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An initiative from the US department of labor survey


Dear AGU Hydrology Section Community:

You have the opportunity to participate in this important initiative and your input will help ensure that the complexities of your profession are described accurately in the O*NET database for the American public.  


You are considered an Occupation Expert if you:  

· Fit the Department of Labor occupation of Hydrologists: “Research the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of underground and surface waters; and study the form and intensity of precipitation and its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and return to the ocean and atmosphere.”  

Hydrologic Technicians: “Collect and organize data concerning the distribution and circulation of ground and surface water, and data on its physical, chemical, and biological properties. Measure and report on flow rates and ground water levels, maintain field equipment, collect water samples, install and collect sampling equipment, and process samples for shipment to testing laboratories. May collect data on behalf of hydrologists, engineers, developers, government agencies, or agriculture.” 

· Have at least one year of professional experience working in the occupation.  

· Have a minimum of five years combined professional experience practicing, training, teaching, and/or supervising others who perform in the occupation.  

· Are currently actively involved in the field.  

· Are based in the United States.   


How to Participate   


If you meet these criteria, please contact Jahmilah Rodgers at RTI International, the O*NET Data Collection Contractor, at  or 919-926-6634. Please provide the following:  

· Full Name and Occupation volunteering for (Hydrologists OR Hydrologic Technicians?) 

· Company Name and Your Title  

· Address with City, State and Zip Code  

· Daytime Phone Number  

· Email Address  


Process and Participation Incentive: 


 A random sample of experts responding to this request will be invited to complete a set of questionnaires. Experts who are selected and agree to participate will receive $40.00 VISA gift code and an oak-framed certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Department of Labor. We encourage you to consider helping to keep information about your profession accurate and current for the benefit of our colleagues and the nation. Thank you for your support.