Ventura CountyVentura 93009
Full Time

Hydrologist III:  Completion of a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, geology, or a related physical science and at least three (3) years of qualifying professional hydrologic or civil engineering experience, including at least one (1) year of professional hydrologic experience.

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Groundwater Specialist Iii

Ventura County
Full Time 3.08 per week 800 S Victoria Ave, Ventura, CA 93009, United States



  • General Salary Increase: 4% effective December 24, 2023; and 3.5% effective December 22, 2024.
  • New Hire Incentive - Hydrologist IV: New hires may be eligible for a one-time New Hire Incentive up to 10% of the current annual base wage. [(Subject to the applicable section of the VEA MOA 2022-2025 (Secs. 3701-3704)].
  • Educational Incentive: An educational incentive of 2.5% for completion of an associate degree, 3.5% for completion of a bachelor's degree OR 5% for completion of a graduate degree. 
  • Bilingual Incentive: Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive depending upon operational need and certification of skill.Proficiency levels by exam are $.65 per hour (Level I); $.80 per hour (Level II); or $.90 per hour (Level III).
  • Professional License: Incumbents may also be eligible for a professional license incentive of 5% depending upon related classification and certification of skill.
  • Vacation Accrual: New regular, full-time employees shall accrue approximately 14 days of vacation a year for the first 10,400 hours or 5 years of service; vacation accruals increase at 5, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 20 years of service topping out at 26 days a year and 400 hours of vacation hours banked.
  • Vacation Redemption: After 20,800 hours of continuous service an employee may elect to "cash in" or redeem up to 80 hours of vacation accrued in the same year after using 80 hours of vacation in the preceding 12 months. 
  • Sick Leave: Full-time Regular employees accrue 3.08 hours of sick leave per pay period with an advance at hire of 40.04 hours which will be balanced at the completion of 13 bi-weekly pay periods. 
  • Deferred Compensation: Eligible to participate in the County's 401(k) Shared Savings Plan and/or the Section 457 Plan.  This position is eligible for up to a 3% match on your 401(k) contributions. 
  • Health Plans: Full-time employees are afforded a flexible credit allowance for purchasing medical, dental, and/or vision insurance from a group of authorized plans: Effective 12/11/2022, regular full-time employees receive an allowance not to exceed $632 per biweekly pay period.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts: Choice of participation in the Flexible Spending Accounts which increase spending power through reimbursement of pre-tax dollars for IRS approved dependent care and health care expenses. 
  • Pension Plan: Both the County and employees contribute to the County's Retirement Plan and to Social Security.  If eligible, reciprocity may be established with other public retirement systems, such as PERS. 
  • Holidays: 12 paid days per year which includes a scheduled floating holiday.

Under direction of the Groundwater Manager, performs professional hydrogeologic work principally supporting the programs and projects of the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency, which is responsible for achieving sustainable management of the groundwater resources across a large portion of southern Ventura County; including technical analysis of groundwater extraction, water quality, and water level data; preparation or review of technical or policy reports; review and implementation of groundwater resources regulations; and related duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will have experience in performing professional level technical and policy work in groundwater resources including analyzing and preparing hydrogeological reports, working with policy makers and stakeholders, and administering local ordinances, state and federal regulations. This candidate will have developed skills in data and statistical analysis with proficiency using Excel for such analyses. A good working knowledge of and experience with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Ventura County water resources and groundwater basins, and proficiency with GIS are desired. Registration as a professional geologist or civil engineer is desired.

PAYROLL TITLE:  Hydrologist III - IV

Hydrologist III:  $3,075.60 - $4,315.32 biweekly
Hydrologist IV: $3,414.60 - $4,787.65 biweekly

EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE:  Possible educational incentive of 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% based on completion of Associate, Bachelor's, or Master's degree.

AGENCY/DEPARTMENT:  Public Works Agency, Watershed Protection District

Hydrologists are represented by the Ventura Employees Association (VEA) and are exempt from overtime compensation.

