State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $47,364.00-$78,528.00 Yearly






A Hydrographer II is the advanced level of professional competency hydrographic and civil engineering work involving responsibility for projects concerned with hydrographic surveying, waterways improvements and/or shore erosion control.  Employees in this classification perform difficult engineering assignments with a minimum of supervision.  Employees in this classification may be assigned one project, which is broad in scope or may be assigned several different minor projects.  Employees in this classification may direct and supervise lower-level professional Engineers and technicians in carrying assignments to completion and also instruct and review of work for engineering efficiency.

Employees in this classification receive general supervision from a higher-level Engineer and bears responsibility for completion of work, with review only for results and conformance with departmental policy.  Employees in this classification may supervise lower-level Engineers and technicians, outlining the work to be accomplished, methods to be used, and the time allowed for completion.

Positions in this classification are evaluated by using the classification job evaluation methodology.  The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the class specification.

The Hydrographer I is differentiated from the Hydrographer II in that the Hydrographer I performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision while the Hydrographer II has advanced level responsibility for a major engineering project or several different minor projects and assigns, reviews and approves the work of and trains lower-level Hydrographers.  The Hydrographer II is differentiated from the Hydrographer III in that the Hydrographer III has supervisory responsibility for lower-level Hydrographers. 


Directs operation of engineering parties involved in hydrographic surveying, waterways improvement, or shore erosion control;

Prepares designs, plans and specifications for a major engineering program;

Reviews requests by United States Army Corps of Engineers for marine projects as they may affect the State’s marine resources;

Inspects shore properties to determine protective measures to arrest erosion;

Trains new professional and technical employees;

Performs other related duties.


Knowledge of civil engineering methods and practices;

Knowledge of hydrographic surveying techniques and geodetic controls;

Knowledge of engineering plans and specifications for dredging operations and waterways improvements;

Knowledge of currents and littoral drift and application of shore erosion protective structures;

Knowledge of procedures involving hydrographic and geodetic computations;

Knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay and other Maryland tidal waters;

Knowledge of the State Boat Act;

Ability to plan and conduct coastal and hydrographic surveys and to develop charts and maps;

Ability to prepare and interpret engineering plans, specifications, and cost estimates;

Ability to direct and coordinate all efforts on a major project;

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Hydrographic Engineering Associates, other State and federal employees, county officials, and the general public;

Ability to supervise and train professional and technical employees.


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the field of civil engineering or geology.

Experience: Two years of experience performing full performance level hydrographic, oceanographic, or civil engineering work for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.


Education:   A Bachelor's degree in a different engineering field from an accredited college or university.    

Experience: Four years of experience in hydrographic, oceanographic, or civil engineering, including one year in hydrographic engineering related work.


1. Candidates may substitute registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Maryland may be substituted for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree in a phase of civil engineering from and accredited college or university for one year of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in hydrology classification or hydrology specialty codes in the hydrology field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education.




Some positions in this classification are assigned duties which will require the individual to be examined by a physician. After an offer of employment, applicants for such positions will be given a medical examination to certify the ability to perform the essential job functions.


Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions.  Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.

This classification is assigned to Bargaining Unit G- Engineering, Scientific and Administrative Professionals classes.  As provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

This classification is one level in a Non-Competitive Promotion (NCP) series.  NCP promotions are promotions by which employees may advance in grade and class level from trainee to full performance levels in a classification series.  In order to be non-competitively promoted to the next level in a NCP series an employee must: 1) perform the main purpose of the class as defined in the Nature of Work section of the class specification; 2) receive the type of supervision defined in the class specification, and 3) meet the minimum qualifications of the classification.

Date Revised

May 31, 2019

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 002134; REV: 5/31/2019;

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