Water Replenishment District (WRD)

Assistant Hydrogeologist

Onsite - Lakewood, CA
$0 Annually
Full-Time
Application Deadline: 6/17/24

APPLICATION AND INSTRUCTIONS AT www.wrd.org/careers

Salary: $42.74 – $62.61 Hourly / $88,891.00 – $130,221.00 Annually

Job Type: Full-Time

Location: WRD Headquarters, Lakewood, California

Under direction, collects, interprets and analyzes data regarding hydrogeologic systems from the District’s groundwater basins; and performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics: Assistant Hydrogeologist is the entry-level class in the professional hydrogeology class series. Initially under direct supervision, incumbents perform entry-level professional assignments involving the collection of hydrogeologic data and the more routine interpretation of that data. With experience, the work becomes progressively more diversified and difficult and is performed with increasing independence.

Assistant Hydrogeologist is distinguished from Associate Hydrogeologist in that an incumbent in the latter class is responsible for performing moderately complex hydrogeologic assignments requiring greater knowledge and experience in the monitoring and analysis of groundwater basin and well water quality.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

  • Provides field and technical support to co-workers and conducts water quality sampling; collects well water samples from District monitoring and production wells, intake stations and groundwater basins; notifies County staff and property owners to obtain access to well and groundwater basin sites; measures and collects data on groundwater and well water elevation and obtains data from pumpers and other governmental agencies; downloads transducer data; prepares field notes and takes photographs; arranges for the pickup and delivery of samples to the District laboratory.
  • Performs datalogger operations and maintenance in District nested wells; performs wellhead and vault cleanup; schedules and sends monitoring and well equipment and instrumentation to vendors for calibration, upgrade or modification.
  • Maintains and updates District water databases; updates and maintains water level, well construction, well log and well identification data; assigns new District Assistant identification records; inputs measurements into the District’s database and performs quality assurance and control of data; troubleshoots and resolves duplicate records and conflicting data; archives sampling records, lab reports and other documents; updates hydrographs for key and nested wells; performs queries of water databases for water quality and levels, well construction and well logs to obtain data in response to data requests.
  • Performs global positioning surveys as needed; obtains latitude and longitude coordinates with the District’s GPS unit and imports into the District’s GIS system; updates GIS data.
  • Prepares reports on current field conditions at District spreading grounds; performs field inspections and takes photographs; prepares maps of groundwater basins.
  • Attends meetings and training sessions as required.
  • Performs special projects as requested.
  • Conducts tours of District groundwater basins and spreading grounds.

Qualifications :

  • At a minimum the successful candidate will have a B.S. Degree in the field of geology, hydrogeology, earth science, environmental science, environmental engineering or other related field and 1 to 5 years of experience in groundwater monitoring and reporting activities (school programs count as experience).
  • The candidate should show a high level of organization and disciplined work ethic, as well as demonstrated experience through school programs, internships, or employee responsibilities with regards to groundwater monitoring, water resources activities, or water treatment processes.
  • Experience with commonly used software such as Excel, Word, Power Point, ArcGIS, Access and hydrogeological software such as modeling, contouring, geochemistry, geophysical logs and borehole logs is a plus.
  • Experience with mechanical skills to perform diagnostics and repairs of equipment in the field is also a plus.
  • A valid California driver’s license and the ability to lift up to 50 pounds are required

Knowledge of:

  • Basic principles, theories, techniques and practices of hydrogeology, geology, geochemistry and water chemistry.
  • Modern scientific methods and techniques used in the study and analysis of groundwater, well water, seawater and surface water characteristics.
  • Accepted research methodologies and testing techniques.
  • Well operating parameters and pumping system, valve and pipe configurations.
  • EPA sampling and preservation protocols.
  • Modern developments, current literature and sources of information regarding hydrogeology and groundwater.
  • Standard word processing, graphics and spreadsheet software.
  • Principles and practices of sound business communication.

Ability to:

  • Perform routine hydrogeologic analyses using scientific methods and computer equipment.
  • Collect, evaluate and interpret appropriate and applicable data, either in statistical, graphic or narrative form.
  • Format and present data in a logical, understandable manner.
  • Operate field measurement and monitoring equipment.
  • Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive reports, correspondence and other documents appropriate to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Ensure the maintenance of all required files, records and documentation.
  • Exercise judgment and initiative within established guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with District management, staff, representatives of other agencies, property owners, the public and others encountered in the course of work.

Recruiter Information:

Human Resources