Hydrographers measure, analyse and maintain the quantity and quality of water in rivers, lakes, stormwater and sewage. They use this information to plan and develop strategies for water conservation and the improvement of water quality.
Duties & Tasks
Hydrographers may perform the following tasks:
- select, install, maintain and repair instruments which monitor water levels, rainfall, sediments, etc.
- collect sample data at various locations to confirm data gathered by automatic monitors
- prepare data for use by other professionals
- provide advice to other professionals on civil works associated with water-related projects and activities (including dams, weirs, bridges, irrigation projects, water supply schemes, flood protection works, warning services and marine facilities)
- prepare reports on sites, data collection and quality.
An ocean hydrographer maps oceans and seas and examines and develops strategies for addressing issues, such as water quality and related environmental impacts.
Hydrographers work in offices and in the field.
- able to work accurately and systematically
- aptitude for physics, mathematics and statistics
- able to work independently or as part of a team
- able to work in confined spaces and at heights
- able to swim
- a current drivers licence may also be required.