Hydrologists measure, analyse and maintain the quantity and quality of water in rivers, lakes, stormwater and sewage. They use this information to plan and develop strategies for water conservation and the improvement of water quality.

Duties & Tasks

Hydrologists may perform the following tasks:

  • select, install, maintain and repair instruments that monitor such things as water levels, water flows, ground water, rainfall and sediments
  • complete field observations and collect sample data at various locations to confirm data gathered by automatic monitors
  • prepare data for use by other professionals
  • provide advice to other professionals about 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)
  • prepare reports on sites, data collection and quality.

Working conditions

Hydrologists work in offices and in the field.

Personal requirements

  • able to work accurately and systematically
  • able to communicate effectively
  • aptitude for physics, mathematics and statistics
  • mechanical ability and the ability to work with technology
  • able to work independently or as part of a team
  • able to work in confined spaces and at heights
  • able to swim.
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