u s geological survey hydrographer resume example with 16+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
, , 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor (555) 432-1000,

Proficient hydrographer competent in analyzing samples, coordinating data and reviewing trends to assess information quality and maximize operational accuracy. Good inspection, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities developed over 10 years of related experience. Looking to apply knowledge and abilities to new position with room for advancement.

  • Friendly, positive attitude
  • Construction and creative design
  • Drawing, painting, sculpture
  • Training & Development
  • Organizational skills
  • GIS mapping and aerial photography interp.
  • Critical thinking
  • First Aid/CPR, wilderness survival and land navigation.
  • Decision-making
  • Surveying experience
  • Data collection
  • Database archiving
  • Strong analytical and communication skills
  • Physical agility
  • Troubleshooting
  • Technical proficiency
  • Troubleshooting skills
  • Welding abilities
  • Leadership
  • Work ethic
  • Computer skills in: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PP, Excel), Gimp/Photoshop, Arcmap/pro/Qgis.
12/2012 to Current U.S. Geological Survey Hydrographer Merlin Entertainment | Carlsbad, CA,
  • Designed, fabricated, calibrated and maintained stream gages, crest stage gages, suspended sediment gages, some SNOTEL sites, precipitation gages, solar panels and battery systems across New Mexico.
  • Establish reference marks and conducted engineering surveys.
  • Used drones for aerial geomorphic surveys.
  • trained and managed schedules for about 10+ employees; directly oversaw a small crew specializing in suspended sediment studies.
  • Managed a large warehouse requiring forklift operation, heavy machinery, snowmobiles, generators, trailers, trucks, computers, dataloggers, etc....
  • Worked directly with other agencies and cooperators.
  • Tested, inspected and repaired equipment to keep laboratory apparatus operating and correctly calibrated.
  • Prepared samples for analytical tests using correct procedures to obtain precise and accurate results.
03/2008 to 12/2012 U.S. Geological Survey Biological Technician National Wetlands Research Center; Full-time, Perm | City, STATE,
  • Cleaned, maintained and calibrated laboratory and field equipment to ensure continuous accuracy and functionality.
  • Collected information and samples in support of staff research.
  • Maintained detailed logs of experiments and relevant data and updated databases with new information.
  • Performed diverse functions using computer-interfaced equipment, robotics and high-technology industrial applications.
  • Generated maps and reports using tax records, historic images, early aerial photography, anthropogenic data collection through interviews, LIDAR, and GLO surveys of the US.
  • Wrote metadata and methods reports as well as ran statistics reports.
  • Created and maintained massive geodatabases and manipulated data using GIS.
  • Collected field data and ground truthing GPS coordinates.
06/2004 to 08/2007 Aquarist Albuquerque Biological Park | City, STATE,
  • Maintained accurate and thorough records of fish stock, documenting feeding activities, growth patterns and identified diseases.
  • Designed and build aquatic systems
  • Dove in the shark tank and others to ensure accurate feeding and health observations of all aquarium fishes
  • Aided in releasing raised Rio Grande species back into the river.
  • Monitored the Rio Grande for spawning activity and managed salvaging efforts for broodstock.
  • Aided in US Wildlife efforts to sein drying pools in summer months.
  • Aided in invasive species removal on the San Juan
  • Monitored water quality and corrected as needed.
  • Designed and Managed algae growing tanks and brine shrimp feeding colonies.
  • Trained and managed daily duties of many employees.
Education and Training
Expected in 05/2014 to to Bachelor of Science | Geography & Environmental Studies; Minor: History The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, GPA:

CPR and first aid certified. NAUI scuba certified. MOCC DOI boat operation certified. Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response Certified. Wilderness survival and rescue training and experience through UNM EMS program.

Activities and Honors

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. Albuquerque, NM Jan 2013-Present

“tabling” at various events, raising awareness to New Mexico lands that need protection.

Amphibian abundance surveys for USGS. Lafayette, LA April 2009-June 2009

Provided field, laboratory and analytical support for research and conduct wetland surveys to determine reptile and amphibian species presence and abundance.

Louisiana Winter Bird Atlas for LA Bird Magazine. Lafayette, LA Jan-Feb 2009 & 2010

Performed field monitoring and documentation of avian vocalization and visual identification; GPS navigation and manipulation.

Festivals Acadiens et Créoles. Lafayette, LA Oct 2009 & 2010

Stage set up and break down, artist hospitality, recycling services.

Dewy Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week. Ville platte, LA April 2009 & 2010

Stage set up and break down, artist hospitality, audio recording and transmission to local public radio station, stage soundman, beer sales, recycling services.

Earth Day Outreach for UL at Lafayette Students. Lafayette, LA April 2008-2010

Presented PowerPoint presentation to ULL Students showing use of Doppler Radar to track avian migrations; gave demonstrations on bird banding and tracking; discussed methods of conservation and environmental issues affecting migratory birds.

Louisiana Jam Des Amis for Louisiana Folkroots. Lafayette, LA April 2009 & 2010

Stage set up and break down, artist hospitality, recycling services

Dog Sledding Exhibit for the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, UNM Jan 2007-May 2007

Presented a poster on the history and purpose of dog sledding. Provided dog sled, gear and dogs for public to see and experience.

National Wetlands Research Center Laboratory Aid. Lafayette, LA Aug 2007-March 2008

Maintained safe laboratory work spaces; took inventory of chemicals and equipment, updated MSDS safety books; collected samples and ran experiments to test nutrition content of Louisiana fruiting trees and shrubs that support migratory birds.

Louisiana Folklife Program, New Populations Project. Baton Rouge, LA June-July 2009

Assistance with documentation of Vietnamese Buddhist Culture in Baton Rouge, LA and how their culture has been preserved within their communities, rituals and religious shrines.

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School Attended

  • The University of New Mexico

Job Titles Held:

  • U.S. Geological Survey Hydrographer
  • U.S. Geological Survey Biological Technician
  • Aquarist


  • Bachelor of Science

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