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$85,000-$104,400/ Annually
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8 hrs/day

#130121 Hydrology Engineer

Initial Review Date: Tue 6/11/2024

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

This is a two (2) year 100% contract position. This appointment may be extended or converted to career status based on the needs and funding of the department.


Must be willing to go in the field for up to two (2) months per year for periods of up to three weeks throughout the year.


Climate, Atmospheric Science, and Physical Oceanography (CASPO) department is part of SIO's Oceans and Atmosphere (O&A) Section, which also includes the Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) department. CASPO is home to more than 50 Principal Investigators (PIs), their staff, numerous postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, visiting researchers and volunteers. CASPO Business Office oversees approximately $35 million in annual research expenditures, with most of the funding coming from federal and state agencies. CASPO scientists operate a number of high-profile research units, such as the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E) and the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment (CAICE), as well as engineering facilities that fabricate a variety of specialized ocean research instruments (the Instrument Development Group and the Lagrangian Drifter Laboratory).


The Hydrology Engineer uses professional engineering concepts to perform moderately complex engineering assignments in the field of hydrometeorological observations of the atmosphere and landscape to support major research efforts. Under general supervision, assists with equipment design, preparation, deployment, and maintenance of a wide variety of hydrometeorological and hydroclimatological stations throughout the west. Works on assignments of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors. Supports junior researchers, interns, and graduate students to prepare and test in the lab, and then deploy and maintain field equipment in a variety of environments. Supports long-term research projects that rely on hydrometeorological monitoring and sampling as well as keeping current with the latest technologies and research advances.

CW3E aspires to promote the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in every aspect of our work. The Center understands the intrinsic value of a diverse workforce and continually seeks to expand the representation of people from diverse backgrounds and identities in geosciences. CW3E aims to foster an environment where all of our members feel valued, supported, and included. The Center strives to partner with and include the perspectives of historically underrepresented communities in our research, education, and outreach. More information can be found on our dedicated EDI website at


  • Working knowledge necessary to begin independent application of principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments. Knowledge of hydrological measurement principles for streamflow, soil moisture, and other parameters.

  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and understanding of computer systems used in engineering environments: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, UNIX, and LINUX. Proven ability to program in a variety of languages for instrument design, instrument and sensor performance review, data quality checking, and data processing.

  • Organizational abilities and decision-making to prioritize work assignments. Knowledge and experience in project management to estimate, track and report cost of equipment and personnel, and ensure completion of work by deadlines with adherence to quality standards. Demonstrated experience to provide guidance in an environment of changing priorities and deadlines in the laboratory and in the field.

  • Experience in planning and performing laboratory work and fieldwork necessary to meet project objectives in a safe manner including when traveling with hazardous materials, in adverse conditions such as travel within mountain regions at high altitudes, travel to wet and dry regions, travel in extreme weather including extreme heat, extreme cold and extreme wet, travel in vulnerable areas during wildfire season.

  • Proven ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships and partnerships with remote stakeholders and partners.

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills. Proven ability to convey complex information in a clear and concise manner. Proficient writing skills, especially for proposal and specialized technical report publication.

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills including thoughtfulness, diplomacy and flexibility with students, staff, faculty, collaborators, stakeholders, communities, and partners from diverse backgrounds and cultures.


  • Must be willing to go in the field for up to two (2) months per year for periods of up to three weeks throughout the year. Evenings and weekends may be required.

  • Must be willing to perform fieldwork in variable terrain using rugged 4WD vehicles, ships, small boats, helicopters, and small planes.

  • Must be able to perform heavy physical labor and to work under adverse conditions. Must be able to use ladders, climb stairs, and be able to lift over 60 pounds. Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.

  • Job offer contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $74,300 - $134,500 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $35.58 - $64.42

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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