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City of Reno, NV Hydrologist in Reno, Nevada


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$77,379.12 - $98,771.46 Annually

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Classification Description Summary

Under general supervision, performs a variety of routine, professional work in the research, data collection, and analysis of water resources; assists in the development and implementation of surface and ground water monitoring programs; applies professional knowledge in the anticipation, identification and solution of problems; and provides professional level assistance relative to assigned area of responsibility.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Identify pollution sources and assist in developing strategies to reduce contamination of water supplies.

Conduct Watershed Assessments and prepare reports that include stream surveys, physical description, land use, conclusions, and recommendations.

Determine impact of urbanization and deforestation in reducing water holding capacity and increasing flooding; evaluate the benefits of low impact development practices.

Design, implement, and maintain surface and ground water monitoring programs.

Utilize database, HEC, water quality models, and watershed models for assigned duties; review and generate comments on the hydrologic aspects of technical reports; compile technical and statistical data and prepare comprehensive written reports.

Assist in establishing project goals, objectives, and budgets; develop and execute special projects as needed.

Research and assist in the preparation of grant proposals or other funding sources.

Prepare a variety of concise and clear technical and administrative reports and correspondence; research information, prepare and make presentations to various government, business, and civic groups regarding watershed management.

Serve as liaison with other divisions, departments and outside agencies; serve as staff on a variety of boards, commissions and committees; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in hydrology.

Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.

Provide responsible staff assistance in the Engineering Department.

Coordinate and review the work of assigned staff.

Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Principles, theories and practices of hydrology.

Surface water flow, climate, evapotranspiration, water yield and surface-ground water relationships.

Applied statistics related to hydrology.

Specialized data collection instruments and techniques related to job assignments.

Equipment including computers and applicable software applications related to field of work.

Methods of research and report preparation.

Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.

Principles and practices of project management.

Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

Perform a variety of professional functions in the field of Hydrology.

Conduct studies, survey and research of water resources.

Analyze data, evaluate resources and prepare technical reports.

Perform various hydrologic computations and calculations.

Communicate complex policy and technical material to public officials, the general public and the media. Conduct plan reviews and perform project management duties as related to area of responsibility.

Make difficult and independent decisions without supervision.

Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a concentration in Environmental Engineering, Hydrology, Hydrologic Sciences, Environmental Science or a closely related field. A Master's Degree in Hydrologic Sciences or in Public Administration or closely related field could substitute for the work experience.


Two years of increasingly responsible professional experience as a Hydrologist including one year of administrative experience.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Office and field environment; travel from site to site; work in and around water; exposure to all types of weather and temperature conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain. Occasional contact with the general public, residents and contractors.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a field and office environment; to walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, twist, grasp, and make repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; visual acuity for reading computer screens, engineering plans and specifications; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Other Requirements



Last Update: 9/2018

JD 11/2018

**Existing benefit package is currently under review. Benefits are subject to change.

No state income tax.

Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years.

No social security participation, but Medicare deduction required (1.45%).

City paid medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage; paid 100% for employee and 55% for dependents.

City paid life insurance and long term disability insurance.

Twelve paid holidays.

Deferred compensation plans 457 and 401(a) available, with up to a 5% City match.

Vacation leave accrued at 5 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Sick leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.


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