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Southern California Edison Field Hydrographer – Big Creek, CA - 8560 in Big Creek, California

Job Description

Join the Clean Energy Revolution

Become a Field Hydrographer at Southern California Edison (SCE) and build a better tomorrow. In this job, you’ll serve as a Field Hydrographer within the Generation organization. As a Field Hydrographer , your work will help power our planet, reduce carbon emissions and create cleaner air for everyone. Are you ready to take on the challenge to help us build the future?

A day in the life - Get ready to think big, work smart and shine bright!

As a Field Hydrographer, you will determine and record stream flow data using various meters, gages, recorders and using surveying and other accepted hydrographic techniques as well as record hydrological data such as precipitation, stream flow, reservoir level and dam piezometer readings. Enter hydrological data into computer database, compute and verify rates of flow at dams, flumes, weirs, orifices and pipes. Determine shift adjustments, mean daily and instantaneous discharge values, rates of change and preliminary water availability projections. Check the work of other hydrographers for accuracy as necessary.

  • Compiles, verifies for accuracy, and submits gaging records and associated documentation for regulatory agencies.

  • Read, check and service water conveyance and storage recorders, precipitation recorders, temperature recorders, telemark devices, evaporation gages, snow level gages, data loggers, velocity meters, pressure gages and piezometer systems.

  • Change data cards, download data and change paper charges on recording gages, record and make report results.

  • Prepare monthly and annual summaries and station analyses.

  • Make safety inspections at all types of hydrographic gaging stations, cableways and other hydrographic equipment and accessories.

  • Make snow surveys by helicopter, skis, snow shoes or other means.

  • Check sedimentation at dams and diversion ponds.

  • Service station equipment, generators, batteries, vehicles, and performs emergency repair and service, especially in isolated locations during winter months.

  • Operate headworks/diversion gates to change water flow.

  • Install, test, calibrate, modify hydrographic equipment. Prepare field drawings, maps and graphs. Interface with regulatory agencies.

  • Participate in regulatory inspections such as Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Division of Safety of Dams, and United States Geological Survey.

  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The essentials

  • Arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry and/or experience using hydrographic programs, calculating flume and weir formulas, survey measurements, hydrographic equipment, safety rules, practices and regulations.

  • Valid CA Driver’s License.

The preferred

  • Perform stream gaging, service water stage recorder.

  • Observe and record meteorological data.

  • Install, test, adjust, operate, maintain and make minor repairs to meters, gages, and similar hydrographic equipment.

  • Survival and first aid procedures.

  • Communicate effectively with personnel from regulatory agencies.

  • Swim; use snow shoes and/or skis.

  • Set up camp/cook meals.

  • Read topographical maps.

  • Live outdoors in varied weather conditions and isolated locations.

  • Comply with agency standards and license requirements.

  • The knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform this job are normally acquired through a high schooleducation and considerable work experience in hydrography.

You should know

  • Visit our Candidate Resource ( page to get meaningful information related to benefits, perks, resources, testing information, and hiring process, and more!

  • This position will require 25% travel across Big Creek territory including vehicle, helicopter, cable car etc.

  • Able to drive, fly, traverse on uneven surfaces (hiking), sit/stand and work in various weather conditions, for extended periods of time.

  • This position requires testing and applicants who are identified to continue through the selection process will be invited to test via email. We invite you to visit our Candidate Resource ( page for further information and to access information guides. Please access our Information Guides ( ,to reference Edison Individual Contributor Workstylestest 8203, Excel test 4118 and Field Hydrographer Knowledgetest 2449. Candidates who have previously passed these assessment(s), in some cases, may not need to retest again for this position.

  • This position has been identified as a NERC/CIP impacted position - Prior to being hired, the successful candidate must pass a Personnel Risk Assessment (PRA) or Background Investigation. Once hired, the candidate must complete specified training prior to gaining un-escorted access to assigned work location and performing necessary job duties.

About Southern California Edison

The people at SCE don't just keep the lights on. Our mission is so much bigger. We’re fueling the kind of innovation that’s changing an entire industry, and quite possibly the planet. Join us and create a future with cleaner energy, while providing our customers with the safety and reliability they demand. At SCE, you’ll have a chance to grow personally and professionally, making a real impact in Southern California and around the world.

At SCE, we celebrate our differences. We are a proud Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected status.

We are committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.*LI-HY1