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Water Resource Specialists
District Of Columbia

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Design or implement programs and strategies related to water resource issues such as supply, quality, and regulatory compliance issues.

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Currently Employed: 1,260

Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

Typical Hourly Wage: $51.88 - $72.83

Typical Annual Salary: $107,900 - $151,500

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: 5 years or more

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Perform hydrologic, hydraulic, or water quality modeling.
  • Conduct, or oversee the conduct of, investigations on matters such as water storage, wastewater discharge, pollutants, permits, or other compliance and regulatory issues.
  • Develop plans to protect watershed health or rehabilitate watersheds.
  • Develop strategies for watershed operations to meet water supply and conservation goals or to ensure regulatory compliance with clean water laws or regulations.
  • Write proposals, project reports, informational brochures, or other documents on wastewater purification, water supply and demand, or other water resource subjects.
  • Identify and characterize specific causes or sources of water pollution.
  • Present water resource proposals to government, public interest groups, or community groups.
  • Review or evaluate designs for water detention facilities, storm drains, flood control facilities, or other hydraulic structures.
  • Conduct technical studies for water resources on topics such as pollutants and water treatment options.
  • Conduct, or oversee the conduct of, chemical, physical, and biological water quality monitoring or sampling to ensure compliance with water quality standards.

tools & technology

  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Commercial fishing nets
  • Nitrogen or nitrate or nitrite analyzer
  • Water analyzers
  • Water samplers

  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Map creation software
  • Office suite software
  • Word processing software

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