Male hydrographer taking water samples in a test tube in a stream.

Hydrographer

Hydrographers measure, analyse and maintain the flow and quality of water in rivers, lakes, stormwater and sewage, and survey and map oceans, seas and rivers.

Overview

Hydrographers measure, analyse and maintain the flow and quality of water in rivers, lakes, stormwater and sewage, and survey and map oceans, seas and rivers.

Day-to-day

  • prepares technical documentation and drawings for hydrographic survey solutions
  • performs routine mathematical calculations and computations of measurements for surveying and charting bodies of water
  • checks, calibrates and maintains surveying, sonar, navigational and other hydrography equipment
  • collects surveying data using computer systems, echo sounders, sonar, GPS and other navigation systems
  • conducts fieldwork by collecting water bed samples and aquatic life for laboratory experiments, tests and analyses
  • prepares maps, charts, sketches, diagrams and reports on the currents and compositions of water bodies.

Considerations

  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

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