Under the overall supervision of the Section Manager, the Hydrologist Associate serves as a project lead for developing and reporting regional groundwater flow models and acts as a go-to resource for others in the modeling section or the department at-large seeking modeling expertise. Whether leading a team or working independently, the Hydrologist Associate is a technical expert responsible for the development of new groundwater models across all stages of their lifecycle: from conceptualization to initial setup, testing, calibration, documentation, and application (e.g., projections).
A successful candidate is experienced in groundwater flow modeling using MODFLOW and looks to continue playing an active, hands-on role in developing ADWR’s groundwater flow models. The successful candidate is well-versed in model calibration, understands the uncertainties associated with regional-scale groundwater flow modeling and long-term projections, and is looking for an opportunity to play an active role in applying and developing mechanisms for quantifying and communicating these uncertainties to decision-makers and stakeholders.
A hybrid work schedule (some work in the office and some work from home) is available for this position.
Job Duties and Responsibilities include:
This position requires extensive knowledge of groundwater flow modeling techniques and MODFLOW. The candidate must know how to apply inverse modeling techniques to the groundwater flow model development process and interpret statistical results for both technical and non-technical audiences.
The candidate should demonstrate skills in analyzing technical problems; using databases, spreadsheets, and GIS applications; establishing and meeting project objectives and milestones; writing technical reports; documenting groundwater flow models studies, results, and analyses; presenting analysis and results to the modeling team members and other department staff; and maintaining effective working relationships with team members, agency employees, and the public.
The candidate should have the ability to assist in the direction and coordination of hydrogeological and groundwater modeling projects of considerable complexity; interpret hydrogeologic and well data needed to review and develop conceptual groundwater models; prepare and review project deliverables, including detailed technical reports and presentations; develop and maintain project schedules; share technical skills and knowledge, and train and mentor junior technical staff as applicable; effectively communicate in both a written and oral fashion; and present analyses and results to the department staff, other agencies, and public forums.
An advanced degree from an accredited college or university in hydrology, geology, hydrogeology, civil engineering, environmental engineering, or related field. Candidates with B.S./B.S.E. degrees with exceptional experience and skills may also be considered.
Eight or more years of experience in numerical groundwater modeling, advanced data analysis, or other related experience.
The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package, including:
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment. The current contribution rate is 12.17%.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact ADWR Human Resources Office at (602) 771-8500 for assistance. Persons with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language or an alternative format by contacting ADWR Human Resources.
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State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.
The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.