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assists with implementation of Groundwater Sustainability Plans including technical analysis of groundwater conditions, analysis and management of projects, programs, grants, and sustainability fees
  • Compiles, analyzes, and interprets hydrogeologic information and data necessary to manage programs and implement requirements; analyzes problems, develops and recommends solutions
  • Implements groundwater extraction allocation program including stakeholder education and outreach; and conducts review, analysis, and develops recommendations for variance applications
  • Oversees preparation of annual reports and periodic evaluation of Groundwater Sustainability Plans including analysis of data, preparation of maps, cross sections isocontour maps, and narrative; manages technical consultants preparing reports
  • Develops reports and makes presentations to FCGMA Board, committees, and stakeholder meetings
  • Implements and interprets FCGMA resolutions and ordinances and recommends changes to existing ordinances, or new ordinances, as necessary for sustainable management groundwater resources
  • Monitors project and program compliance to FCGMA Board Resolution approval and specified conditions for monitoring and operation
  • Reviews projects to determine potential impact on groundwater and surface water resources and compliance with FCGMA and County codes, regulations, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); Monitors activities that affect groundwater supplies or water quality
  • Administers FCGMA well ordinance and evaluates and issues well permits
  • Conducts field investigations including supervision of monitoring well installation
  • Assists with preparing, managing consultant contracts and requirements
  • Assists with research, development, and implementation of grant applications and projects
  • Perform related duties as assigned
Typical Qualifications

These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.

EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE: Considerable (III) to progressively responsible (IV) experience in hydrology which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.  This can also be obtained by:

  • Hydrologist III:  Completion of a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, geology, or a related physical science and at least three (3) years of qualifying professional hydrologic or civil engineering experience, including at least one (1) year of professional hydrologic experience.
  • Hydrologist IV:  Completion of a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, geology, or a related physical science and at least four (4) years of qualifying professional hydrologic or civil engineering experience, including at least two (2) years of professional hydrologic experience.
If not registered as a Civil Engineer or Geologist in the State of California, one (1) year of additional qualifying experience is required.
NOTE:  If appointed at the lower level, incumbents may be promoted to the next level without further examination upon meeting minimum employment standards for the higher classification, demonstrating satisfactory performance, and in accordance with the business needs of the Agency.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California driver license
  • Education in geology or civil engineering with emphasis on groundwater
  • Demonstrable experience in hydrogeology
  • Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Must be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Must have strong analytical skills and be proficient with Microsoft Excel. 


  • Knowledge of Ventura County water resources and groundwater basins
  • State of California registration as a Geologist, Engineering Geologist, Hydrogeologist, or Professional Engineer
  • GIS proficiency and experience with data management systems 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)
  • Experience understanding and applying federal, state, local laws and regulations
  • Experience working with stakeholders, elected officials, the general public; making public presentations.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Thorough (III) to comprehensive (IV) knowledge of the principles and practices employed in hydrogeology and water resources management; well construction and destruction methods, well operations, and groundwater chemistry.
Thorough (III) to comprehensive (IV) ability to use sound judgment on difficult hydrogeologic and water resources problems; conduct comprehensive studies, prepare reports, and make recommendations on major projects and programs; establish and maintain effective relations with others; coordinate projects, conduct research, perform data analysis using statistical methods; track/manage information & represent data clearly in technical reports; make recommendations; speak and write effectively; and communicate technical and policy information to the FCGMA Board and the public, and effectively respond to questions from the Board and the public; interact effectively with well operators, members of the public, other employees and representatives from other agencies
Skill in the use of computer software including advanced MS Excel and GIS to conduct complex analyses and prepare charts and maps.

Supplemental Information:
Work is performed in an office environment and/or outdoors. Incumbents may be required to perform strenuous tasks and be exposed to potentially hazardous conditions such as flooded and rugged terrain and remote field sites.