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Hydrogeologist, Staff/Tech

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Posting Begin Date: 2024/05/29
Posting End Date: 2024/06/23
Category: Natural Resources
Sub Category: Water Agency
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Boise, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 28.50
Maximum Salary: 34.00
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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State of Idaho Opportunity


Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on the posting end date. 

The Idaho Department of Water Resources is offering an exciting opportunity for an individual who wants to have an impact on Idaho water issues. The opening is in the Groundwater Modeling Unit of the Hydrology Section and entails conducting hydrogeologic investigations and performing quantitative hydrogeologic analyses. 

There are two levels for this job opening – Staff Hydrogeologist and Technical Hydrogeologist. The Staff Hydrogeologist is the entry level for the Hydrogeologist classification. Through on-the-job training, classroom training, achievement of team and agency goals, and Professional Geologist licensure in Idaho, there will be opportunities for a Staff Hydrogeologist to progress to the Technical Hydrogeologist level in the Hydrogeologist career track. A Technical Hydrogeologist is expected to handle more difficult projects with little supervision.


Example of Duties

Staff Hydrogeologist Level

  • Conduct hydrologic studies and evaluations, including field work, related to water occurrence, availability, use, flow, regulation, and administration
  • Prepare written technical reports to document studies and analyses
  • Perform or oversee water resource data collection following standard procedures
  • Provide technical review and generate comments on the hydrologic aspects of technical reports and permit/license applications
  • Develop water budgets and conceptual models of aquifer systems
  • Participate on technical committees involved in developing solutions to water resource problems
  • Make oral presentations to agency personnel and the public

Technical Hydrogeologist Level

  • Apply intensive and diversified knowledge of hydrogeologic principles and practices within a specialty area
  • Plan, conduct, and coordinate detailed phases of hydrogeologic work
  • Make oral presentations to staff, other agencies, public officials, and the general public.
  • Conduct analyses and report on large, complex water data sets for regulatory and management purposes
  • Develop, calibrate, and apply groundwater flow models
  • Testify in administrative hearings or legal proceedings



Staff Hydrogeologist Level

Minimum Qualifications

Good knowledge of: 

  • Principles, theories, and practices of groundwater hydrology or hydrogeology including those pertaining to groundwater flow


  • Collecting and analyzing data to evaluate groundwater characteristics and flow

Typically gained by a college degree in a physical science such as hydrology, hydrogeology, geology, water resources, environmental science, geophysics, soils, or engineering AND either successful completion of at least two, one-semester college courses in hydrology or hydrogeology or at least one year of directly related experience in hydrology or hydrogeology.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and/or experience preparing aquifer water budgets and developing conceptual and/or computer models of aquifer systems
  • Knowledge and/or experience applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Experience providing technical assistance to an interdisciplinary team working on resource management issues
  • Experience writing and editing computer scripts and programs

Technical Hydrogeologist Level

Minimum Qualifications


  • Designing and implementing statewide and/or regional operations and/or programs in one of the following hydrogeologic specialties: (1) ground water flow and monitoring, (2) ground water quality monitoring and protection or regional ground water modeling; or (3) reviewing hydrogeologic analyses and making decisions relative to their merit
  • Registration as a Professional Geologist is required as defined in Idaho Code Title 54, Chapter 28 (**Registration as a Professional Geologist is required within six months of hire)

Typically gained by at least four years of work experience as a hydrologist or hydrogeologist. A master's degree in a related field such as hydrology, hydrogeology, geology, geosciences, water resources, environmental science, or engineering can qualify for one year of additional experience. A Ph.D. in one of the related fields can qualify for two years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience developing, calibrating, and applying numerical groundwater flow models.
  • Experience making oral presentations on scientific subjects to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Knowledge of water resource management related to state and federal laws and regulations
  • Experience using GIS applications to process, analyze, and display hydrogeologic data



The State of Idaho offers a robust total compensation package, including medical, vision, and dental insurance; PERSI retirement benefits; paid sick, vacation, and parental leave; and 11 paid holidays per year. For additional information related to benefits and/or State programs, please visit*


To learn more about the Idaho Department of Water Resources, please visit our website:

Our Mission: To serve the citizens of Idaho by ensuring that water is conserved and available to sustain Idaho's economy, ecosystems, and resulting quality of life.



The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.