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Become A Hydrology Technician

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Working As A Hydrology Technician

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Deal with People

  • $43,030

    Average Salary

What Does A Hydrology Technician Do At Forest Service

* Installs and maintains the district hydrologic instrumentation; repairs, calibrates, and services gages and recorders; performs all maintenance necessary to insure optimal operation of all equipment.
* Assists with planning necessary for modification of existing data collection stations or installation of new stations to augment or improve existing instrumentation.
* Makes sketches of locations, dimensions, layouts, and modifications; coordinates with design personnel and applicable agencies.
* Prepares precipitation, sedimentation, and reservoir operation reports for transmittals to higher authority and other agencies; may supervise activities of lower-grades technicians in this effort.
* Prepares correspondence relating to the request for or transmittal of hydrologic data, or any other matters relating to the district’s instrumentation programs.
* Contacts and confers with Federal, State, and local agencies to exchange data and coordinate stream gaging and rainfall data collection.
* Compiles and analyzes hydrologic data for use in studies or reports, and furnishes data to district elements and outside agencies.
* Develops area-capacity, curves and compiles capacity tablet from surveys for use in sedimentation studies.
* Plots and revises discharge rating curves from discharge measurements

What Does A Hydrology Technician Do At Forest Service

* Collects, compiles and prepares various hydraulic data, in the form of tables or graphs, such as precipitation, stream flow, water quality, and reservoir storage, inflow, and outflow from published reports and responsible agencies.
* Uses topographic maps and construction plans to determine watershed drainage boundaries, flow paths, elevation area relationships, stream channel cross-sections, and basin hydrologic parameters.
* Uses longitude, latitude and other standard surveying descriptions to locate sites on map.
* Uses a planimeter to measure area.
* Transfers information from a map of one scale to a map of another scale
* Performs mathematical computations involving the use of algebra and geometry.
* Uses a calculator and mathematical tables and graphs in making calculations.
* Utilizes a knowledge of reproduction techniques in the preparation of complex or unusual plates, tables, and graphs for effective presentation of hydrologic information in reports.
* Performs field investigations accompanied by an engineer or hydrologist so as to become familiar with hydrologic characteristics of a study area.
* Locate water courses, stream gages, hydraulics structures, and drainage boundary divides.
* Measures channel cross sections and the physical characteristics of hydraulic structures

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How To Become A Hydrology Technician

Environmental science and protection technicians typically need an associate’s degree or 2 years of postsecondary education, although some positions may require a bachelor’s degree.


Environmental science and protection technicians typically need an associate’s degree in environmental science, environmental health, public health, or a related degree. Because of the wide range of tasks, environments, and industries in which these technicians work, there are jobs that do not require postsecondary education and others that require a bachelor’s degree.

A background in natural sciences is important for environmental science and protection technicians. Students should take courses in chemistry, biology, geology, and physics. Coursework in mathematics, statistics, and computer science also is useful because technicians routinely do data analysis and modeling.

Many schools offer internships and cooperative-education programs, which help students gain valuable experience while attending school. Internships and cooperative-education experience can enhance the students’ employment prospects.

Many technical and community colleges offer programs in environmental studies or a related technology, such as remote sensing or geographic information systems (GISs). Associate’s degree programs at community colleges traditionally are designed to easily transfer to bachelor’s degree programs at public colleges and universities.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Environmental science and protection technicians must be able to carry out a wide range of laboratory and field tests, and their results must be accurate and precise.

Communication skills. Environmental science and protection technicians must have good listening and writing skills, because they must follow precise directions for sample collection and communicate their results effectively in their written reports. They also may need to discuss their results with colleagues, clients, and sometimes public audiences.

Critical-thinking skills. Environmental science and protection technicians reach their conclusions through sound reasoning and judgment. They have to be able to determine the best way to address environmental hazards.

Interpersonal skills. Environmental science and protection technicians need to be able to work well and collaborate with others, because they often work with scientists and other technicians.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In some states, environmental science and protection technicians need a license to do certain types of environmental and health inspections. For example, some states require licensing for technicians who test buildings for radon. Licensure requirements vary by state but typically include certain levels of education and experience and a passing score on an exam.

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Hydrology Technician Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • Occidental

  • Tamil

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Top Skills for A Hydrology Technician


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Top Hydrology Technician Skills

  1. Water Quality Measurements
  2. Hydrologic Data
  3. Water Quality Samples
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collected water-level data quarterly, chloride measurements semi-annually, and water quality measurements annually.
  • Compiled and analyzed hydrologic data in order to produce a comprehensive report on the evolution of a stream channel following reconstruction.
  • Water quality samples are taken using a P-63 bomb rigged up to a winch on the side of the boat.
  • Tested USGS-developed software for collecting groundwater site information electronically in the field.
  • Created online templates used for data collection information to increase productivity and decrease paper waste.

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