Hydrologist (Groundwater)

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
Helena, MT, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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At DNRC we are passionate about ensuring that Montana’s land and water resources remain a benefit today and for future generations. We are actively seeking a Groundwater Hydrologist who values the vast resources in our treasure state as much as we do.

Yes, we fight fires across Montana and provide volunteer fire departments with resources, but are you aware that our agency also owns 5.2 million acres of state land that generates revenue for K-12 schools? Last fiscal year our Trust Lands Division distributed over forty-three million dollars. $43 million. That's no chump change. Or how about, that we are a significant resource to assist small communities through grant funding with restoration of their natural resources. Small communities' matter in Montana.

The DNRC Water Resources Division is responsible for managing Montana’s water for the present and future needs of its people. We compile accurate, up-to-date stream flow data from more than 90 monitoring gages, providing critical data for managing reservoirs, irrigation schedules, water rights permitting and adjudication, floodplain management and other services for farmers, ranchers, citizens and communities. We also manage the operation and maintenance of 22 state-owned dams and 250 miles of irrigation canals.

Work Unit Overview: 

The Water Resources Division (WRD) is responsible for managing Montana’s water for the present and future needs of its people. Comprehensive coordination of the development and utilization of the state’s waters allows the Division to protect existing uses and to promote adequate future supplies for domestic, industrial, agricultural, recreation, the conservation of water for wildlife, aquatic life and other beneficial uses.

The Water Management Bureau (WMB) supports the mission of the WRD by conducting hydrologic assessments of Montana’s surface water and groundwater resources, conducting water resource planning studies, coordinating the State’s role in the implementation of federal and tribal reserved water right compacts, representing and protecting Montana's water interests in interstate and international river basins fostering stewardship of the state’s water resources through diverse outreach programs, providing technical support to other bureaus within WRD and supporting the development of new water resources policies, rules, and regulations. The WMB is organized into a Water Resources Planning Section, Hydro-sciences Section, and Compact Implementation Section. The work of all three Sections is coordinated through the Bureau Chief. In carrying out their duties, WMB staff frequently partner with local water users, watershed groups, conservation districts, other bureaus and Divisions within DNRC, and other state and federal agencies.

Job Overview: 

The purpose of this position is to support the WRD and WMB in administration of the Montana Water Use Act and to support implementation of the 2015 Montana State Water Plan.

The position serves as a department expert on technical analyses of complex hydrogeologic conditions in support of water rights administration, policy development, and water management studies. The position designs field investigations and modeling studies to evaluate the impacts of new or changed water uses on existing groundwater and surface water users. The position requires extensive knowledge of geology, hydrogeology, groundwater modeling, surface water hydrology, Montana water law, and administrative codes. The position serves as department staff expert in administrative hearings and district court proceedings regarding water rights and water use permits. The position represents DNRC on multi-agency technical advisory committees and stakeholder task forces.

The position reports directly to the Hydro-sciences Section Supervisor; however, the incumbent is required to exercise considerable discretion, creativity, and professional judgment.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:  The DNRC may include the following factors in determining whether an applicant meets the qualifications of a position vacancy by: State of MT application form, cover letter, current resume, educational requirements, structured interview, a performance test, job-related reference checks, job-related work experience, job-related past and current performance. 

Approximately 20% travel time with occasional overnight travel.

APPLICATION MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSTION ARE: Your online State of Montana application; Cover Letter; Resume; Transcripts (copy - not official); and answers to supplemental questions.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS:  Please answer the following supplemental questions. This provides you an opportunity to present more complete and specific details regarding your qualifications. The responses should be clear and concise since the hiring team may view them as a sample of your written communication skills. This supplement is reviewed separately from the state application form and is part of the evaluation process.

1. Please summarize how your professional experience and education prepare you for this position.

2. Please describe your experience with developing hydrogeologic conceptual models and the implementation of analytical and numerical models.

HELPFUL HINT: You must check the “relevant document” box to ensure your attachments are uploading correctly to the specific application.

If you are interested in a complete job description, please contact the recruiter listed below.


Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):

A master’s degree in science or engineering in a field related to Hydrogeology, Hydrology, Geology, or Water Resources, with an emphasis in groundwater analysis and modeling and three (3) years of pertinent, progressively responsible experience in physical hydrogeology, groundwater modeling, hydrologic investigations, and the Montana Water Use Act is required. Education and experience equivalent and comparable to that specified above may meet job requirements and would be considered on an individual basis.

ELIGIBILITY TO WORK: In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three days of hire documents that show authorization to work in the United States. Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or Social Security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., or a U.S. passport, or a "green card".

Applicant Pool Statement:  If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. Training Assignment:  This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.  

Job:  Environmental Sciences 

Salary: $ 27.27 - 31.54  Hourly Benefits Package Eligibility:  Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan  

Number of Openings:  1 Employee Status:  Regular Schedule:  Full-Time 

Shift:  Day Job 

Travel:  Yes, 20 % of the Time  

Primary Location:  Helena    Agency:  Department of Natural Resources & Conservation Union:  000 - None Bargaining Unit:  000 - None  

Posting Date:  Jan 2, 2020, 5:08:46 PM

Closing Date (based on your computer's timezone):  Jan 27, 2020, 6:59:00 AM 

Required Application Materials:  Cover Letter, Resume, Supplemental Questions (Refer to Job Posting), Transcripts  

Contact Name:  Dawn Lambert  |  Contact Email:     |  Contact Phone:  406-444-6673