Entry-Operator

Field Hydrologist

Also known as: Hydrographer

Hydrographers measure, describe and map the earth's surface waters (including oceans, seas, rivers, lakes, estuaries and the water in channels and pipes). They are also involved in collecting and analysing information on surface and below-surface flow and quality. 

Duties

  • Select, install, maintain and repair instruments which monitor water levels, rainfall, sediments, etc;
  • Design, construct, install and maintain civil works associated with water-related projects and activities (including dams, weirs, bridges, irrigation projects, water supply schemes, flood protection works, warning services and marine facilities);
  • Compile navigational charts and other data for the safe navigation of Australian waters;
  • Collect sample data at various locations to confirm data gathered by automatic monitors;
  • Use underwater acoustic equipment to establish and monitor tidal data, outline coastlines, measure seabed depths, and search for underwater obstacles in oceans or lakes;
  • Prepare data for use by other professionals; and
  • Prepare reports on sites, as well as on data collection and quality.

Skills Required

  • Able to work accurately and systematically;
  • Aptitude for physics, mathematics and statistics;
  • Able to work independently;
  • Able to work as part of a team;
  • Able to work in confined spaces and at heights; and
  • Able to swim and a current diver's licence may also be required.

Salary

$30,000 - $50,000