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Hydrographer (ESC) - Manton, CA

Manton, CA, US, 96059

Requisition ID # 30405 

Job Category : Engineering / Science 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Power Generation

Job Location : Manton

Department Overview

PG&E’s Power Generation Department manages and operates the largest privately-owned hydroelectric system in the nation. These renewable electric generation resources, located mostly at high elevation in California mountain ranges including the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade mountains include 68 powerhouses, 184 miles of canals, 41 miles of flumes, 135 miles of tunnels, 19 miles of penstocks, 99 reservoirs, and 142,000 acres of watershed lands all covered by 26 operating licenses issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).


Position Summary

A fully experienced Hydrographer is mostly autonomous, capable of performing full range of hydrographic work without technical oversight. They are solely responsible for meeting and complying with FERC/USGS surface water data collection and timely submittal of such record to the USGS. The Hydrographer is familiar with water rights for assigned watershed, has a thorough hydrographic knowledge of assigned watershed and facilities. Responsible for minimizing compliance deviation risk. They are responsible for recorded stage data, develop stage to flow with storage equations and make appropriate shift and datum corrections necessary due to channel control changes.


Resolves water related problems of complex scope. Assignments may provide an opportunity for creative and/or non-standard approaches. Independently plans work to meet objectives. Work solutions may provide an opportunity for creative/non-standard approaches.


Supports Generation Supervisors, Hydro Scheduling Consultants and Hydro Analyst in data synthesis towards the optimization of hydro production within full compliance of FERC license requirements and in a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible manner.



Minimum Qualifications

-Valid Driver’s License

-B.S. Degree or higher in water/hydrology, meteorology, geology, water resources, engineering, soils, natural resources or geology related field preferred

-Typically requires 2+ yrs. at the associate level with ability to function autonomously without significant oversight. Has successfully submitted records to US Geological survey with their acceptance. May have satisfied these experience criteria with an outside Company or Agency.


Desired Qualifications

-Responsible for accurate write up of documentation and procedures including developing concisely worded E-mails to accompany data transfers.

-Demonstrates basic consulting skills to assist others with understanding hydrographic and water related operations and limitations of data for specific applications.

-Appropriately prioritizes time needed to produce results. Schedules daily work load. Handles multiple projects during any given day.

-Has complete knowledge as to where to retrieve data for various uses including meeting data requests.

-Ability to integrate information from a variety of sources.

-Has complete knowledge of hydro database and hydroelectric system including stream/reservoir gages and weather stations in assigned area.




-Specify equipment needs, install, calibrate operate and maintain all instream and reservoir gauging equipment.

-Participates in Powerhouse efficiency testing.

-Conduct all types of stream flow measurements.

-Familiar with ultrasonic flowmeter installation and operation.

-Familiar with FERC license required flows and storage requirements i.e. instream, recreation, and pulse flows, minimum reservoir storage, and reservoir drawdown schedules.

-Monitor current software e.g. GRIP/GUSS and HYDSTRA/KISTER programs for compliance with FERC license requirements.

-Review spillway reports for maintenance of spill rights.

-Collect, process and submit all surface water data

-Performs various water related studies, data requests, and billing as needed.

-Performs snow surveys.

-Coordinate with systems and programming staffs current software (HYDSTRA/KISTERS) on program enhancements

-Work with and provide direction to engineering, consultant and contract staff on specific projects.

-Handle and coordinate billings for the local Watershed.

-Audit, validate powerhouse records prior to submitting to the USGS.

-Participates in meetings, workshops, and conferences with technical and management representatives of state, federal, local water agencies and other stakeholder groups.

-Assist in preparing and developing recommendations on alternative approaches to optimize water system operations and performance.

-Validate GRIP/GUSS/GIS data to assure a stable and accurate flow of data to other departments, governmental and outside Agencies

-Perform analytical and technical assistance to the Water Management and other departments as may be needed.

-Prepares memoranda and reports documenting the results of technical analyses and participates in presentation to technical and non-technical audiences.

-Oversees operations of weather modification/precipitation enhancement project if present on their watershed.

-Participate in Relicensing meetings and studies for watershed projects.




Our Mission

To safely and reliably deliver affordable and clean energy to our customers and communities every single day, while building the energy network of tomorrow.

Our Vision

With a sustainable energy future as our North Star, we will meet the challenge of climage change while providing affordable energy for all customers.

Our Culture

We put safety first.
We are accountable. We act with integrity, transparency and humility.
We are here to serve our customers.
We embrace change, innovation and continuous improvement.
We value diversity and inclusion. We speak up, listen up and follow up.
We succeed through collaboration and partnership. We are one team.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, our 24,000 employees deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to nearly 16 million people throughout our Northern and Central California service area, stretching from Eureka to Bakersfield and from the Pacific Ocean to the Sierra Nevada.

More About Our Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

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