Waterworks Hydrographer

Hydrographic Surveyor

Minimum BSc (Physics and Mathematics)

Not required

The tasks a Hydrographer, Waterworks is expected to perform include:

Analyzing hydrographic data to determine trends in movement and utilization of water

Reading meters and gauges to measure water flow and pressure in streams, conduits and pipelines

Recording data

Measuring water level in lakes, reservoirs and tanks

Calculating seepage and evaporation rates for dams and reservoirs

Measuring depth of water in wells and test holes to determine ground water level

Measuring snow characteristics to evaluate water yield from snow runoff

Preparing graphs and charts to illustrate water patterns

Positioning sluice gates to direct water onto spreading grounds

Installing, calibrating and maintaining metering instruments

Recommending locations for metering stations and instrument placement

Knowledge of relevant tools and equipment required

Knowledge of practical application of engineering science and technology

Skilled in using power tools installing, operating, testing and maintaining instruments

Knowledge of bathymetry, hydraulics, hydrology, meteorology and geohydrology

Skilled in measuring, gauging and surveying

Knowledge of bore holes

In-depth knowledge of hydrology analysis

Not applicable

Good communication and interpersonal skills

Analytical mind

Attention to detail

Hardworking and persistent


It is not a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Companies usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous

One may develop occupational hazards such as stress on eyes, mental and physical strain, joint and back pain, etc. if not taken care of

For freshers - INR 8,000 to INR 50,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

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Natural resources research institutes

Government bodies


Private research consulting firms

Cities and towns across India