biology, or a related physical or biological science field (M.S. degree preferred).
A complete application package includes:
• 1-2 pg. cover letter elaborating on the applicant’s qualifications and interest in the position
• Nez Perce Tribe Application
• A copy of college transcript
• Three letters of reference