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Position Details: Hydrologist

Location: Kampala, Uganda
Openings: 1


Job Summary

Hydrologists analyze how water influences the surrounding environment and how changes to the environment influence the quality and quantity of water. They can use their expertise to solve problems concerning water quality and availability.


Hydrologists typically do the following:

·         Measure the properties of bodies of water, such as volume and stream flow

·         Collect water and soil samples to test for certain properties, such as the pH or pollution levels

·         Analyze data on the environmental impacts of pollution, erosion, drought, and other problems

·         Research ways to minimize the negative impacts of erosion, sedimentation, or pollution on the environment

·         Use computer models to forecast future water supplies, the spread of pollution, floods, and other events

·         Evaluate the feasibility of water-related projects, such as hydroelectric power plants, irrigation systems, and wastewater treatment facilities

·         Prepare written reports and presentations of their findings

·         Hydrologists may use remote sensing equipment to collect data.

·         They, or technicians whom they supervise, usually install and maintain this equipment. Hydrologists also use sophisticated computer programs to analyze the data collected. Computer models are often developed by hydrologists to help them understand complex datasets.

·         Hydrologists also use geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning system (GPS) equipment to do their jobs.


·         Master’s degree

·         ·         undergraduate degrees in hydrology; hydrology concentrations in their

·         geosciences, engineering, or earth science programs.

·         Knowledgeable in the areas of; economics, environmental law, and other government policy related topics. 

Key Skills

  • · Communication skills: Hydrologists prepare detailed reports that document their research methods and findings. They may have to present their findings to people who do not have a technical background, such as government officials or the general public 

·  Critical-thinking skills: Hydrologists assess the risks posed to the water supply by pollution, floods, droughts, and other threats. They develop water management plans to handle these threats.

· Interpersonal skills: Most hydrologists work as part of a diverse team with engineers, technicians, and other scientists.

· Physical stamina: When they are in the field, hydrologists may need to hike to remote locations while carrying testing and sampling equipment.

  • Analytical skills:Hydrologists need to analyze data collected in the field and examine the results of laboratory tests. 

Deadline: 19 November 2017


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