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Job Description Summary
Performs complex (journey-level) work involving collecting, compiling, analyzing, and visualizing hydro-meteorological data, preparing water and drought conditions reports, and providing analytical support to water availability and environmental flow studies in support of regional water planning. Work includes assisting in field data collection; collecting, processing, and maintaining data and information related to evaporation, precipitation, and reservoir data; analyzing hydro-meteorological data; and GIS analysis and visualization. Provides technical support to stakeholder and scientific committees. Communicates analyses and results to general and technical audiences. Ensures compliance with applicable statutes and regulations. May train others. Works under general supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the Manager of the Water Availability Department.
Essential Job Functions
- Conducts hydrologic, statistical, or graphical analysis for studies related to water supply and availability.
- Obtains, processes, and maintains data and information related to evaporation, precipitation, and reservoir data, including developing and maintaining software programs and databases.
- Queries data related to precipitation, evaporation, drought indices, soil moisture condition, etc., and develops maps and graphics for inclusion in the monthly Texas Water Conditions Report and the monthly or quarterly Drought Preparedness Council Report; responsible for developing the content and form of the monthly Water Conditions Report.
- Coordinates performance measures reporting in support of the agency strategic plan.
- Responds and/or coordinates the response to customer requests for hydrologic information related to water supply sources, demands, and allocations throughout the state.
- Reviews and screens proposals, applications, study reports for TWDB loans and research projects.
- Writes, reviews, and evaluates technical memos, reports, work process, and policy documents; provides presentations to technical and non-technical audiences.
- Serves as a project and/or contract manager for research and monitoring contracts.
- Assists with field studies, including planning, on-site work, equipment installation, data acquisition, and data management.
- Serves as liaison and provides technical support and information to stakeholder groups, scientific committees, and customers.
- Maintains confidential and sensitive information.
- Ensures individual and team files (electronic and hard versions) are appropriately maintained and timely disposed of in accordance with the agencys records retention procedures and schedule.
- Maintains required certifications and licenses and meets the continuing education needs and requirements of the position to include, attending mandatory training courses.
- May be required to operate a state or personal vehicle for business purposes.
- Requires work outdoors, in small boats, possibly during inclement weather or under hot and cold temperatures.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in hydrology, atmospheric science, civil or environmental engineering, or a related field in the natural sciences.
- Three years of work experience in surface water resources, hydrology, climatology, drought diagnostics, or environmental flows.
- Relevant education and experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.
- Graduate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in climatology, hydrology, natural sciences, or engineering, with emphasis in hydrological data analysis/surface water resources or related field.
- Experience conducting surface water hydrology studies, including field data collection and data analysis.
- Experience processing, displaying, and analyzing scientific data, including large data sets.
- Experience with GIS systems.
- Experience with hydrologic, water availability, or other computational/numerical models.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
- Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to the Water Availability department, including water resources quantification and reporting, regional water planning, drought monitoring and reporting, environmental flows, and water availability modeling in Texas, and of the principles and practices of, public administration.
- Knowledge of scientific, statistical, and hydrologic principles and techniques.
- Knowledge of the practical application of hydrology and water management technologies.
- Skills in scientific data management and in collecting and assessing hydrologic data.
- Skills in analyzing hydro-climatological data, statistical procedures, and software, and in the use of standard tools of the profession.
- Skills in spatial data analysis techniques (e.g., ArcGIS, etc.).
- Skills in using Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Access.
- Skills in use of internet, email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.
- Ability to learn programming languages, such as Python, R, Octave, Matlab, or equivalent, for developing and modifying software and scripts for conducting hydrologic analyses and maintaining automated processes.
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing.
- Ability to plan and coordinate projects.
- Ability to apply hydrologic concepts.
- Ability to adhere to work schedules, follow procedures with respect to leave and submit accurate timesheets by prescribed deadlines.
- Ability to make mature, objective decisions and identify areas of potential problems.
- Ability to perform effectively and willingly when changes occur in scope and nature of the work and work environment.
- Ability to perform routine and non-routine work assignments accurately and on-time with little or no supervision.
- Ability to perform assigned duties and improve work habits and/or output.
- Ability to complete assigned work, on time, neatly and with infrequent errors.
- Ability to interpret policies, procedures, and regulations.
- Ability to provide prompt, courteous and accurate assistance and clear and concise communication to internal and external stakeholders both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to work and cooperate with others in a team environment.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks.
- Ability to stand/sit/move with no physical limitations or aids to perform activities such as retrieve/replace files in a large file system for boxes up to 30 lbs.
- Ability and willingness to travel 10% of the time, primarily within the State of Texas.
- Ability to operate a vehicle (state or personal) for state business and maintain a drivers license and driving record that complies with state and agency requirements.
- Ability to work days that may exceed 8 hours, including early mornings, nights, and weekends.
- Ability to train others.